25th Anniversary of the Great Conversations program in the CSU College of Liberal Arts

Great Conversations


The Great Conversations program brings together a community of engaged learners who receive unique access to liberal arts faculty, explore the latest scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts, and participate in lively discussion around topics of local, national, and global importance. Conversation topics reflect the vibrancy and diversity of the College of Liberal Arts, showcasing premier research across the humanities, performing arts, and social sciences. This year, Great Conversations members will gather in unique ways, at a distance, virtually, and with the goal of providing a safe space for cultural enrichment and community building.

Membership directly supports the Ann Gill Faculty Development fund, an essential resource for liberal arts research, outreach, and creative artistry that ensures our faculty remain on the cutting edge of their disciplines, developing new knowledge and capabilities that, in turn, benefit the students who work and learn alongside them at Colorado State University.

This year, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Great Conversations. Thanks to the support of our members, the Ann Gill Faculty Development fund has increased to nearly $1 million, providing essential support for more than 55 liberal arts faculty. With your support, we will reach our $1 million goal, ensuring the tremendous impact Great Conversations has on our faculty, students, and the community continues for the next 25 years and beyond.

We look forward to celebrating the 25th season of Great Conversations with you!

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Annual Member: $1,870

As a member at the $1,870 level you will receive exclusive College and University benefits including:

  • Invitation to four Great Conversations events per year
  • Invitation to the Summer Soiree year-end celebration
  • Membership to Colorado State University’s 1870 Club, and all associated benefits


Dean's Circle: $2,500

Increase your impact by joining the Great Conversations Dean’s Circle at the $2,500 level.

By joining the Dean’s Circle level, you will receive all of the Great Conversations membership benefits, as well as special recognition and unique access in honor of your commitment to furthering the liberal arts through your increased support.

25th Anniversary: $5,000

A new membership level in celebration of 25 years of Great Conversations!

Your $5,000 commitment will support Great Conversations and ensure that we achieve our goal of increasing the Ann Gill Faculty Development Endowment to $1 million in 2020.

By joining the 25th Anniversary level, you will receive all of the Great Conversations membership and Dean's Circle benefits, as well as an invitation to a special 25th Anniversary concert event.

2020-2021 SEASON

Presented by Dellenbach Subaru

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Sept. 2020 - Virtual Fall Address and Picnic with the Dean **Dean’s Circle & Anniversary Level Members

CSU Oval in the fall

Virtual Fall Address

Dean’s Circle and Anniversary Members will be invited to small group lunches with the Dean and Associate Deans. 

Date: TBD
Location: Virtual link

Oct. 2020 - 25th Season Kickoff with Music Cities Collaboration

Music Cities Collaboration: Communities and Culture

Featuring a conversation with: Michael Seman, assistant professor, LEAP Institute for the Arts at Colorado State University, Bryce Merrill, Music Programs manager, Bohemian Foundation, and Stephen Brackett, co-founder of Youth on Record, bandleader of Flobots, and CSU philosophy alum

Moderated by Michelle Stanley, associate professor and director, LEAP Institute for the Arts

Date: Tuesday, October 6
Location: Virtual

Nov. 2020 - The Fourth Branch: The role of local news in a fragmented world

The Fourth Branch: The role of local news in a fragmented world

Presented by Matthew Hitt, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Date: Thursday, November 12
Location: Virtual

Jan–Mar. 2021 - Great Conversations Book Club

Book club options for Great ConversationsGreat Conversations Book Club

Read one book by one of our faculty authors, and we’ll provide discussion questions and facilitate small group book club discussion with the authors in March.


Feb. 2021 - Behind the Scenes: Why Good Surveys are an Art and Science

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Behind the Scenes: Why Good Surveys are an Art and Science

Presented by Jeni Cross, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 17
Location: TBD


Mar. 2021 - Special 25th Anniversary Concert Event **Anniversary Level Members

Griffin Concert HallSpecial 25th Anniversary Concert Event

Anniversary Level Members are invited to Griffin Concert Hall for a special performance and behind the scenes discussion with Bryan Wallick.

Date: TBD
Location: Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts


The December 8 concert has been rescheduled to March 2021 in order to comply with University guidelines. Check back for details on the date and time.

Apr. 2021 - 'Just Try to Understand': Inviting Spacious Listening Across Cultures

Pawn pieces colored in a variety“Just Try to Understand”: Inviting Spacious Listening Across Cultures

Presented by Liz Parks, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Date: Tuesday, April 13
Location: TBD


Jun. 2021 - 25th Season Summer Soirée

Summer Soiree25th Season Summer Soirée

Celebrate the end of the season with members, Ann Gill Faculty Development Award Recipients, and faculty presenters. Music entertainment from the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Date: TBD
Location: Dellenbach Event Venue


Dean's Circle Member at Great Conversations social event


Great Conversations membership starts at $1,870 per household. By joining at the $5,000 or $2,500 level you will receive recognition and special access for your increased support. You may give as an individual, family, or business. Your entire membership gift will be directed toward the Ann Gill Faculty Development fund, and may be tax-deductible.

To join as a Great Conversations member, visit our site or call Kelly McDonnell with questions at (970) 491-0227, or kelly.mcdonnell@colostate.edu.