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January 17, 2018

Memories and Reflections of Lawrence Argent (1957-2017)

I have taught painting in the School of Art & Art History (SAAH) at the University of Denver (DU) since 1987 and knew Lawrence for 24 years. The following are a few memories and reflections of Lawrence as a teacher, colleague and artist. In writing this, I hope it will give you a window into parts of Lawrence’s life and the contributions he made at DU and in Denver. 

This op-ed was written by Professor Deborah Howard.

Keegan Kienzle, DU alum teaching in Germany
November 22, 2017

Language is No Barrier for Fulbright Award Recipient

When Keegan Kienzle learned he was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Berlin, Germany, he had one month to pack his bags and part with family and friends before moving to a country where he’d never been, communicating in a language he’d hardly spoken. Though his journey to Germany was unorthodox and not always easy, Kienzle (BA '15, international studies and Spanish, German minor) said his time at DU prepared him to take on the challenge.

October 31, 2017

In Memoriam: Jimmy LaVita

Professor Emeritus James (Jimmy) LaVita passed away on October 25, 2017. His teaching and scholarship at DU spanned both the arts and sciences. Jimmy served as professor and long-time chair of mathematics and computer science, then as professor of computer science, and most recently, as a professor of social sciences in the divisions of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences with the anthropology department and emergent digital practices program. 

October 26, 2017

Activism Through Literature and Leadership

Considered among the most influential writers in South Africa, Njabulo S. Ndebele (PhD ’83, creative writing) has used literature as a vehicle for protest, resistance, and empowerment while leading in the recovery of South Africa through higher education. More than two decades after apartheid ended, Ndebele remains committed to ensuring Nelson Mandela’s vision for a just, inclusive society becomes reality.

September 26, 2017

5 Pieces of Art to Kick-Start Conversation

The University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies (CJS) and Holocaust Awareness Institute (HAI) announced a new initiative called Art/Awareness/Diversity (A/A/D). The project will launch in October with an exhibit in the University of Denver Anderson Academic Commons’ Dr. Helen G. and Albert F. Morris Exhibit Display through January 2018.

goldfarb reflections square
September 25, 2017

The Unfinished Business of Ron Goldfarb: A Return to Art

While attending an art auction in New York, Ron Goldfarb couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement of magnificent artwork and six-figure bids. At the crack of the gavel—SOLD—Goldfarb realized he wanted to be the artist behind the painting. After retiring from a long, successful legal career, he unleashed his creativity onto canvas.

August 31, 2017

New Center Examines American Political System

The American political system has long been studied and dissected—and American politics is quite possibly more relevant in peoples’ lives now than in years before. In July, the University established the Center on American Politics—as a part of its strategic goals outlined in DU IMPACT 2025—to help us understand the changing standards of the nation’s political system.

August 31, 2017

Unexpected Career Path Leads to Love of Journalism

The University of Denver was not on Mollie Finch Belt’s radar when she graduated from high school in 1961. Neither was a career in journalism. But, Belt (BA ’65, sociology) has learned to navigate all of life’s twists and turns with poise and passion to find her true purpose in life. That includes owning and operating The Dallas Examiner.

July 27, 2017

Alumni Shaping Denver

Candi CdeBaca (BS ’09, sociology; MSW ’09, social work) is co-founder and executive director of Project VOYCE, a nonprofit that mobilizes and trains Denver youth to work on problems in their schools and communities. Her goal is to prepare kids from Denver’s poorer neighborhoods to claim their seat at the table when it comes to the city’s future.


Paige Murray — July 2017
First-Year Seminar Shaped Alumna's DU Experience
Conor McGahey — May/June 2017

Journalism Grad is the Voice of the Denver Broncos
Kevin Fitzpatrick — March/April 2017
French Alum Helps Thousands as Anesthesiologist
Patrick Hughes — January/February 2017

Alumnus Works on Behalf of Thousands of Students at Texas Tech
Matthew Small — December 2016

DU Alumnus Appointed Tech CEO
Xinghang Lu — November 2016

Recent International Alumna Studies Emerging Field at Columbia
Gail Folwell — October 2016

Sculptor and Alumna Goes Pro
Jim Parriott — September 2016

Theatre and Communications Alumnus is a Two Time Golden Globe Winner
Julio Alas — August 2016

Alumnus Brings Hundreds of Elementary Students to DU for College Prep