Articles written by: Tamara Chapman

Aimee Reichmann-Decker teaches the Psychology of Humor, an advanced seminar for undergraduate students. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Taking a serious look at the psychology of humor

In The Psychology of Humor, an advanced seminar for undergraduate students taught by Aimee Reichmann-Decker (MA ’04, PhD ’06), humor is both a laughing matter and a topic for serious study. Humor, after all, can be fun, inclusive, gentle and therapeutic. But it also can be uncomfortable, divisive, cruel and […]

Kirkland  Museum  Art  Deco  Vignette

featuring  the  

Dubly  Games  Table

  (c.  1927)  

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Drouant  Chairs

  with  original  upholstery  (1924)  designed  by  Émile-Jacques  Ruhlma

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6-Panel  Lacquered  Wood  Screen  by  Jean  Dunand  (1925  or  before)  fea

turing  his  

signature  

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Dunand  Deco  fish  and  water;

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  Daum  Lamp  (c.  1928)

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Photo  by  Wes  Magyar.

Denver’s Kirkland Museum makes a major move

In spring of 1981, the 76-year-old Vance Kirkland lay dying in a Denver hospital. Knowing his days were dwindling, the city’s most famous modern artist wanted nothing more than to paint. Enter his longtime friend Hugh Grant. “I set up his hospital room as a studio,” Grant recalls, noting that […]

Shelf Discovery: Great reading from the DU community

Shelf Discovery: Great reading from the DU community

Whether you read for pleasure or edification or both; whether you thumb through a hardcover or swipe through a device, you’re no doubt in the market for new titles to enjoy. The University of Denver’s community of writers is happy to oblige, producing good reads that raise questions and change […]

Shelf Discovery: Great reading from the DU community

Shelf Discovery: Great reading from the DU community

Whether you read for pleasure or edification — or both, whether you thumb through a hardcover or swipe through a device, you’re no doubt in the market for new titles to enjoy. The University of Denver’s community of writers is happy to oblige, producing good reads that raise questions and […]

Law school grad Sana Hamelin founded the Denver Cat Cafe. Photo: Danielle Lirette

Cats the catalyst for cool cafe concept

Three years after launching the Denver Cat Company, Sana Hamelin (JD ’12) still has all nine of her “crazy cat lady” lives. That’s no small feat. After all, opening the Mile High City’s first and only cat café — where customers can nab a java fix while hobnobbing with resident […]

“These are extremely important books in American literary history,” Billy Stratton says of captivity narratives, adding that they have done much to shape the public’s image of Native peoples to this day. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Re-examining Western history with DU’s growing collection of captivity narratives

Whether he’s teaching a survey of American postmodernism, a course on Southern Gothic fiction or a seminar on Native American literature, Billy J. Stratton, an associate professor of English, encourages students to get face-to-face with the text. Not a digitized epub or PDF, but a typeset book nestled between two […]

J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” is the 2017–18 selection for One Book One DU, a common reading program that asks first-year students to explore a single text and examine the many ways it is viewed by others.

One Book program provides community reading experience for new Pioneers

When the 1,400-plus members of DU’s Class of 2021 arrived on campus in early September, they shared at least one thing in common: J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy.” The bestselling memoir, which chronicles what the author calls “a family and culture in crisis,” is the 2017–18 selection for One Book One […]

Lisa Sasaki is director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American Center. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian

Alumna Lisa Sasaki helms Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center

As the new director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American Center (APAC), Lisa Sasaki expects to spend the next few years leading a team through dramatic change. One of the primary things she wants to shepherd is a change in prepositions. For too long, the University of Denver alumna […]

Her Honors Program thesis, says senior Ashlyn Stewart, was a project that allowed her "to find my own interest and run with it." Photo by Wayne Armstrong

Honors Program lets students satisfy their intellectual curiosity

Knee-deep in her cross-disciplinary Honors thesis for her two majors, history and English, senior Ashlyn Stewart finds herself digging deeper, stretching further and thinking harder. Which is precisely why, four years ago, Stewart applied to DU’s Honors Program. She wanted to immerse herself in academic challenges and to study alongside […]

DU Archives home to a rare set of 19th-century Native American prints

DU Archives home to a rare set of 19th-century Native American prints

The archives are home to a rare set of photographs by Edward Curtis, the 19th-century artist and ethnographer known as the “Shadow Catcher,” a moniker he was given by the Native Americans whose visages and culture he captured in his internationally celebrated works.

Flawed power grid inspires Ugandan student to pursue degree in electrical engineering

Flawed power grid inspires Ugandan student to pursue degree in electrical engineering

For Shem Kikamaze, the light bulb clicked on when the electricity went off. As a high school student in his hometown of Kampala, Uganda, where outages are a recurring problem, Kikamaze came to value every jolt of power. “It is always going on and off,” he says of the electricity. […]

New report reveals DU’s nearly $1 billion annual impact on Denver

New report reveals DU’s nearly $1 billion annual impact on Denver

All along the Front Range, the University of Denver is known for its great minds, rigorous academic programs, stunning campus and nationally competitive sports teams. But that’s just part of what DU brings to the city it calls home. A recently released Development Research Partners study finds that DU also […]

Albright challenges Class of 2016 to ‘heal, help and teach’

Albright challenges Class of 2016 to ‘heal, help and teach’

In a wide-ranging address covering everything from her years in Denver to her concerns about growing isolationism in the United States, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called on the members of DU’s Class of 2016 to put their education to work in service of the country’s values and well-being. […]

Report reveals DU’s nearly $1 billion annual impact on Denver

All along the Front Range, the University of Denver is known for its great minds, rigorous academic programs, stunning campus and nationally competitive sports teams. But that’s just part of what DU brings to the city it calls home. A recently released Development Research Partners study finds that DU also […]

Fashion Bar history preserved at DU’s Beck Archives

Fashion Bar history preserved at DU’s Beck Archives

In a fast-paced, future-focused metropolis like Denver, history has a way of moseying into the footnotes and settling in for a long hibernation. But at the Beck Memorial Archives of Rocky Mountain Jewish History, history has lessons to share and connections to make. Under the direction of Jeanne Abrams, a […]