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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March 18, 2018 | NPR · Having centrists like Conor Lamb from southwestern Pennsylvania in the party can conflict with the increased progressive activism energizing Democrats against President Trump.

March 18, 2018 | NPR · The 18-term lawmaker takes the title from the late Massachusetts GOP Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers.

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March 18, 2018 | NPR · Patrick Desbois has spent the last 15 years uncovering details of Nazi massacres in Eastern Europe and Russia. Using the same methods, the priest is now uncovering ISIS crimes against Yazidis.

Arts & Life

March 18, 2018 | NPR · As part of our Missed Connections series, NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro reunites Sharony Green and Beth Hegab, former childhood friends who drifted apart, according to Green, in part because of race.

20th Century Fox
March 18, 2018 | NPR · It’s a coming-of-age story that’s also a coming-out story — and it’s in mainstream theaters around the country. Director Greg Berlanti says that’s a big deal.

March 18, 2018 | NPR · For decades, Disney has been criticized for its passive, love-struck heroines. Do the women in Black Panther and A Wrinkle In Time finally signal real change?


Courtesy of the artist
March 18, 2018 | NPR · The Brooklyn-based band doesn’t need to speak English to pack a punch. Frontwoman Rahill Jamalifard talks about songwriting in Farsi and how Middle Eastern rock emboldens her.

March 17, 2018 | NPR · The ad asked would you rather “slap Rihanna” or “punch Chris Brown.” Snapchat pulled the ad, but its stock prices were still down by week’s end.

Carnegie Hall
March 17, 2018 | NPR · Since 2009, the maximum security prison has been home to music workshops put on by Carnegie Hall and led by some of New York City’s top musicians.

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