50 · Survey Results: Survey Questions And Responses
Respondent 2
Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature book discussion series. Subject liaison librarian successfully applied for
ALA grant to host this program with multiple partners, including university academic units and several diverse local
religious communities. We had almost 100 registered participants, with at least half sustaining participation through
all five sessions. We received good publicity and had many participants asking for similar series in the future. The
librarian who ran the project felt that it was specifically successful due to our varied partnerships both within the
university and with the community groups.
Sala’s Gift: An Evening with Ann Kirschner guest lecture. The University Librarian hosted the author for a
presentation. Author’s publicist arranged significant publicity before the program, and we had over 120 people
attend an evening program (in the rain). We felt it was specifically successful because of the wide age range of
attendees, and that community members, as well as high school and college students were drawn to attend.
Respondent 3
How Serious Are the Problems Facing Our Species? (Spring 2008) In spring 2008, we collaborated with an
independent author and facilitator, as well as numerous campus and community world-class scientists and experts
(Boulder is a hub of climate and related research) to feature a series of four panels under the banner of How Serious
Are the Problems Facing Our Species? And how serious are we about addressing them? An ongoing series of
discussions with the experts. The panels, free and open to the public, were offered on third Thursdays from 6–8 pm,
in an event venue on the 5th floor of the library. The individual panels were titled: How Serious Are the Problems
Facing Our Species? How Serious Is Peak Oil (and all energy issues)? How Serious Is Global Warming? How Serious
Is Population Growth and Social Injustice? Approximately 40-85 people attended each, except for somewhat
fewer (as expected) in May. This series was considered a success because far more attendees than usual from the
community attended, as well as significant numbers of faculty in support of their colleagues and fellow scientists.
Due to the timeliness and importance of the topics, we also experienced more press coverage than usual (thus
bringing in the community members).
Crossing Borders/Border Crossings: A Collaborative Exploration of Geographic and Cultural Boundaries
Through Art, Conversation, and Film (fall 2007) Crossing Borders, featuring original art by faculty at the National
School of Fine Arts in Mexico and curated by University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) art professor Dr. George Rivera,
showed at the UCB UMC Art Gallery in the University Memorial Center August 27 through September 28, and
included an opening reception with Dr. Rivera. Thematically, the art addresses issues of geographical and cultural
boundaries. Concurrently, local non-profit Dialogues on Immigrant Integration (DII) and the University Libraries
presented Border Crossings, an art exhibit also curated by Dr. Rivera and featuring Colorado Chicano/Latino artists
in the University Libraries hotspot Gallery in Norlin Library from August 28 to October 25. A Border Crossings
celebration took place on Thursday, September 13, from 5:30 to 8 pm in the Norlin Library fifth floor. The event,
free and open to the public, included an international buffet, readings by local immigrant authors, comments by art
show curator Dr. Rivera and introductions of the artists, and engaging and thought-provoking World Café dialogs.
In addition, the UMC Art Gallery hosted a panel discussion to explore the border in both literal and figurative terms,
as both a conceptual and physical phenomenon. DII and the UMC Dennis Small Cultural Center also screened two
documentary films by and about those who have experienced first-hand the challenges of crossing geographical
and cultural borders, each followed by a discussion facilitated by Dialogues on Immigrant Integration. These
events took place during the campus Arts and Culture Week, which provided additional promotion. This event was
considered a success because the collaboration was international, cross-campus, and with a community-based
organization. Participation reflected this, with attendance more representative of students and community members
than usual. The variety and extent of the events was also a success factor.
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