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Ralphie explained: How this bison became a buffalo

Sept. 12, 2023

Ralphie the Buffalo is technically a North American bison. Brooke Neely, a research associate with the Center of the American West, sheds light on how CU’s iconic bison mascot became known as a buffalo.

2013 flood in Boulder

At the X-roads: Twitter’s ‘devolution’ may affect response to next major storm

Sept. 11, 2023

The 2013 flood struck Boulder at a time when social media was beginning a major shift away from the altruism seen in previous disasters. What might crisis response look like next time?

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Pale Blue Dot or bust?

Sept. 5, 2023

Rather than embracing escapist fantasies of colonizing space, humankind needs to commit itself to saving the planet, expert says.

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What is Labor Day and why do we celebrate it?

Aug. 31, 2023

Labor Day is a widely-celebrated American holiday, but beyond the opportunity for indulging in barbecues and poolside gatherings, the day holds significant historical weight. Professor Ahmed White offers his take.

Vladimir Putin and Yevgeny Prigozhin

What the death of rival Prigozhin means for Putin and the war on Ukraine

Aug. 28, 2023

Russian officials have confirmed the Aug. 23 plane crash in the outskirts of Moscow killed Yevgeny Priogozhin, friend-turned-foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin. CU expert Sarah Wilson Sokhey offers her take on what Prigozhin’s death means for the war in Ukraine and how a coup attempt against Czar Nicholas II in 1907 could provide clues about what will happen next.

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Should I be laughing at this?

Aug. 14, 2023

In a recent defense of strong comic immoralism, CU Boulder doctoral student Connor Kianpour discusses the philosophy of humor and the intellectual value of studying the humor we’re not sure we should laugh at.

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Russia retools Soviet propaganda against Ukraine, expert says

Aug. 11, 2023

In her master’s thesis, Daria Molchanova highlights how the current Russian regime is making use of Soviet narratives and symbols to justify its war with Ukraine.


‘I don’t want to be a bad guy anymore’

July 19, 2023

Gang violence is driving a surge in violent crime across America. New research shows community interventions can stem the tide.

Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin and Vladmir Putin

What’s next for Putin’s Russia?

July 5, 2023

An agreement between the Wagner mercenary group and the Russian government averts a civil war for now, but the future is less clear, according to CU Boulder Russia expert and political science professor.

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How the 303 Creative SCOTUS decision may change anti-discrimination laws

July 3, 2023

Professor of Law Scott Skinner-Thompson, who focuses on LGBTQ+ and HIV legal issues, discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling involving the 303 Creative company, and legal implications for LGBTQ+ rights.