Arts & Humanities

Artifacts from iconic Shakespearean actor add depth to 'I Hate Hamlet' production

You might say the ghost of the great Shakespearean actor John Barrymore is haunting the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Twice—but in a good way.

Four students win CLS grants to study critically needed languages

Four CU-Boulder students have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Languages Scholarships. The CLS program supports intensive study in important languages for international work and relations including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.

College and elementary school students teach each other

Professor Kris Gutiérrez has a rule about her after-school program at Alicia Sanchez Elementary School in Lafayette: “If you’re not having fun, something is going wrong.”

Student's passion for classics leads to treasure hunt with ancient clay tablets

When Christina Chandler transferred to the University of Colorado Boulder as an English major, her advisor pushed her to take a course in classics. It would meet a requirement, the advisor said, and it fit into her schedule.

Chandler, who didn’t think she’d be interested in the subject, was not happy. But she gave in.

Student's theatrical performance inspired by CU class

Growing up in Afghanistan, CU-Boulder student Lima Esslam came to understand the pressure that many young women face to accept offers for arranged marriage. Now, a senior pursuing a degree in women and gender studies, she has career aspirations of working with organizations that promote women’s safety and education.

When Esslam recently returned to Afghanistan for family weddings, she became even more aware of the reality that young Afghan women often face.

Modernized Fiske takes viewers through universe in high definition

Sky gazers at CU-Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium are getting better, clearer and deeper views. And not just of astronomy anymore. The planetarium has been upgraded, transforming it into a digital IMAX-like theater that’s open to the public every Saturday and Sunday with a variety of programs including shows for children. In addition to space odysseys and laser shows -- longtime favorites of audiences -- movies are now part of the Fiske lineup.

CU takes Shakespeare on the road to spread message of forgiveness in Colorado schools

In "The Tempest," Prospero conjures a mighty storm to shipwreck his enemies on his remote island domain. But as he plots revenge on those who wronged him years before, he ponders his actions and at the last moment turns to forgiveness.

“The rarer action is in virtue rather than vengeance,” Prospero says, renouncing his schemes for payback.

Student life: Finding a community on campus

At first, Kisori Thomas had a difficult time acclimating to the campus climate at CU-Boulder.  Initially, other than her coursework, she wasn’t active outside the classroom.

Realizing she wanted a more well-rounded education, experience and personal growth, she took a big step outside her comfort zone and began looking for student leadership and multicultural organizations to join. This also included studying abroad in Chicoutimi, Canada, for a five-week French intensive program.

CU’s anti-violence production of ‘The Tempest’ to tour Colorado schools

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s highly praised school anti-violence tour continues in spring 2013 with a new program based on “The Tempest” that focuses on themes of vengeance and forgiveness.

Created in conjunction with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder, CSF’s “Twelfth Night” anti-bullying tour has now been seen by more than 22,000 Colorado schoolchildren. That inaugural program examined the problem of bullying through the character Malvolio.

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.

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