MSU Denver launches event series aimed at fostering passion for the humanities
Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Posted: August 31, 2015
DENVER– Metropolitan State University of Denver is launching the Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry – or D-phi – with a citywide event lineup that will feature international talent and showcases the role humanities play in the Denver community.
“Historically the arts and humanities have been a significant part of Denver’s identity, as evinced by our community’s support of the arts and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District,” said D-phi Director and Associate Professor of Philosophy Adam Graves. “And yet nothing quite like D-phi existed until now. We felt that the interest in art and culture, and the general climate of intellectual curiosity, created a demand and an appreciation for the value of humanities and humanistic inquiry.”
Developed with the help of a seed grant awarded to a collaborative team of MSU Denver professors from multiple departments, D-phi aims to enrich Denver’s intellectual and cultural life by crafting unique programs that are designed to reframe perspectives, challenge assumptions and stimulate dialogue about human thought, history, science, art and culture.
“We are seeking to leverage the cultural resources of like-minded organizations on campus and throughout the metro area. We hope to enrich the lives of our students and our community while also cultivating a spirit of civic collaboration,” Graves added.
D-phi events range from art exhibits and film screenings to theatrical performances and lectures by local as well as internationally renowned thinkers. Each event is centered on an issue or question of abiding human concern while also featuring recognized community partnerships with such organization as History Colorado, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Center for Performing Arts, and Denver Arts and Venues.
Events open to the public include:
Tues., Sept. 8
Blood Meridian and Ben Nichols 7 p.m.
Artist performance, followed by panel discussion of “The Last Pale Light in the West”
Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205)
Free tickets are available for MSU Denver students, contact DphiDenver@gmail.com to reserve.
$10 Tickets are available for the general public for purchase, but seats are limited.
Thurs., Oct. 1
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot 12:30 p.m.
The Denver Center for Performing Arts troop performance of Romeo & Juliet,
panel discussion with the director and cast.
Tivoli Commons, Auraria Campus
Thurs., Oct. 15th
Tribes and the Tyranny of Language 5 p.m.
Lecture by Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Gallaudet University, the world’s first school for the advanced education of the deaf and hard of hearing will be followed by a performance of the critically acclaimed play, Tribes. A group panel discussion with cast will immediately follow.
(Discounted tickets for Tribe are available for MSU Denver Students by entering the promo code “DPHI” at DenverCenter.org.)
Thurs., April 21
An Evening with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon 5 p.m.
Poetry performance and panel discussion
About Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry
The Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry aims to enrich Denver’s intellectual and cultural life through programs designed to reframe our perspectives, challenge our assumptions, and stimulate dialogue about human thought, history, science, art and culture. D-phi organizes a citywide forum centered on a major theme, issue or question of abiding human concern. The forum consists of roundtable discussions, art exhibits, film screenings, theatrical performances, and lectures, with both local and international experts, artists.
About Metropolitan State University of Denver
For 50 years Metropolitan State University of Denver has transformed the lives of students, served as a courageous leader in higher education and boldly advanced the well-being of metro Denver communities. Throughout its history, the University has been known as a gateway to opportunity through broad access, quality academics and education relevant to the Colorado economy. The yearlong MSU Denver anniversary celebration commemorates the creation in 1965 by the Colorado General Assembly of the state’s first urban higher education institution.