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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 2019

Dean McIntosh

The bright sunshine and brisk temperatures of Denver were appropriate for the energy and cheer on this first day of winter classes. Students, staff, and faculty in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences have returned from a December of scholarly and creative activity, sharing with friends and family, and adventures that prepare us for the stretch of winter and spring quarters ahead. We are ready for shared successes and mutual support over the hurdles of 2019.

Many of our students have returned from study abroad, research work, and internships and engagement with our community and are bringing their experiences back into the lab, the studio, and the classroom.

Our faculty, too, have used the end of fall quarter and the winter break to continue their research and creative work. Laleh Mehran, professor of emergent digital practices, had a solo exhibition entitled "The Interstitium" at the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Yavuz Yaşar, associate of economics, published an article in the International Journal of Social Economics entitled "Social economics of health and medical care in the age of global financial crisis: a teaching proposal."

In addition, many innovative projects funded by the new Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts (CILCA) are underway. For example, assistant professor of theatre Ashley Hamilton has launched the DU Prison Arts Initiative, and several faculty clusters are working on developing pilot Keystone experiences on topics such as the role of religion in the modern world, immigration, critical theory, and cross-disciplinary science collaboration.

As usual, winter quarter is filled with dozens of opportunities to engage and connect with CAHSS, whether it's visiting the upcoming Museum of Anthropology exhibit "Bound by Thread," featuring French professor Frederique Chevillot's quiltwork, attending a performance at the Lamont School of Music or the Department of Theatre, or attending a lecture featuring one of our faculty members. I look forward to engaging with you in the coming months at one of our events.

The remarkable work of our students, faculty, and alumni continues to inspire me as dean. The dedication, innovation, and creativity of our community truly are driving the momentum of bringing the Keystone Strategic Plan to life. Thank you for being part of the College community.

Take care, and best wishes for a happy and productive winter quarter.

Danny McIntosh, Dean