Extraordinary conversations

Speakers at the 2014-15 Boulder Conversations with Extraordinary People: (from top, l-r) Mark Retzloff, Virginia Patterson, Micklina Peter Kenyi, Peter Dietze, Jamie Korngold, Dorothy Rupert, Marvin Caruthers, Ken Wright.

If you could invite any Boulderite to dinner, who would it be?

The Boulder History Museum has assembled a list of fascinating locals – any of whom you would enjoy sitting next to.

Its once-a-month speakers series, Boulder Conversations with Extraordinary People,  provides the perfect forum. Attendees enjoy wine and cheese, then gather around for a personal talk by a significant local. That person often provides little-known details of their own backstory.

“We ask our speakers to talk about their lives and the significant moments that led them to where they are now,” says Nancy Geyer, Boulder History Museum CEO. “The result has been some truly unforgettable talks.”

Began in 2009, the series has hosted well-known notables like Frank Shorter, Mo Siegel, and Josie Heath. But speakers also include Boulderites who may not be on your radar.

That’s unlikely the case with the speaker featured this Wednesday, October 15. Virginia Patterson is a nonagenarian civic maven who has been an absolute force in Boulder since the day she moved here to attend CU in the 1940s. Her discussion may include student life, her trailblazing days as a Pearl Street business woman, her outlook on this community’s future and much more.

The event on November 12 is an absolute must-attend. It features Micklina Peter Kenyi, the first “Lost Girl of Sudan” to settle in Boulder in 2004. As a young girl in the middle of a brutal war in South Sudan, Ms. Kenyi was separated from her family and home community. She survived the misery of Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp and later found hope in an orphanage in Nairobi, from which she began a path toward attaining a formal education.

Ms. Kenyi graduated with honors from CU in 2010.  While attaining her degree, she founded the non-profit Community for Sudanese and American Women and Men. The organization helps South Sudanese women adjust to life in Boulder County, attain an educational degree or vocational certificate, and become independent and self reliant. She is passionate about education, women, politics and her home country of South Sudan.

More fascinating people are on tap and the season runs monthly through April. All series events are held at the future home of the Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway in Boulder. For the full line up and to purchase tickets online (also available at the door), GO HERE.

Upcoming Boulder Conversations with Extraordinary People

Virginia Patterson
Wednesday, October 15 | 5:30 – 7 | $15 | tickets

Micklina Peter Kenyi
Wednesday, November 12 | 5:30 – 7 | $15 | tickets