CU Denver School of Public Affairs strives to be an educational resource by offering a number of timely and relevant events each year. Community members, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to learn more about current topics and participate in ongoing discussions involving the fields of public administration, local governance, environmental sustainability, education and criminal justice. Consider joining us as we host subject experts and take a deeper look into the issues and opportunities facing local, state and national leaders. If you have questions about any of our events, please contact us at

Update about our events due to the coronavirus

In response to an official announcement from CU Denver regarding changes to the campus events policy, the School of Public Affairs will be holding all of our events virtually, unless otherwise indicated, until we are permitted to resume our in-person programming. This affects events such as our First Friday Breakfast and Criminal Justice Series, as well as our co-hosted events. Those not already on our events mailing list can subscribe to receive updates and invitations to our events.


Upcoming events

October First Friday with the School of Public Affairs: What are we voting on? A pre-election discussion of Colorado ballots, issues, and candidates

| 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM
Cost/fee: Free
The fall 2020 election will be critically important and unique in so many ways, especially given the current COVID-19 pandemic. The election will determine important races, from the U.S. President, to the U.S. Senate, to all of Congress. For Coloradans, most of the state legislature will be on the ballot, as well as at least 11 state amendments and propositions. Join us for a virtual moderated discussion with a diverse panel of experts who will delve into these races and ballot measures.

October Criminal Justice Series: International Human Rights and Prosecuting War Crimes

| 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Cost/fee: Free
For the past few decades, there has been growth in international criminal justice, in part because of changes to the structure of the international justice system and also because of greater concern for human rights violations and war crimes within States’ borders. In 1998, a statute was passed that led to the creation of a permanent International Criminal Court. After a relatively brief period of time of prioritizing the prosecution of war crimes and legally responding to genocide, international justice seems to be fatiguing, with concerns about the effectiveness, costs, and amount of time taken by the investigations and trials. Are these concerns valid, and what are some of the possible responses? Join us for a conversation with Ken Scott, who has spent his career fighting large-scale injustices from white-collar crime to human rights violations and war crimes.