Articles written by: Tamara Chapman

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 […]

Chemistry Professor Donald Stedman dies of lung cancer

Professor Emeritus Donald Stedman — known worldwide for developing trail-blazing technology to gauge vehicle emissions — died of lung cancer in Oregon on April 16. Stedman taught in DU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for more than three decades, and his work earned him a range of honors. In 1995 […]

Students pursue the green life in sustainability-focused Living & Learning Community

Students pursue the green life in sustainability-focused Living & Learning Community

The ESLLC not only gave her an instant social circle — one populated by people who relish a dinnertime discussion of, say, composting — it allowed her to dive into a meaningful topic her very first weeks on campus. What’s more, through field trips, classroom work and community service, she learned how to make a difference.

Abrams to deliver University Lecture on health care during revolutionary era

Abrams to deliver University Lecture on health care during revolutionary era

When Americans want to learn about the nation’s founders — their ideals, their politics, their legacies — they can choose from thousands of book titles. But when they want to get to know the founders on a more intimate level, historian Jeanne Abrams has just the prescription: “Revolutionary Medicine: The […]

Faculty and students in geography department study transit-oriented development

Faculty and students in geography department study transit-oriented development

With four new light- and commuter-rail lines scheduled to debut in 2016, the Denver metropolitan area can look forward to lots of TOD in the years to come. TOD — that’s shorthand for transit-oriented development — promises mixed-use, high-density developments concentrated around bus and rail stations. Before ground breaks on […]