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Publications and thoughtful commentary showcase the incredible work that comes out of our small liberal arts classrooms, studios and labs.

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

News & Events

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Read about AHSS alumni, students, faculty and staff in the monthly e-newsletter, expressions. Our faculty are sought-after experts in their fields. Read what some have to say IN THE NEWS. Also, check out our upcoming events listed below. 


The Controversy Over the Dakota Access Pipeline
In an op-ed for the History News Network, Billy J. Stratton, associate professor of English, traces the controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline back to Manifest Destiny. He writes, "Native peoples' claims to the lands of the Northern Plains, expressed in the very names of North Dakota and South Dakota, have been systematically eroded over the past century and a half through the instruments of war, broken treaties, theft and corruption." Despite the many battles and broken treaties Stratton describes which took place throughout the 19th century, he writes, "courageous people remain at Standing Rock in remembrance of this other American past, continuing to defend the lands reserved by treaty, the right to clean water; both for them and for us, as they say mni wiconi, water is life."

Lamont Bassoonist Nominated for Grammy Award
Martin Kuuskmann, assistant professor and bassoonist at the Lamont School of Music, was nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award. A bassoon concerto by friend Christopher Theofanidis and performed by Kuuskmann is being considered for Best Contemporary Composition. Learn more in this CBS4 Denver story.

Role of Media Under Microscope After Trump Administration Official's Comments
Derigan Silver, associate professor of media, film and journalism studies, spoke with Fox 31 about the importance of having a free press. "Historically, we've seen a lot of corruption and a lot of abuse brought about and brought to light because of the media," says Silver. Despite the amount of fake news spreading around social media, the U.S. is among only 14 percent of the world's countries that enjoy freedom of the press.


Join us! Register for any of the below events by calling 303-871-2425 or by clicking the 'Register Online' link for each event.

Alumni Reception and Livingston Lecture
The free AHSS alumni reception and John C. Livingston Lecture showcases the work of an esteemed AHSS faculty member. Connect with AHSS alumni, faculty and students, and help us recognize our Alumni Achievement Award recipients.

Harper Distinguished Speaker Series
This annual series brings to Denver a prominent leader in the field of liberal arts. This free lecture is made possible, in part, by the Heber Harper Humanities Distinguished Lectureship Endowment.

Faculty Lecture Series
This free series showcases the work being pioneered by AHSS faculty. Each month, faculty members share their current research or present recently published works.

View our filmed lectures