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Upcoming Cool Courses

Summer 2021

  • ENG 1100 online – Introduction to Literature with Dr. Jeff Taylor: Learn why literature lies at the heart of the human experience! Earn Arts and Humanities GS Credit in an 8-week online course. Info? Contact Dr. Taylor:

  • ENG 2850 online - International Film with Prof. Mikkilynn Olmsted: This General Studies course fulfills the Global Designation; you get to screen films from Italy, France, China, India, Japan, Iran, Egypt, Argentina, among other countries.

Fall 2021

  • ENG 2820 online - Aviation in Film and Literature with Dr. James Aubrey: In this new General Studies course you will study how ideas about flight with air craft from biplanes to drones fit into American popular culture. The focus will be on selected films such as Dr Strangelove and Top Gun and selected books such as Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Your guide will be Dr. Jim Aubrey, former Air Force intelligence officer.

  • ENG 2850 online - International Film: This General Studies course fulfills the Global Designation; you get to screen films from Italy, France, Germany, China, India, Japan, Iran, and Senegal among other countries.

  • ENG 3112 online - Early World Literature with Dr. Pam Troyer: Literature meets archaelogy in ENG 3112. The ancient/medieval stories of this course survived volcanos, terrorists, and genocide. Copies of them were ransomed for gold, hidden in caves, and written by prisoners. World culture is built on what survived. ENG 3112 fulfills early history, global diversity, and upper division literature credits.

  • ENG 3725 hybrid - Gender in American Film with Prof. Rebecca O'Neill: This course examines Mainstream American Film’s messages– coded and overt – to film goers about Gender. Tracing American Film from origins to present day, this course explores how gender norms were established and subverted through decades.

  • ENG 3770 online - Multicultural Cinema with Dr. Chereka Dickerson: Counts as the University Multicultural credit. The course will cover four areas: African-American, Asian-American, Latinx-American, and Native-American films.

  • ENG 4115 on-campus, MW 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Hip Hop and Literature with Dr. Chereka Dickerson: In hip hop and literature we investigate social influences on African American cultural productions like literature and hip hop.  We consider the mutually influential relationship between the two art forms and their place within black culture.

  • ENG 3465 hybrid with on-campus Thurs., 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Anti-racist Children's Lit with Dr. Craig Svonkin: We explore a wide array of inclusive, anti-oppressive and anti-xenophobic children's literature, using a variety of cultural, historical, ideological, and aesthetic lenses. This course fulfills the University's Arts and Humanities General Studies and Multicultural credits.

  • ENG 362B hybrid with on-campus Tues., 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Monster Theory with Dr. Wendolyn Weber: We explore questions of identity and difference, the unknown and terrifying, through the concept of monstrousness. Critical and theoretical texts provide the foundation to our study of literary, filmic, and graphic texts from a variety of contexts. This course fulfills theory and upper division literature credits.

  • ENG 4137 Chinua Achebe online with Dr. Jeff Taylor: In this authorship course, we study the works of Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. Applying a postcolonial theoretical lens we dive into the canon of this influential author. This course fulfills authorship, global diversity, and upper division literature credits.

  • ENG 39AY online - Star Wars with Dr. Vincent Piturro: Cover the Universe from Episodes I–IX as well as Clone Wars and The Mandalorian. Screen and discuss all of the films and episodes through a critical lens.

  • ENG 312B on-campus, MW 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Black Lives in Literature and Film with Dr. Chereka Dickerson: Black autobiographical and biographical texts that center Black folk and their life experiences. Texts for study are both literary and filmic representations of Black lives. Black voices on the page and screen. This course fulfills multiethnic diversity and upper division literature credits.

  • ENG 463G online - Scorsese with Dr. Vincent Piturro: Cover much of the great director’s career from his first feature through the present. Films include Mean Streets, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Kundun, and more.


Moolade Live-Stream Discussion

Wed., Feb. 24, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., live stream discussion of Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene's Moolade

Panelists include Dr. Jacqui McLeod (Africana Studies / History), Dr. Adam Graves (Philosophy), and our English faculty Dr. Vincent Piturro and Dr. James Aubrey. The film will be made available a week before the discussion event.


Women in Color: Leadership in Academia

Join Student Life, The Center for Identity and Inclusion, and Ethnic Studies for a panel discussion on how Women of Color experience leadership in Academia.

Dr. Chereka Dickerson is among the panelists.

Tues., March 18, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., via


Speaking through Poetry

Dr. Sandra Doe and MSU Denver alumnx Tameca Coleman will read poetry. Dr. Doe's book, Trip and Return, has been well-received across Colorado. Tameca Coleman has a variety of publications. Their debut book, An Identity Polyptych is forthcoming.

Fri., April 9, 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. via


Decolonizing and Disintegration of Western Cognitive Empire - Rethinking Sovereignty and Territoriality in the 21st Century Conference

Wed., April 14 - Thurs., April 15 via Zoom

Proposal deadline: March 15

Co-sponsored by The New Polis. To propose or attend, see Conference Announcement info.

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