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New symposium offers ‘lifelong learning’ opportunities for alumni

In an effort to engage alumni in lifelong academic exploration, the University is hosting its first-ever alumni symposium Oct. 5–6.

Symposium participants will be able to choose from more than 20 faculty presentations offered in three sessions. Topics range from the global financial system, biological terrorism and the conservative-liberal ideological divide to public art and the cultural impact of Negro spirituals.

“Time and again, alumni tell me they want to connect effectively with one another and reconnect with faculty and the intellectual life on campus. The symposium is just such an opportunity — a chance for alumni to exchange ideas and explore inspiring themes drawn from the world today and presented by some of our most distinguished scholars,” says Chancellor Robert Coombe, who will host a symposium discussion of DU’s past, present and future.

“This event truly reflects the depth and breadth of the DU educational experience and exemplifies the University’s rich academic tradition,” he adds.

The symposium will kick off with an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, to be followed by dinner and a keynote address by DU alumnus and Enterprise Rent-A-Car Chairman and CEO Andy Taylor (BSBA ’70).

Alumnus Bob Perito (BA ’64), a senior program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace and an adviser to the Iraq Study Group, will deliver a keynote address following lunch on Saturday, Oct. 6.

The symposium is open to all alumni; the registration fee is $100 and includes attendance at both keynotes, faculty seminars and all meals during the event. Call 1-800-871-3822 for more information, or for a complete schedule, descriptions of the presentations and online registration.

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