As the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, last month, in many ways, the gay rights movement seems to be pushing forward faster than many had anticipated. Some are already turning toward other complex issues, like gender. This month’s Western Skies brings a variety of community perspectives on an […]

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Colorado College English professor and Canadian, Steven Hayward presents a primer of sorts for fed-up Americans who’ve proclaimed, for myriad reasons, that they’ve had it with America and now they’re moving to Canada.

Steven Hayward is a novelist and short story writer born in Toronto, Canada. The eldest of two brothers, he attended […]

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Colorado College Economics and Business Professor, Lt. Col. Jim Parco (Ret.) presents a micro lecture on the relationship between the perception of the warrior ideal and the argument against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

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Colorado College Sociology Professor C.J. Pascoe discusses the roots of bullying and its relationship with the enforcement of masculine stereotypes in young men and boys.

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Marion Hourdequin, associate professor of Philosophy at Colorado College discusses the ethical problems inherent in developing a scheme of geoengineering to ameliorate the effects of climate change.

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Colorado College Economics Professor Daniel Johnson unveils the economic model he devised to predict the number of Olympic Medals participating countries can expect to win. Johnson’s model has demonstrated astonishingly high accuracy rates since its inception in 1998. Learn how it all began and how it works by watching the micro lecture, below.

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Alex Ilyasova, English professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs examines the gender dynamics of power and masculinity via the framework of the Dykes on Bikes trademark case.

If you’re interested in any and all things motorcycle – Ilyasova is hosting the 2nd Annual International Journal of Motorcycle Studies Conference […]

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Colorado College assistant Spanish professor, Daniel Arroyo-Rodriguez, presents a microLecture on how film and literature have helped recuperate the historical memory of the Spanish Civil War. Arroyo-Rodriguez received his BA in Philology from the University of Seville, in Spain, and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Department of Romance Languages […]

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Colorado College associate professor of comparative literature and German, William Davis, presents a microLecture on how philosophy and literature interact with and are amplified by one another.  Davis uses as an example the Romantic era philosophers and poets endeavoring to make sense of the transitory nature of life.

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Colorado College Philosophy professor Rick Furtak examines Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard’s role in establishing a philosophical framework dealing with aspects of the human experience that defy quantification and the importance of scrutinizing the emotional response in search of existential truth.

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Colorado College Psychology professor and member of the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls, Tomi-Ann Roberts explores the issue of the sexualization of girls and women in our society.
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Heidi Lewis, Riley Scholar-in-Residence in the Feminist and Gender Studies department at the Colorado College explores the way African-American homosexual males have been depicted on television from the 80’s to the present day.

NOTE: The above video contains adult subject subject matter and themes, viewer discretion is advised.

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September 27, 2020 | NPR · Hunger is one of the most urgent — yet hidden — crises facing the nation. In this special episode of All Things Considered, a look at how food insecurity has been exacerbated by the coronavirus.
 

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September 27, 2020 | NPR · In the peer-reviewed journal article, University of Queensland physicists say time is essentially self-healing. Changes in the past wouldn’t necessarily cause a universe-ending paradox. Phew.
 

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September 27, 2020 | NPR · The decision grants TikTok a short-term reprieve, but the wildly popular app’s fate still faces an extraordinary amount of uncertainty.
 

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September 28, 2020 | NPR · Former Washington Post leader Len Downie is well-placed to offer a look at 50 years in news — but he also writes of times he had to weigh the public’s right to know against national security.
 

September 27, 2020 | NPR · Host Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to comedian Michelle Buteau about her new Netflix special, Wecome to Buteaupia.
 

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September 27, 2020 | NPR · Renowned ballerina Misty Copeland’s new kids’ book Bunheads draws on her own childhood experiences — if your kids love dance, it’s just the thing to keep them going until classes come back.
 

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September 27, 2020 | NPR · This year’s Tiny Desk Contest attracted plenty of talent, including standout entrant Mama Haze, aka California songwriter Meaghan Maples. Her song “On Your Side” was written during a time of healing.
 

September 27, 2020 | NPR · TikTok’s fate in the U.S. is unclear, but one thing is: the video-sharing app has been good for emerging artists. NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with LA Times pop music critic Mikael Wood.
 

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September 25, 2020 | NPR · Hear new releases from Anadama, Skerryvore, The Black Brothers, and Luke Bloom.
 

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