Please join CHA Director Jennifer Ho and guests to participate in a virtual movie night.

Each Monday at 7pm MDST we will watch a movie and invite people to comment on the CHA Facebook page (if it proves popular we may move to a special Slack channel—if you don’t have Slack, please go to this website to learn more about the free app—this is not a plug for them but rather simply informational). If you’re interested in being one of the guest hosts for these movie nights and/or would like to suggest a film other than the ones selected, please contact – as guest viewers become confirmed, we will update our CHA website with the schedule and the film.

Monday, April 6: The Farewell with Associate Professor in the Department of English Cheryl Higashida 
(free on Amazon Prime and $4.99 on YouTube)

Monday, April 13: Frida with Sandra Firmin, Director CU Boulder Art Museum
(Free on Swank for CU Boulder identikey holders:, $3.99 on iTunes, Vudu, and Amazon)

Monday, April 20: Bombshell with Donna Axel, Proposal Editor & Writing Coach, Research Innovation Office 
(Bombshell is $3.99 on YouTube, $5.99 iTunes, Amazon, Vudu)

Monday, April 27: The Last Black Man in San Francisco with Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences & Human Development (School of Education) Jose Lizarraga
(free on Amazon Prime and $3.99 on YouTube)

Monday, May 4:  The Miseducation of Cameron Post with with Lindsay Roberts, Education Librarian
(Free on Kanopy with a CU Boulder identikey and check local public libraries for Kanopy access, Free on Hulu, $3.99 on Amazon and YouTube)

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For the first CHA Virtual Book Club, we are very pleased to partner with the Center for the Humanities at the University of Miami to read and discuss Ross Gay’s essay collection The Book of Delights (Algonquin Books 2019), which the jacket blurb describes as


“one of today’s most original literary voices offers up a genre-defying volume of lyric essays written over one tumultuous year. The first nonfiction book from award-winning poet Ross Gay is a record of the small joys we often overlook in our busy lives. Among Gay’s funny, poetic, philosophical delights: a friend’s unabashed use of air quotes, cradling a tomato seedling aboard an airplane, the silent nod of acknowledgment between the only two black people in a room. But Gay never dismisses the complexities, even the terrors, of living in America as a black man or the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture or the loss of those he loves. More than anything else, though, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world—his garden, the flowers peeking out of the sidewalk, the hypnotic movements of a praying mantis.”

Gay was recently part of a This American Life episode on delight, which is one reason his publisher, Algonquin Books, is sadly sold out of The Book of Delights. We are very pleased, however, to partner with CU Boulder’s Library to provide e-copies that any CU Boulder identikey holder can check out for free. For CU Boulder identikey holders, you can borrow an e-book through the CU Boulder Library system using this link.

For any non-CU Boulder people, Boulder Bookstore has no copies either, and Amazon, which does have copies, is only shipping out necessary medical and food items. Therefore we encourage you to either see if you can find a copy through an independent bookstore or to purchase an e-book through either Amazon or through IndieBound. There is an independent bookstore in Craig, CO, Downtown Books, that does sell e-books and you can buy a copy of The Book of Delights through their site here

Since the book is comprised as a series of 102 short essays, we will divide the book into quarters so people can participate as they can, with synchronous meetings happening on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm MDST for people who live in Colorado (Zoom links below). People in Miami/Florida will have their own synchronous meetings happening in EDST. We also have a Slack group dedicated to talking about The Book of Delights open to both CU Boulder Center for Humanities & the Arts and University of Miami Center for the Humanities participants. You can download the free Slack app here and watch a tutorial for those unfamiliar with using Slack.

The reading and Zoom synchronous meeting schedule for those signed up through CU Boulder’s CHA is as follows:

Thursday, April 9: Chapters 1-25
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Thursday, April 16: Chapters 26-50
Thursday, April 23: Chapters 51-75
Thursday, April 30: Chapters 76-102

The reading and Zoom synchronous meeting schedule for the University of Miami Center for the Humanities is as follows [please note that they are in EDST, 2 hours ahead of MDST]:

By April 17: Chapters 1-25
By April 24: Chapters 26-50
By May 1: Chapters 51-75
By May 8: Chapters 76 – 102

Because the University of Miami’s Center for the Humanities is slightly behind the CHA schedule, if you would like to participate in any of their synchronous Zoom sessions, please contact Dr. Meg Homer,, to learn about registering for any activities they have planned.

If you’d like to sign up for the CU Boulder CHA cohort, please fill out this form. This virtual book club is open to anyone interested in participating, whether they are affiliated with CU Boulder, live in Boulder County, or are somewhere in the world and want to join in a discussion of Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights.

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Spring Break Reading/Media Recommendations - CU Boulder Librarians compiled a list of books and media to check out if anybody is bored and looking for something to do during this time.
How to Have Fun During Social Distancing - List of ways to have fun in Denver while social distancing

Self Care Ideas that Cost $0 - CU Boulder article of a list of things that we can do to take care of ourselves
Download Libby - Connect with your local library and download ebooks or listen to audio books that you "check out" on the app 

How to Salvage a Disastrous Day

Templates to create paper cities

The Weight” (Playing for Change)
Finding Helpers during Scary Times” (Ryan Van Duzer)
What the World Needs Now” (Virtual Orchestra, Berklee College of Music Students)
Hands … Washing Hands” (Neil Diamond)
Ode to Joy” (Colorado Symphony Orchestra)
Ode to Joy” (Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra)
Ode to Joy Flashmob” (Som Sabadell)
Over the Rainbow” (Chino Valley Unified School District Choir)
Tree Tree Tree” (Yo Yo Ma as part of the #SongsOfComfort series)
Free Online Board Games
Cards Against Humanity -Free Online - One Family’s musical response to COVID-19 quarantine (to the tune of “One Day More”) - Appalachian Spring -- Martha Graham Dancers & Toronto Symphony Orchestra Collaboration - Climate Comedy 2020 (promoted by CU Boulder “Into the Greenhouse”-:

Bolero Julliard - performance of Ravel’s “Bolero” with Julliard student dancers/musicians and special guests