Events

Join us as we hear from renowned lecturers and guest speakers, view creative works by filmmakers, and celebrate leaders in the fields of media, film and journalism. Our recurring events include the Estlow Center's Anvil of Freedom Lecturer, the Margolin Distinguished Lecturer, the Marsico Visiting Scholars series and the InShort Film Showcase.

students discussing their films at the InShort Showcase.
  • Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Lecturer

    Outstanding Contributions to Journalism and Democracy

    Established in 1993, our Estlow Center brings in an annual lecturer and recipient of the Anvil for Freedom Award who serves as a keynote speaker at a University-wide event and talks with students to deepen their exploration of journalism and democratic freedom.

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  • Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture

    This annual series is provided in honor of renowned Colorado business journalist Morton Margolin. During his distinguished 35-year career with the Rocky Mountain News and the Colorado Business Magazine, Margolin received many awards, including a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize.

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  • InShort DU Film and Video Showcase

    Each spring, students in our narrative or documentary film sequences showcase their final projects. These screenings are free and open to the public and are a great chance to see the creative work of our film studies and production students. 

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  • Marsico Visiting Scholars Program

    Faculty coordinate special lectures and workshops in cooperation with the University's Marsico Visiting Scholars Program, which brings guests with backgrounds in topics of interest to our students.

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Margolin Lecture 2019

Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture

Beginning in 2015, the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture has been given each year in honor of renowned Colorado business journalist Morton Margolin. During his distinguished 35-year career as a journalist with the Rocky Mountain News and the Colorado Business Magazine that he co-founded, Margolin received many awards, including a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. His series of news stories exposing controversial U.S. reclamation projects in the Riverton, Wyo., area in 1952 won him that nomination.

Prior to the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture Series, the University of Denver School of Communication and the Denver College of Business presented the prestigious Morton Margolin Prize recognizing Distinguished Business Reporting in Colorado from 1980 until 2008. A group of Margolin's friends established the award following his death in 1978 to recognize his career as a business journalist for local publications, including the Rocky Mountain News and Colorado Business Magazine.

  • Past Lectures

    Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturers

    • 2021: Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • 2020: Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune
    • 2019: Bill Arkin, The Guardian
    • 2018: Dean Baker, Center for Economic & Policy Research
    • 2017: Julianne Malveaux, Economic Education
    • 2016: Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, NPR
    • 2015: Riva Froymovich, The Wall Street Journal

     

    Morton Margolin Business Journalism Award Winners

    • 2008: Gargi Chakrabarty, Rocky Mountain News
    • 2007: David Olinger and Aldo Svaldi, Denver Post
    • 2006: Allen Best, Colorado Biz
    • 2005: Paul Beebe and Bryan Oller, The Gazette
    • 2004: Greg Griffin and Jeffrey Leib, The Denver Post
    • 2003: Louis Aguilar and Kevin Simpson, The Denver Post
    • 2002: Shannon Joyce Neal, The Daily Sentinel
    • 2001: Greg Griffin, The Denver Post
    • 2000: Tina Griego, The Denver Rocky Mountain News
    • 1999: Al Lewis, The Denver Rocky Mountain News
    • 1998: Michelle S. Conklin, Rocky Mountain News
    • 1997: Alan Prendergast, Westword
    • 1996: John Accola, Rocky Mountain News
    • 1995: Price Coleman, Rocky Mountain News
    • 1994: Julie Hutchinson, Colorado Business
    • 1993: Garrison Wells, Denver Business Journal
    • 1992: Andy van De Voorde, Westword
    • 1991: Jaye Scholl, Barron’s
    • 1990: Don Knox, Rocky Mountain News
    • 1989: Mark Harden, The Herald (Everett, Washington)
    • 1988: Henry Dubroff and Mark Tatge, The Denver Post
    • 1987: Suzanne Costas, Denver Business Journal
    • 1986: Michael Rounds, Rocky Mountain News
    • 1985: Glenn Meyers and Jeff Rundles, Rocky Mountain Business Journal
    • 1984: Gail Pits, The Denver Post
    • 1983: Joe Weber, Rocky Mountain News
    • 1982: William Boas, Jr, Colorado Business
    • 1981: Jerry Ruhl, Rocky Mountain News
    • 1980: Alan Gersten, Rocky Mountain News

Join us at the 2021-2022 Morton L. Margolin Lecture on Wednesday, September 29!

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