Arts & Humanities

Inside the Greenhouse

Clara Boland didn’t fully appreciate coal’s role in her life until she did some digging. That meant going to Paonia, a small town in Western Colorado, which has mined coal for more than a century.

Boland’s aim was to create a short documentary film for a course on conveying climate science through film. Her journey began in Boulder, where young people called coal “yesterday’s fuel,” dirty and toxic.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival brings the Bard to Boulder

The works of William Shakespeare have been watched, studied — and loved — for literally centuries.

And let’s be honest: Whether they were introduced to the Bard’s work by a dry-as-dust teacher in high school, or just don’t see the plays’ relevance in the fast-moving 21st-century, there are those who aren’t quite sure about Shakespeare.

Learning and living sustainability

SEEDS and Sustainable by Design, CU’s two newest Residential Academic Programs, feature an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability and innovative problem-solving.   

Aftershock: Japan one year after the Tohoku earthquake

At 2:46 p.m. local time on March 11, 2011, the east coast of Japan was rocked by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.

Gifts to Visual Arts Complex create a living space to honor a true friend

In 1998, Deborah Haynes interviewed with Antonette ("Toni") Rosato for a position as a professor of art and art history at CU-Boulder. Not only did Haynes land the job, she began one of the most meaningful friendships of her life.

"Sitting at breakfast that first day," Haynes says," we initiated a tradition of conversation over meals about the mundane details of our lives, but also about art, the wider world, and spiritual life."

Work and conversation brought the two women closer. So it was a shock when Rosato was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2004. 

Performance artist garners national honor

A University of Colorado Boulder dancer and performance artist has won a $50,000 USA Fellowship Grant, an award designed to put unrestricted grants “directly into the hands of America’s finest artists.”

Michelle Ellsworth, an assistant professor of theatre and dance at CU, says she’s honored, humbled and surprised by the award. Judging by the reviews she’s gotten in recent years, others were not taken off guard.

English professor helps bring posthumous Ralph Ellison novel to life

Ralph Ellison spent four decades writing but never finishing a novel to follow "Invisible Man," which was a meteoric success in 1952 and remains an American classic. Ellison’s unfinished second novel was published this year, and a CU-Boulder associate professor is one of two editors who brought the legendary author’s work to fruition.

Theatre professor returns from Fulbright with global perspective

For Bud Coleman, associate professor and department chair in the Department of Theatre and Dance, a Fulbright grant to teach in Japan was an opportunity to open a window on American identity for Japanese students.

A CU-Boulder faculty member since 1993, Coleman lectured on American culture as portrayed in musical theatre, American drama, and film at Waseda University and Kyoritsu Women’s University in Tokyo in 2009-10. The students, who spoke fluent English, were American studies majors preparing for international careers in business or law.

CU-Boulder home to nationally renowned Shakespeare

Since the opening season more than 50 years ago, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) has grown to be more than a summertime Boulder tradition—it has become a nationally recognized Shakespeare festival.

Begun in 1958 with productions of Julius Caesar, Hamlet and the Taming of the Shrew, CSF has played a prominent role in the life of the campus and the Boulder area, serving as a gathering place for theatre lovers.

Art professor merges dreams, ideas in her work

Whether subtle and serious or bursting with color and whimsy, Melanie Yazzie’s art reveals self discoveries, loves, and struggles.

While Yazzie’s art is rooted in the culture of her Diné (Navajo) background and memories of a childhood spent on a reservation in Arizona, it also incorporates elements of her travels, nature, and personal health issues that add texture and depth to her work. Her goal is to create accessible art that moves people beyond the initial beauty of the prints and ceramics and into the story behind the pieces.

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