Anderson Cooper — CNN's Anderson Cooper will speak at the University of Colorado. Cooper is an award-winning journalist and host of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360°." Cooper will speak at Macky Auditorium in an event hosted by The Distinguished Speakers Board, a CU Boulder student-led organization; 7 p.m., 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder; colorado.edu.
CO WASH Symposium — The 6th annual CO WASH Symposium, on March 6-7, is a student-organized event that brings together premier speakers from the academic, practitioner, and NGO sectors engaged in water, sanitation and hygiene research and practice. The two-day event consists of panels, presentations, and interactive sessions and is free and open to the public; 8 a.m., Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community (SEEC) Complex, 4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder; free; colorado.edu/washsymposium.
Introducing the Band with Mark Diamond — A weekly Tuesday night music series hosted by Mark Diamond features a different band and style of music at every show. Food and drink are available at while audience members enjoy the music; 7 p.m., The Post Brewing Company, 2027 13th St., Boulder; free; 720-372-3341, postbrewing.com/event/introducing-the-band-with-mark-diamond.
Ramona Ausubel: Awayland — Ramona Ausubel will speak about and sign her new book, "Awayland: Stories"; 7:30 p.m., Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder; $5; 303-447-2074, boulderbookstore.net/event/ramona-ausubel-awayland.
A Century of Views of Colorado: 1820-1920 — Immerse yourself in the unique story of Colorado by visiting an exhibition of maps and landscape views in the University of Colorado Map Library. Rare government reports, prints and bird's eye views complement the maps. Some of these drawings were originally created by artists accompanying government explorers; others were commissioned by private companies; 8 a.m., Wednesday, Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library, 2200 Colorado Ave., Boulder; free; 303-492-6133, colorado.edu.
Build It with Legos — If you love Legos, join the Louisville Public Library for building fun after school. Make the wildest creation you can imagine and it'll be displayed in the Library. For children and families. No registration required. Contact Children's Services at 303-335-4821 or email@example.com; 4 p.m., Wednesday, Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce St., Louisville; 303-335-4821, louisvilleco.gov.
Capitalsim, Socialism, or Social Democracy: Which is the best option for us now? — Panelists will express their views on the best economic system. Panelists include Phil Graves, University of Colorado professor of economics; Tom Mayor, CU professor emeritus, sociology; Jonathan Flowers, CU Young Democratic Socialists of Amerca; and Steven Hlavac, senior at CU. The event will explore our economic options; 7 p.m., Wednesday, Hellems 252, CU, west of the UMC, Boulder; free; 720-509-3378.
A Century of Views of Colorado —The Friends of the CU Boulder Libraries present their Spring Treasures event, "A Century of Views of Colorado: 1820-1920," with an accompanying exhibit in the Map Library. The guest presenter, Christopher W. Lane, regularly appears in print and is a map appraiser for TV's "Antiques Roadshow." Lane is a nationally-known historian of Western cartography and owner of The Philadelphia Print Shop West in Denver. The event is open to the public; 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Benson Earth Sciences, CU Boulder, 2200 Colorado Ave., Boulder; free; 303-492-9201, colorado.edu.
Boulder Jewish Film Festival Opening Night — The 6th Annual Boulder Jewish Film Festival opening night honors the incredible resources available to all people living with disabilities in Boulder County. The Community Inclusion Resource Showcase will include leaders from local organizations, as well as members of the constituency they serve. More than a dozen local agencies will be featured as special guests, and will share their work with audiences during a gala reception and art opening for Ian McLaughlin from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Boulder JCC lobby. "Keep the Change," a film by Rachel Israel, features actors on the autism spectrum who play the autistic characters in the romantic comedy. The festival runs through March 18 at Dairy Arts Center; 7 p.m., Thursday, Boulder Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder; $20-$25; 720-749-2530, boulderjcc.org.