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Mixed reviews, cloudy outlook for Obama

June 1, 2009

CU experts note positives, negatives and a plethora of pitfalls Just after the election of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States, a wry newspaper headline announced, “Black Man Given Nation’s Worst Job.” “America’s Finest News Source,” also known as The Onion, was making a joke. But...

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Canon Fodder

June 1, 2009

For Shakespeare festival, where there’s a Will, there’s a way, new leader hopes The Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s credentials run deep and wide. In 1975, for instance, it became the first American Shakespeare company to perform all 37 plays of the canon. Today, the festival is four plays away from completing...

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Warily and often wrongly, the West eyes Islam

June 1, 2009

As the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York was still smoldering, President George W. Bush told the nation that the terrorists came from a small group of religious extremists who “hate our freedoms.” That extremism, he said, “perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam.” Religious tension is as...

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Got life?

June 1, 2009

Viewing worlds here, near and far, CU scholars seek answers With his usual irreverence, the author Bill Bryson recently ruminated on the origin of life. “It is possible that events and conditions that led to the rise of life on Earth are not quite as extraordinary as we like to...

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Dr. Strangelove: The Sequel

March 1, 2009

The Cold War is history, and major nuclear powers are slashing their arsenals. No rational leader would start a nuclear war. And even if India and Pakistan traded a few nuclear bombs, conventional wisdom suggests, most of the world wouldn’t suffer much. The nuclear threat is diminishing, right? Wrong. That’s...

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Art Takes Center Stage

Dec. 1, 2008

Lisa Tamiris Becker’s name will be immortalized in the new Visual Arts Complex at the University of Colorado. The advisory board to the CU Art Museum has raised funds to name a space in the new arts complex after Becker, director of the CU Art Museum. Naming a space in...

Old Main

Glory in arts and sciences

Dec. 1, 2008

When Mary Rippon stepped off the train in 1878, she proclaimed the university "glorious." She was right.

Ted Snow

When Words Fail

Dec. 1, 2008

After a stroke, Professor Ted Snow thought his career was over. But with the help of CU's Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Science, he has returned to teaching, and a full life.

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It's getting warmer

Dec. 1, 2008

Leading thinkers and researchers at CU are helping society understand what we know about climate change, how well we know it, what the future might hold, and how the world should react.

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Uncovering ancient Rome

Dec. 1, 2008

First was a riddle: Why did Maxentius, the last pagan emperor of Rome, never occupy his 80-acre villa outside the great city? Then came a different mystery, then evidence spawning new questions. A CU team leads the painstaking search for answers.