The Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry, or Dphi, enriches Denver’s intellectual and cultural life through programs that reframe perspectives, challenge assumptions, and stimulate dialogue about human thought, history, science, art and culture. Dphi organizes roundtable discussions, art exhibits, film screenings, theatrical performances and lectures centered on major issues and questions of abiding human concern. We host both local and international experts, artists, and some of the ‘greatest minds of our time.’

Dphi is eager to partner with local organizations that share our goals.  If you or your organization would like to join the conversation or sponsor an event, or if you would like further information about D-phi’s mission and activities, please email us!

Our Partners

Dphi is the brainchild of a group of MSU Denver faculty interested in cultivating a culture of intellectual inquiry in Denver and creating connections between the university and other likeminded cultural institutions and individuals throughout the city.


Jean François Duclos (Modern Languages)

David Farrell (Music)

Adam Graves (Director, Philosophy)

Gabriel Grinsteiner (Assistant Director)

Cynthia Kuhn (English)

Matthew Makley (History)

Craig Svonkin  (English)

Megan Hughes (Honors)

Dphi is sponsored by the MSU Denver School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, as well as MSU Denver’s Philosophy Department.


Below, you can learn about the diverse organizations that contribute to Dphi’s mission.

Denver Center for Performing Arts

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

“We’re best known for our touring Broadway shows and Tony-winning theatre, but as a not-for-profit organization that serves the entire Rocky Mountain region with the best arts programming and education possible, we’re so much more than that.”



Redline logo‌‌‌‌RedLine is about the tangible benefits of education and training, and the emotional benefits of connectivity, respect, and satisfaction. It’s a place for many-collectors, curators, and the public.

RedLine is about connecting artists with the community. RedLine encourages artistic growth in an environment where artists can cross the red line to lose the inhibitions that may hold an artist back, while gaining support systems to excite the senses and realize one’s dreams. Artists are required to share their experiences and their personal creative’s with the community.”


Tattered Cover Book Store

Tattered Cover Book Store - Est. 1971, Denver CO

“Tattered Cover is a large indie bookstore and cafe with the cozy feel and comfort of smaller bookshops, furnished with comfortable sofas and overstuffed chairs and and a world-class newsstand. We sell new and used books, in addition to crisp pre-discounted bargain editions. We are a Denver institution, a community gathering place, and an experience you can’t download.”


Ratio Beerworks

Ratio Beerworks“In many ways, Ratio started in the punk scene back in the late 90’s. We cut our teeth by touring, playing out, creating zines, and working at labels. That DIY mindset prepared us for the challenges of creating and sharing our passions on our own terms. Over the years that energy has been channeled into brewing, learning the craft in Germany and honing our skills at some of the most respected breweries in Colorado.”


Cafe Max

Cafe Max

“CAFE MAX is the inspiration of a creative duo from New York City and Japan. The dream was to open an international style cafe that melds food and drink with culture and art by way of their travels and life adventures. ‌Our goal is to provide nourishment and inspiration, inside a stylish environment that balances eclectic worldliness, with a welcoming sense of place. We hope to see you soon.”


McNichols Civic Center Building

McNichols Civic Center BuildingThe McNichols Civic Center Building is located at the northwest corner of Civic Center Park, at the intersection of Colfax and Bannock. In 1909, the cornerstone of the McNichols Building was laid. It set the foundation for the then Carnegie Library that would become a center of learning in Civic Center Park. That tradition continues as we re-opened the building in 2012 as a contemporary hub for arts and culture for the people of Denver. This stunning Greek Revival building with its classic Corinthian columns and iconic colonnade across its front, offers new experiences in a classic space.‌


History Colorado

History Colorado

A twenty-first-century historical society stablished in 1879, History Colorado is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and an agency of the State of Colorado under the Department of Higher Education. We offer public access to cultural and heritage resources of Colorado, including statewide museums and special programs for individuals and families, collection stewardship of Colorado’s historic treasures, educational resources for schools, students and teachers, services related to preservation, archaeology and history, and the Stephen H. Hart Research Library.


Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Lighthouse Writers Workshop

“Lighthouse Writers Workshop is the largest nonprofit literary center in Colorado and the Mountain West. Since 1997, we’ve offered high-quality writing instruction in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, and many other genres. We’ve twice been designated one of the best things in Denver by the indie newspaper Westword, and in 2008 we received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.”

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SIE Film Center

Sie FilmCenter

“the Denver Film Society celebrated the opening of its new home, the Sie FilmCenter, in 2010. From its new home theaters, the DFS is able to present a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals both domestic and foreign, narrative and documentary—over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format, without any onscreen advertising.”

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Tivoli Brewing Company

Tivoli Brewing - 1859

“The story of Tivoli began with the formation of Denver and the settling of the Colorado Territory in 1861…

In 2012, a group of native Coloradans formed the Tivoli Distributing Company and Tivoli Beer was reborn. The first batch, a recreation of the historic Tivoli Beer recipe, entered the brew kettle on August 1, 2012. At this time, establishments in the Denver area began selling Tivoli Beer for the first time in over 43 years..”

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Esquire Theater

Esquire - Landmark Theatres

“2 Screens DLP Digital Projection and Sound. Built in 1927. Operated by Landmark since 1980. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, the Esquire Theatre is nestled into Denver’s hip and trendy Capitol Hill area. Originally opened in the Fall of 1927 as the Hiawatha Theatre with one screen and a balcony, over the years, it has evolved into a twin screener. Today, it features the finest in independent film and foreign language cinema…”


Curious Theater

"Curious Theatre Company - no guts, no story"

““No guts, no story” embodies the ethos of Curious Theatre Company. Established 18 years ago by a vanguard Artistic Company that has since grown to 27 professional actors, designers, and directors at its core, Curious brings the best new theatre to Denver, producing thought-provoking plays designed to challenge ideas, stir emotions, and leave audiences thinking and talking for days.”


Alliance Française

The Alliance Française is a worldwide non-profit, cultural and educational center founded in Paris in 1883. It is the world’s largest cultural network with over 800 chapters in 132 countries, serving over 500,000 students.

Our Denver branch, the Alliance Française de Denver (AFD) was founded in 1897 and is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the Denver-Metro area. It is also the only wholly French language, culture, and resource center in Colorado. As part of this world-wide effort, the AFD is proud to promote the integration of diverse cultures within the Denver community.