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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


Photography and Memory Course
July 16, 2019

Intergenerational Connections through Photography

In Roddy MacInnes’s courses, students use photography as a medium to study life itself. “The students in my classes are told that ‘life’ is their major field of study, and that art, biology, business, etc. are simply lenses they can apply to engage with life.” This approach led MacInnes to create "Photography and Memory," a project that pairs Intro to Photography undergraduates in the School of Art and Art History with Denver community members experiencing memory loss. 

April 12, 2019

Lamont Opera Theatre Providing New Opportunities for Students

Matthew Plenk, an assistant professor who took over as director of the University of Denver’s Lamont Opera Theatre in fall 2018, wants his students to understand all aspects of a production, which is why for the company’s upcoming production of Puccini’s “Il trittico,” he put opera students not just on stage, but behind the scenes as well, working on sets, lighting, costumes and more.

Kate Kenney
April 5, 2019

The Denver Publishing Institute Announces Scholarship Winner

The inaugural Denver Publishing Institute scholarship has been awarded! The scholarship is a collaboration with Binc, Sourcebooks, and the Denver Publishing Institute. It includes, tuition, room and board, and up to $2000 to cover travel and lost wages.

The Misanthrope Photo by Michael Furman
February 28, 2019

Theatre Department Premieres Moliere's The Misanthrope

Set in Paris in July of 1789, The Misanthrope urges us to ask, “What would happen if we always said exactly what we mean?” Director Sabin Epstein takes the audience through a world where words become weapons and sincerity is revealed to be much more complicated than it seems. "The language is modern, the whole play is modern. It's a powerful commentary on humanity,” Epstein said.

Frédérique Chevillot quilt art
January 10, 2019

DU Galleries Feature Faculty Artwork

This winter, shake off the cold and step into a University of Denver gallery to enjoy creative works of our talented faculty. The second annual Fieldworks: Creative Research by DU Faculty 2019 in the Vicki Myhren Gallery on display now through February 17. Later this month, the Museum of Anthropology Gallery will host an opening reception of a quilt exhibit, Bound by Thread: Sister Fred’s Quilt Art, on January 31.

Lamont Symphony
September 26, 2018

2018 Fall Arts Preview

After a quiet summer quarter, the arts scene at the University of Denver is in full swing with the arrival of fall. Across campus, concerts, theatrical productions, art exhibits and more offer an embarrassment of riches for arts lovers. View highlights of the fall season.

September 27, 2018

Investing in Faculty Innovation

With the launch of the new Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts (CILCA), we invested in exploratory, cross-disciplinary, and broad-reaching initiatives tied to our CAHSS Keystone Strategic Plan and DU IMPACT 2025. The 2018–2019 CILCA-funded projects aspire to create long-term, sustainable opportunities for a large number of our students to engage in Keystone experiences.

Pottery exhibit
August 13, 2018

All That Glitters

Madison Sussmann, anthropology graduate student, was going through a donation of Southwest pottery when four plain, shiny pots caught her eye. Realizing the glittering micaceous clay pots were not archaeological, but definitely unusual, Sussmann did a little digging.

July 26, 2018

Broadway Creatives Work with DU Students and Alumni to Produce New Show

Musical director of the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon and local favorite Susan Draus is bringing Reunion '69 and Reunion '85 to the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, August 2–26. In addition to working with over 20 current DU students and faculty, Reunion features the work of five AHSS alumni: Anshuman Bhatia, Sara Sachs, Aubrie Hamrick,  Katie Walker, and Evan Mues. Tickets are now on sale. 

Keith Ward
July 26, 2018

Baton Changes Hands at the School of Music

It is a time of transition at the Lamont School of Music. After seven years of steadfast leadership, Director Nancy Cochran will retire in August, and Keith Ward will become the new director effective August 1. “It is a great honor to become the next director of the Lamont School of Music. I join a community of exceptional performers, scholars and composers, an outstanding professional staff, and a gifted, engaged student body,” Ward said.

summer theatre class
June 28, 2018

Students Find a Niche in Summer Classes

Students wanting to expedite their degree program, investigate new areas of study, or get ahead in their course work, have 95 AHSS classes to choose from. Summer session classes, either online or on campus, span a wide range of subjects, like Steven McDonald’s Page to Stage theatre class, which offers tech perspectives and even teaches students how to use power tools.

Artwork: Glitches by Ian Wagner
May 3, 2018

BFA Show for Art Lovers, Learners and Teachers

The Vicki Myhren Gallery 2018 BFA Show will feature four senior artists from the School of Art and Art History and the Emergent Digital Practices Program. The artists have embraced diverse materials and methods, from print making and textiles to digital works. The exhibit will be open May 17-June 8, with an opening reception on May 17. All are welcome to attend.

The Marriage of Figaro
March 29, 2018

Lamont Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

You’re invited to the Lamont School of Music opera production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. In one of the greatest operas of all time, Count Almaviva has a wandering eye and has targeted Susannah, Figaro’s bride, as his conquest. Misbehavior, deception and ill-conceived plans, accompanied by Mozart’s soaring score, keep audiences entirely entertained until Figaro finally marries his bride. Purchase tickets online or call (303) 871-7720. 

Cleo Parker Robinson
March 1, 2018

Cleo Parker Robinson to Speak at DU

Join us on April 12 at the AHSS Harper Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Cleo Parker Robinson, DU alumna (BA ’70, psychology), and founder and artistic director of internationally-renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.

Boldman with trumpet.
January 29, 2018

Lamont Student Part of Disney History with "Frozen"

Before it takes the show to Broadway this spring, Disney debuted “Frozen: The Musical” at Denver’s Buell Theatre in summer 2017. In the orchestra pit for the much-anticipated premiere were three faculty members from DU’s Lamont School of Music, as well as Lamont graduate student Jake Boldman (MM, Jazz Trumpet Performance) who played trumpet for the show. He took us behind the scenes to share in the excitement. 

Face Value
January 4, 2018

Migration and Memory

As an artist, Deborah Howard, associate professor of studio art, has exhibited all over the world. Themes of Jewish history and identity are central to her work. Last summer, Howard completed the most ambitious project of her career with a solo exhibition, Migration and Memory at the Jewish Museum of Venice, Italy.

Face Value
November 30, 2017

DU Students Screen Documentary at International Film Festival

Four students enrolled in the University of Denver's Media, Film, and Journalism Studies (MFJS) graduate programs had their documentary film, Face Value, screened at the prestigious DocuWest Film Festival this fall. They received this honor when their film was selected as "Best in Show" at the MFJS InShort Documentary Showcase, an annual event that screens student productions created during the preceding two-quarter capstone film sequence.

theatre kid simple
October 31, 2017

Kid-Simple: A Radio Play in the Flesh

You're invited to a Department of Theatre performance of Kid-Simple: A Radio Play in the Flesh. Moll, a girl who invents things, wins the science fair with a machine for hearing sounds that can't be heard. But when a shapeshifting Mercenary steals the invention (and her heart), she must embark on a quest to save noise as we know it. Performances Nov 2-12 at the Byron Theatre, Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Check here for dates and times.

October 23, 2017

Art Exhibition

Professor Sarah Gjertson from the School of Art & Art History will be part of an exhibition, Archives as Muse, at the Leon Gallery in Denver in October. Gjertson's work includes an antique desk and chair and a hand made velvet book, items from the Smith family archive collection (circa 1880-1887) from Fairplay, CO. 

UPDATE Nov 15, 2017: Gjertson's project, “Human Imprint: An Exhibition Featuring the Women and Structures of Park County,” was on exhibit at the historic Park County Courthouse in Fairplay. Watch this video showcasing her project

September 5, 2017

Museum of Anthropology New Exhibits Coming Soon

The Museum of Anthropology is a resource for faculty from all disciplines and across campus. In addition to having a permanent collection of over 100,000 artifacts that are available for faculty teaching and research, the Museum also hosts a number of exhibits throughout the year.

August 31, 2017

The Theatre of Business

Students in the Daniels College of Business MBA program are beefing up their public speaking skills and “executive presence” through a collaborative DCB and theatre department course. Students are introduced to breathing and vocal techniques, improvisation and collaboration skills from a theatre perspective. The training is designed to help business students exude confidence, leadership, and energy in front of a group.

July 27, 2017

Exploring a Link Between Cultural Institutions and Wellbeing

In June, folks from the Alzheimer’s Association got hands-on experience in art making for an exhibit at the DU Museum of Anthropology (DUMA) gallery entitled, Spirited: Stories of Wellbeing. Participants in the workshop examined nine ethnographic masks from around the world, participated in a group discussion, and created an original artwork inspired by one of the masks. Artworks were then installed with the masks that inspired them, along with stories from participants about their creation.