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Dphi enriches Denver’s intellectual and cultural life through programs that reframe our perspectives, challenge our assumptions, and stimulate dialogue about human thought, history, science, art and culture.
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April 12th, 2:00pm
In 1950, Enrico Fermi initiated a series of informal discussions among his Los Alamos colleagues as to the ubiquity of extra-terrestrial life and the probabilities of contact with alien civilizations. He famously asked, “Where are they?” citing the lack of any physical evidence for extra-terrestrial life, and hence the scientific paradox which still carries his name.
“Are we alone in the Universe?” is arguably one of the oldest and perhaps most universal questions ever asked. Join us and a panel of interdisciplinary experts as they dissect the question of where the extraterrestrial intelligence is and the philosophic and scientific implications the answers to that question have for human life on earth.
Join us for a discussion with SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Advisor Carol Cleland, Astrophysicist & Planetary Scientist Kamran Sahami, and Rhetorician & Religious Studies researcher Roger Green
Co-Sponsored by MSU Denver Honors Program
Explore the intersection of Punk Music, Politics, and Community. 80s/early 90s DC hardcore, selective service, the Revolution Summer, and a coda on toxic masculinity in punk.
April 13th, 6:00pm
Mutiny Information Café (2 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209)
CRITICAL DIALOGUE PANEL DISCUSSION
How can universities better support Indigenous students through curriculum and programming?
April 20th, 1:00pm
CAVEA (JSSB 420)
Co-Sponsored by MSU Denver History
Mysticism - The Abdication of Ecstasy
Simon Critchley is an English philosopher and the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York, USA.
Challenging the ancient tradition that philosophy begins in wonder, Critchley argues that philosophy begins in disappointment. Two particular forms of disappointment inform Critchley's work: religious and political disappointment. While religious disappointment arises from a lack of faith and generates the problem of what is the meaning of life in the face of nihilism, political disappointment comes from the violent world we live in and raises the question of justice in a violently unjust world. In addition, to these two regions of research, Critchley's recent works have engaged in more experimental forms of writing on Shakespeare, David Bowie, suicide, Greek tragedy and association football.
Noam Chomsky, Conversation with D-phi at MSU Denver