Nanda OpEd—International Law of the Sea and Climate Change

May 30, 2017

Professor Nanda discusses the recent meeting of the Arctic Council, climate change, the U.S. and international cooperation in his most recent OpEd for the Denver Post.

Read his May 26th, 2017 column

Nanda Op-Ed: Questions About North Korea

May 01, 2017

Professor Nanda addresses the tensions rising over Trump’s statements and actions regarding North Korea in Sunday’s Denver Post.

Read his column PUBLISHED: April 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm | UPDATED: April 28, 2017 at 3:37 pm

Nanda Op-Ed: Trump International Trade Policy Incoherent

April 10, 2017

In his most recent Op-ed for the Denver Post, Professor Ved Nanda compares Trump’s international trade rhethoric versus his actions.

Op-Ed: Nanda on Trump Presidency and US-India Relations

February 28, 2017

Professor Ved Nanda recently returned from lecturing at the Indian Law Institute in New Delhi and brings with him a view into the concerns of a troubled ally.

This past weekend’s Denver Post Op-Ed: What Donald Trump’s presidency means for India

Free Discussion: Responding to the Executive Order Muslim State Ban

January 31, 2017

From the DU Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies


On Friday, January 27, President Donald Trump issued a new executive order that bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen – from entering the United States, even if they hold a second citizenship in any third country. He announced that more countries may be added to the list. The executive order also suspends US refugee arrivals for at least four months, bans Syrian refugees, and will likely prioritize Christian refugees if and when the suspension is listed. Finally, the executive order calls for new, “extreme vetting” of immigrants. What does this mean for members of the DU community? What can students, staff, and faculty do to respond to this new situation?

We are pleased to be co-sponsoring an event for the DU community in response to this executive order tomorrow:

Responding to the Refugee & Muslim-Majority Country Ban

Tuesday, January 31

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Driscoll Ballroom

Driscoll Student Center (North) | 2nd Floor

Faculty and staff will offer brief comments to provide information, explain resources, and frame the discussion, then the floor will be opened for discussion.

Speakers include:

  • Rev. Dr. Gary Brower, Director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
  • Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies
  • Seth Masket, Chair of the Political Science Department
  • Paul Chan, Office of the General Counsel
  • Laura Maresca, Interim Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
  • Marjorie Smith, Associate Dean of International Student Admission
  • Lynne Warner, Director of International Student and Scholar Services

Co-sponsored by: The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Center for Middle East Studies, Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Office of Internationalization, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Political Science, the Center for Judaic Studies, the Office of Human Resources, the Constitutional Campus Working Group (Sturm College of Law), the Social Justice Living & Learning Community, the Latin America Center (Korbel), the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, and the International Student Admission Office.

This will be the first in a series of events hosted by the University of Denver aimed at providing a greater understanding of these events as they arise.

For more information contact Tiffany Wilk,

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Op-Ed: Trump Effect on US Leadership Role in World

January 30, 2017

Professor Ved Nanda’s most recent Opinion published in the Denver Post, PUBLISHED: January 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Is Trump’s “America First” strategy, recently illustrated by pulling the U.S. out of international agreements, creating international leadership holes other countries like China will step in to fill?

Read the Denver Post Article online.

Feb 25 Celebration Wiill Honor Ved Nanda’s 50 Years at DU

January 20, 2017

The University of Denver and the Nanda Center honor Professor Ved Nanda’s 50 years at DU.

February 25, 2017

Reservations required.

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“Making Excellence Inclusive: Leading for Inclusion in Challenging Times” at DU’s Diversity Summit

January 19, 2017

To open the 2017 DU Diversity Summit Thursday proceedings, university chancellor Rebecca Chopp today led a panel discussion entitled, “Making Excellence Inclusive: Leading for Inclusion in Challenging Times.” Other speakers included: Tony Frank, President and Chancellor of Colorado State University; Joe Garcia, President of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education; Betsy Oudenhoven, President of Community College of Aurora; and Jill Tiefenthaler, President of Colorado College. Some comments offered by panel participants follow:

Chancellor Chopp stated that an education leader, who typically deals with a steady stream of discrete issues, also must have a vision in order to lead effectively. She asked participants about their visions.

  • Tony Frank: The faculty and staff of a college or university must mirror the larger society. “There is still a big gap between where we are and where we want to be.”
  • Joe Garcia: Enrolling students alone is not enough; we must also support students so that they succeed. He noted there is a gap between elite institutions and open access institutions; the former can do more on the enrollment side, the latter can do more on the support side.
  • Betsy Oudenhoven: Agreed that support is a key to equitable outcomes. “We can serve a diverse student body, and we can be excellent,” she said.
  • Jill Tiefenthaler: “We all have aspirational statements on diversity and inclusion. The hard work is holding a community accountable to them.”

A great challenge to be managed on campuses today is how to nurture a free speech atmosphere while recognizing that some speech is offensive. Both are consistent with the values associated with higher education.

  • Tony Frank: Increased polarization in social discourse is reflected on our campuses; as a result, it has become difficult, when discussing hot issues, to find common ground necessary for a good dialogue. “That space is getting smaller and smaller,” he said. “Part of our job is finding ways to phrase issues in neutral terms.”
  • Rebecca Chopp: Pointed out the special role higher education has in building a better future for our society. “It is in the self-interest of democracy to promote and achieve inclusion.”

Other highlights:

  • Betsy Oudenhoven: “America needs open access institutions” to successfully move students into the workplace and into 4-year institutions.
  • Rebecca Chopp: “Business is outpacing universities on diversity and inclusion. Why? Because they perceive its in their self interest to meet a diverse community’s needs.”

DU Chancellor Chopp clarifies protections of undocumented students and Muslim students

January 12, 2017

In an email dated January 12, 2017 and addressed to the DU community, Chancellor Rebecca Chopp clarified the rights and protections extended to undocumented and Muslim students on the university’s campus. Among the items she stated:

DU does not and will not voluntarily share student information with immigration enforcement officials.

DU will not voluntarily grant access to University property to immigration officials for enforcement, investigative or similar purposes.

DU Campus Safety never has and will not assist ICE, CBP, USCIS or Denver Police Department in efforts to identify and report undocumented community members.

DU will continue with immigration attorneys and other community resources to provide support for undocumented community members.

In addition, Chancellor Chopp wrote, “The University of Denver will do everything in its power to respond to the evolving needs of our students, including those who are undocumented or are Muslim.”

See the full letter below:

$5000 Prize Goes to LSAC Diversity Writing Competition Winners Deadline is March 31, 2017

January 11, 2017

The LSAC Diversity Committee announced its 2017 Writing Competition. There are three levels of competition—1L, 2L and 3-4L. The topic is “Why Pipeline Programs Targeting Students from Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds Are Essential to the Future of the Legal Profession.” Entries must be submitted by March 31, 2017, a hard deadline. See more details below:

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