Great Conversations


Now entering its 23rd 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!

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
  • New this year: Membership to Colorado State University’s 1870 Club, and all associated benefits

Join Great Conversations at the $2,500 level to become part of our Dean’s Circle, and receive unique access and recognition for your increased support, as well as all the benefits listed above.

2018- 2019 Season

Presented by Dellenbach Subaru

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Rigor and Imagination: The values of the liberal arts in a complex and polarized society

A community discussion, featuring a members-only reception with our speakers before the event

Presented by Dan Beachy-Quick, Professor of English

Madeline Harvey, Assistant Professor of Dance

Sammy Zahran, Associate Professor of Economics

Longs Peak Room, Lory Student Center

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | Member Reception at 5:30 p.m., Program at 7 p.m.

Behind the Scenes: Curating the Hartford-Tandstad Collection of the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art

Presented by Catherine DiCesare, Associate Professor of Art History

Hosted in the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Economics of Sharing in the 21st Century: Can mobile technology save the planet?

Presented by Anders Fremstad, Assistant Professor of Economics

Hosted at the home of Steven Hubbard and April Walden

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

10,000 Years of Rams vs. the Buffs: Ancient Hunters of the Colorado Plains and Rocky Mountains as Revealed by Archaeology

Presented by Jason LaBelle, Associate Professor of Archaeology

Hosted in a CSU classroom, including a tour of the Kaplan-Hoover Bone Lab

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Summer Soirée

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

Hosted at the home of Alan and Barbara Rudolph

Thursday, June 6, 2019


Great Conversations Membership

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, click here or call Kelly McDonnell with questions at (970) 491-0227, or