Great Conversations


Now entering its 24th 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 Endowment, 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!


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
  • Exclusive Great Conversations e-newsletter
  • Membership to Colorado State University’s 1870 Club, and all associated benefits

Increase your impact by joining Great Conversations at the $2,500 level to become part of our Dean’s Circle. Your increased commitment will support the Great Conversations Campaign and our goal of growing the Ann Gill Faculty Development Endowment to $1 million by our 25th season (2020-2021). You will receive special recognition and unique access, and all of the benefits listed above.

Donors at 1870 Dinner

2019-2020 SEASON

Presented by Dellenbach Subaru

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Great Conversations Kickoff Event

Does Technology Create or Heal Partisan Divides: Looking through the Lenses of the Liberal Arts

A community discussion, featuring a members-only reception with our season speakers and Dean Withers before the event.

Presented by

Evan Elkins, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Michael Humphrey, Assistant Professor of Journalism & Media Communication
Jessie Luna, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Lory Student Center Theater

Thursday, September 26, 2019 | Member Reception at 5:30 p.m., Program at 7 p.m.

Graphic illustration of computer monitors with big data

Environmental Sociology: Accessible Lessons on Collective Sustainability & Environmental Justice

Presented by Stephanie Malin, Associate Professor of Sociology

Hosted at the home of Chris and Michele Ray

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wind Turbine in a field

Digitized Yellowstone: How Digital Technologies Help Preserve and Interpret Historic Park Resources

Presented by Sarah Payne, Assistant Professor of History

Hosted at the home of Kelsey and Mike Nosler

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Geyser at Yellowstone National Park

Primitive Huts: Debating the Origins of Art in the Eighteenth Century

Presented by Peter Erickson, Assistant Professor of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

Hosted at the Richardson Design Center, Colorado State University Campus

Thursday, April 23, 2020

18th century artwork

Summer Soirée

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

Hosted at the home of Marla and Rocci Trumper

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Columbine flower
Dean's Circle Member at Great Conversations social event


Great Conversations membership are $1,870 per household or $2,500 to join as a Dean’s Circle Member, which includes 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