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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News

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December 13, 2019 | NPR · After ruling on Thursday that anyone born in American Samoa should be recognized as a U.S. citizen, the same judge on Friday decided to put the order on hold until the issue is resolved on appeal.
 

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December 13, 2019 | NPR · Relatives of nine American women and children who were brutally killed in Mexico last month were in Washington this week to tell their story. They want the U.S. to go after drug cartels.
 

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December 13, 2019 | NPR · Cities in the West that are dealing with an explosion of homelessness are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that limits camping bans in public parks and right of ways.
 

Arts & Life

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December 13, 2019 | NPR · Abby McEnany plays a version of herself — a mid-40s, queer, gender non-conforming woman — in a new Showtime comedy series. It’s the first TV project for the Chicago improv stalwart.
 

December 13, 2019 | FA · Before Sykes became a comic, she worked at the NSA and had top security clearance. Now she takes on the president in her Emmy-nominated Netflix special Not Normal. Originally broadcast Aug. 1, 2019.
 

December 13, 2019 | FA · Bernardine Evaristo’s nuanced and entertaining Booker Prize-winning novel is told from the point of view of 12 British women of color — all just a few degrees of separation apart from each other.
 

Music

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December 13, 2019 | NPR · “Futsal Shuffle 2020” arrives after a year and a half of stop-starts in the album’s roll out, widely believed to be the product of a cold war between the rapper and his label.
 

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December 13, 2019 | WXPN-FM · “I needed to take a minute away from the way that MY WOMAN and previous records had been done because this one just didn’t require the same feeling,” Olsen says.
 

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December 13, 2019 | NPR · The Comet is Coming is a force of nature. The British trio makes the kind of instrumental jazz that takes music lovers out of their comfort zone and into a musical realm they may never have explored.
 

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