Loch Ness monster illustration

The Loch Ness monster: Myth or reality?

Dec. 4, 2023

Marking the 90th anniversary this month of the first “photograph” of the Loch Ness monster, a CU Boulder scholar muses on what qualifies as truth and fiction, and the overlap of conspiracy theories and myths.

'Hektor wirft Paris seine Weichlichkeit vor' by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein in 1786

‘Alien familiarity’ of ‘The Iliad’ gets a makeover

Dec. 4, 2023

It’s not easy to create a work of literature that truly lasts. In a critically acclaimed new translation of “The Iliad,” CU Boulder classics Professor Laurialan Reitzammer sees the enduring relevance of Homer.

A photo showing several actors in the movie 'Killers of the Flower Moon'. The actors are portraying Indigenous women of the Osage Nation in the 1920s.

‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ and Indigenous representation in film

Nov. 22, 2023

As “Killers of the Flower Moon” shows in theaters, Professor Angelica Lawson explains how Indigenous people and stories are typically represented in film, as well as how this new movie lives up to and falls short of expectations.

Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and Donna Summer

Soul sisters, funksters and Afro-disco divas: The heroes of an unsung movement

Nov. 21, 2023

In a new book, CU Boulder researcher Reiland Rabaka focuses on the relationship between the Black Women’s Liberation Movement and its music, heralding pioneers such as Aretha Franklin.

Vintage horror movie posters

Alone in the woods...but not screaming for help

Nov. 17, 2023

CU Boulder sociology instructor Laura Patterson details how feminism is influencing female roles in horror films, expanding them far beyond the “damsel in distress” trope.

Vol de Zombis (1946) by Haitian artist Hector Hyppolite

Pirates and zombies are not so different

Nov. 1, 2023

In a recently published article, CU Boulder researcher Kieran Murphy traces the concurrent paths and points of intersection between pirate and zombie lore in Haiti and popular culture.

Constance and Don Juan

Haunting Don Juan through the centuries

Oct. 31, 2023

Time and the popular imagination have been kind to Don Juan—perhaps too kind. In a newly published paper, CU Boulder’s Emmy Herland explores how the very old story of Don Juan remains relevant through its ghosts.

Panelists speak about book censorship

Rise of book banning stems from ‘culture war,’ experts say

Oct. 30, 2023

At a panel discussion co-sponsored by the CU Boulder Center for Humanities and the Arts, literacy experts championed children’s access to literature.

Kathryn Mayer and Greg Glasgow

Why Disneyland on the mountain never happened

Oct. 25, 2023

A duo with CU Boulder ties discuss their research and co-authored book about the little-known story of Disney’s plan build a mountain ski resort in California.

Tibetan prayer flags and snowy Himalayas

Preserving culture by learning an endangered language

Oct. 17, 2023

An online beginning Tibetan language course offered at CU Boulder allows learners worldwide to access contemporary resources for a less-frequently taught language.