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This Month's Featured Stories  

Van Jones Comes to DU

Join us at the AHSS Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Van Jones, CNN political correspondent and former green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. This lecture series brings to Denver an innovative leader from a liberal arts field.

Van JonesTuesday, April 14, 2015
5:30 p.m., Reception (light appetizers)
7 p.m., Lecture, American Dream 2.0: Creating an Economy that Works for Everybody, presented by Van Jones
Davis Auditorium, 2nd floor, Sturm Hall
Free, but registration is required online or by calling 303-871-2425.

“Imagine a new economy, where the founding principle of our country — liberty and justice for all — is deeply rooted in our economic philosophy and design, where businesses can profit alongside flourishing communities. To achieve this prosperity, we need to transform our ideas and understanding around ownership and wealth — transcending consumerism, transforming corporations and revitalizing communities.” — Van Jones

At this lecture, Jones will argue that we need to build institutions that expand and unite these seemingly small and disparate strategies. He will discuss how the new economy is not a revolution  it’s an evolution, a long-term plan that re-imagines capitalism with intent and creates businesses with a conscious design that respects communities and the environment. Learn more

Lamont Students Take New Approach to Traditional Opera

Otto Nicolai’s exuberant romp, based on Shakespeare’s comedy, revolves around the captivating rascal Sir John Falstaff, who attempts to seduce the wives of two of Windsor’s most prominent men. But the wooed Windsor women see right through his schemes, making his plans go askew with disastrous and hilarious results.

operaLamont students are using the English text and a traditional setting of Otto Nicolai’s 1849 opera The Merry Wives of Windsor as a canvas for theatrical creativity.

“There has been a lot of student input into the stage direction this year,” said Chloe Scull, assistant director and junior at Lamont. “We have to make the comic characters come alive—to know their intentions, ticks and quirks.

“People haven’t actually changed that much since the late 1600s,” Scull said of the plot. “What entertained them in Shakespeare’s time actually reminds me of soap operas or reality TV.”

Performances will be held April 16-19 in the Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Reserved Seating $11-$30 on sale now; complimentary parking.