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Liberal arts education is at the heart of the University of Denver. Our faculty, staff and students come together in a shared quest for knowledge of the human condition.

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean of AHSS

 Winter 2018

Dean McIntosh

Happy New Year! All of us in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences are looking forward to what our students, alumni, faculty, and staff are going to accomplish in 2018.

Many of our faculty have taken advantage of December’s winter break by focusing on their research and creative endeavors, never failing to impress me with their innovation and creativity. Michael Brent, assistant professor of philosophy, takes philosophy into local elementary schools to encourage first- and third-graders to think critically about the world around them; and Sarah Gjertson, associate professor of studio art, combines research and printmaking to explore the role of women in Colorado mining towns, recently exhibited in Fairplay, CO and on display January 11 through February 18 in the Fieldworks: Creative Research by DU Faculty exhibit at Vicki Myhren Gallery.

Our students, too, are returning from study abroad, internships in the community, or finalizing their research. Our classrooms, labs and studios are humming with faculty and students sharing experiences and discussing ideas and hypotheses. Thanks to the support of our donors, we are able to provide funding to support our students out-of-classroom experiences through our Summer Internship and Humanities Institute Student Travel and Research Grants.

Students tell me that they enjoy meeting with alumni, and alumni tell me they enjoy meeting with students. If you want to get more involved, but aren’t sure what opportunities exist, reach out to Erin Dietrich, our director of alumni engagement. We also have a number of free events throughout the year, including our faculty lectures, Harper Distinguished Speaker Series—featuring Denver icon Cleo Parker Robinson—and John C. Livingston Lecture and alumni reception.

Thank you for being a part of our vibrant learning community. One of the pleasures of being dean is using your enriched perspectives about DU to improve what we do. As we are in the final stages of our strategic planning process, I hope to share more details with you in the coming months, but please, continue to share your comments and questions.

Best wishes for a successful and happy winter.

Take care,

Danny McIntosh, Dean