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September/October Enrichment Program Events

Faculty and staff members are eligible for a 20 percent discount.

The Enrichment Program connects the intellectually curious adult to DU's outstanding faculty, facilities and programming, and Denver's rich cultural community through non−credit classes. Here is a selection of classes coming up in September and early October:

CRISPR: A Revolutionary New Gene Editing Tool
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7–9 p.m.

Researchers recently identified a novel mechanism that can be used to manipulate and edit DNA in any organism, including humans. Join Christopher Phiel, assistant professor of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado Denver, to discover how the technology, called CRISPR, is revolutionizing biology, from the study and potential treatment of genetic disorders, to use in preventing the transmission of disease by mosquitos and other organisms, to the creation of crops resistant to disease. Faculty and staff use code EPFSF17 to save 20 percent on registration.

Bestselling author Mark Bowden to visit campus
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7-9 p.m.

One of the best books on a single action in Vietnam, written by a tough, seasoned journalist who brings the events of a half-century past into sharp relief. ~ Kirkus review of Huế 1968 (starred review)
Mark Bowden is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Black Hawk Down, which journalist Michael Maren called “one of the most intense, visceral reading experiences imaginable.” In his new book, Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, Bowden again focuses on war, examining each stage of a pivotal battle during the Tet Offensive, which changed the course of the Vietnam War. In collaboration with the Tattered Cover Bookstore, the Enrichment Program welcomes author and journalist Mark Bowden to the DU campus in honor of the summer publication of Huế 1968. After 24 days of intense fighting, the casualties numbered more than 10,000, making the Battle of Huế the deadliest of the entire war. Walter Cronkite famously concluded, “the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate.” When the battle was over, Americans were no longer considering the possibility of winning the war, only how to withdraw from Vietnam. With unprecedented access to archives in both countries and interviews with participants on both sides, Bowden delivers a compelling, anecdote-filled narrative of this critical combat from multiple points of view that is destined to become a classic of war reporting. Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have already acquired the rights and plan to adapt the book into a miniseries. USMC Vietnam Tankers Association President and DU alum John Wear will facilitate a conversation at this event. The presentation will conclude with an audience Q&A and post-program book signing. Registration includes a copy of Huế 1968 by Mark Bowden. Please note that this is in lieu of a faculty-staff discount for this event.