Great Conversations

Great Conversations

Now entering its 22nd year, the Great Conversations program is a community of engaged learners who receive unique access to Liberal Arts faculty research, exploring the latest scholarship out of the College of Liberal Arts, and participating 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.

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

Please join us in Great Conversations membership for the coming year! Read more about the new season here

As a member 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
  • Exclusive Great Conversations e-newsletter
  • New this year: Membership to Colorado State University’s 1870 Club, and all associated benefits

2017- 2018 Season

Civic Engagement and Governance in a Polarized Society

A Community Discussion-in-the-Round, followed by a member-only VIP reception with our speakers

Presented by Former Colo. Governor Bill Ritter ‘78, New York Times Public Editor Liz Spayd ’81, and John Straayer, Prof. of Political Science

Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center

Thursday, September 28, 2017 | Doors open at 6 p.m., Program at 6:30 p.m.

Some Have Greatness Thrust Upon 'em': How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare™ and Why He Still Matters

Presented by Roze Hentschell, Professor of English, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Hosted in the University Theatre

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Vulnerability: Balancing the Environment and Well-Being in a Time of Climate Change

Presented by Kenneth Shockley, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Location to be announced

February 1, 2018

Musical Creativity in Autism: Exploring Growth through Collaborative Peer Interaction

Presented by Erik Johnson, Assistant Professor of Music Education and Blythe LaGasse, Associate Professor of Music Therapy

Hosted at The Music District

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Summer Soirée

Featuring entertainment from the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Hosted by Marcia and Jerry Donnan

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


This season generously sponsored by:

Dellenbach Subaru

Dianne and Jim Harper

Carol Ann and Gary Hixon

Kellie and Steve Sponberg

Shannon and Steve Yemm

Great Conversations Membership

Great Conversations membership are $1,870 per household. 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, click here or call Savannah Kacher with questions at (970) 491- 4030, or