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AHSS 2014 Alumni Reception and Livingston Lecture


AHSS 2014 Alumni Reception and Livingston Lecture

The 2014 Livingston Lecture is now SOLD OUT. Please call our events line at 303-871-2425 with any further questions. Thank you!

AHSS Alumni Reception and Livingston Lecture

Monday, May 5, 2014
Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall 
2000 E. Asbury Avenue 
5:30 p.m. — AHSS alumni reception (Hors d'oeuvres and open bar)

6:30 p.m
. — Presentation of the second annual AHSS Alumni Achievement Awards 

6:45 p.m.
— Lecture: The Real Monuments Men and Women: Art Restitution Successes and Challenges, presented by Professor Elizabeth Karlsgodt
Return to campus this spring to join us for the free AHSS alumni reception and John C. Livingston Lecture. Connect with AHSS alumni, faculty and students during the reception (complimentary hors d’oeuvres and open bar). Then hear from Elizabeth Karlsgot, associate professor of history, about the  men and women who inspired George Clooney’s
recent film, The Monuments Men.

This event is sponsored, in part, by the John C. Livingston Endowed Lecture Series.


Click for here for a map of campus.

By car:
Parking is available for a fixed rate of $5 in Lot L, located on the south
side of E. Asbury Avenue between S.University Boulevard and S. High Street.

By train:
Take RTD Light Rail E, F or H to the University of Denver stop. Walk three
blocks south on S. High Street. Turn east on E. Asbury Avenue. Sturm
Hall is on the south side of E. Asbury Avenue.

Persons with disabilities needing accommodations should call 303-871-2425.

Lecture summary:

Who were the curators, architects and other art experts who joined Allied forces during World War II and rescued art that had been looted by the Nazis? Professor Elizabeth Campbell Karlsgodt will shed light on the men and women who inspired George Clooney’s recent film, The Monuments Men.

The film portrays the key role played by American art experts in the recovery of works that had been stolen by the Nazis across Europe, mainly from Jewish collectors, or sold by owners under duress. The dramatization, however, fails to address a few key aspects of this history: the importance of looting in the broader Nazi effort to eliminate Jews from European society; the crucial contribution of western allies to the art recovery program; and the role played by remarkable women.

Come away with a better understanding of these courageous individuals and their work, while gaining a broader perspective of restitution successes in the early postwar years, and the ongoing challenge of returning Nazi-era art to rightful owners.

Lecturer Biography:

Elizabeth Campbell Karlsgodt is an associate professor of history at the University of Denver and author of Defending National Treasures: French Art and Heritage under Vichy  (Stanford University Press, 2011). She is currently writing a book with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities on the recovery of art looted by the Nazis, comparing restitution practices in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The AHSS Alumni Achievement Awards

Did you know there are more than 26,000 DU liberal arts alumni? This year we present our second annual Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Alumni Achievement Awards. We anticipate these awards will become an exciting new tradition at DU in recognizing the personal, professional and community service accomplishments of our liberal arts alumni.

Four awards will be presented:

Young AHSS Alumni Achievement Award
AHSS Community Engagement Award
AHSS Alumni Service to DU Award Lifetime
AHSS Alumni Achievement Award

This AHSS Alumni Achievement Awards program has been created under the AHSS Advisory Board, which offers its experience, expertise and energy to the leadership of the divisions to enrich the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences communities. The award selection committee is made up of AHSS Advisory Board representatives and the dean.