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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November 27, 2015 | NPR · An active shooting situation is unfolding at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo. Multiple police officers and civilians have been injured.

November 27, 2015 | NPR · At least four officers and an unknown number of civilians were injured in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, police say.

November 27, 2015 | NPR · The USDA recently stunned growers when it projected the smallest orange harvest for Florida in more than 50 years. The culprit: A tiny insect that’s killing off the state’s trees — and industry.

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November 27, 2015 | NPR · Barbie commercials have come a long way since the 1950s, when one ad encouraged girls to want to get married. Today’s commercials market the doll to boys and show girls dreaming about their careers.

November 27, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Chicago poet Nate Marshall, who reflects on this week in Chicago and read his poem “Out South.”

November 27, 2015 | NPR · The biggest entertainment release so far in 2015 wasn’t Jurassic World or Adele’s 25 … it was a video game. Fallout 4, released earlier this month, made $750 million in 24 hours. JJ Sutherland and Chris Suellentrop of the podcast Shall We Play A Game have this review.


November 27, 2015 | NPR · In the ’70s, Richard Carpenter and his sister, Karen, made up the pop duo the Carpenters. On Dec. 5, PBS will begin airing Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2009.

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November 27, 2015 | NPR · Hear the Scottish queer punk band perform a moving DIY ballad about loving someone who is in love with someone else.

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November 27, 2015 | WXPN · The author’s new novel looks at the history of music through the life of fictional guitarist Frankie Presto.

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