Impact Report 2019-2020

Letter from the Dean

Daniel McIntosh

I am proud of all we have accomplished this year, as the DU and CAHSS family demonstrated our true strength, resiliency and core values.

In 2020, we quickly adapted and innovated to keep our community safe, while continuing to provide high-quality education for our students. Our sociology and criminology faculty updated their coursework to explore the impact of COVID-19 on DU students, while Associate Professor Renee Botta supported a team of nurses in Haiti on improving health outcomes through health promotion and communication during the pandemic. 

Beyond the classroom, our alumni are proving that community, adaptability, learning and improving the future are what the liberal and creative arts are all about. Alumna Maram Abdelhamid (BA ’01) put inclusive excellence at the heart of her nonprofit Liberty and Access for All (L+A) to respond to race, gender and class prejudices and empower leaders in Washington, D.C.

Your support has allowed us to transform our students’ education by creating a multitude of experiential learning opportunities and by investing in faculty innovation through the John Madden Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts.

Though this is my last year as dean, our work together is not done. This year provides many opportunities to continue to build for the future of the College and University, and I hope that you will connect with events and projects that support the Keystone Plan and our exciting vision for the College.

I look forward to the year ahead and all that we will achieve­.

Daniel McIntosh




Daniel McIntosh, PhD

Dean, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

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Media Highlights

Our Faculty

Our Students

Our Alumni

The Impact of Philanthropy

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A Partnership and a Legacy

Michael Pulman, PhD, and Eric Lindstrom, MD, wanted to make an impact on the study of human sexuality in ways not possible in decades past. Now, through a gift of $3 million, they are making that difference at the University of Denver. 

With their gift, the couple is creating an interdisciplinary chair in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences to focus on human sexuality, and in particular, the cultural impact of homosexual individuals. As Pulman and Lindstrom say, many contributions by homosexual individuals throughout history have, until recently, gone unrecognized.

The chair will reside in the College, and the academic’s work could involve research and studies in history, arts, literatures and many other connected fields in the humanities and social sciences.

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Haiti Women’s Soap Project

In some of the poorest neighborhoods in Haiti, a team of nurses train women as hygiene educators and as sellers of liquid soap. Liquid soap is considered a luxury item in Haiti, and the team’s ability to make and sell it cheaply helps break down the cost barriers that often prevent people from buying it. Their work heightens awareness about the importance of hygiene — along with its role in reducing disease, loss of work and loss of schooling.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, those nurses became part of the national team for COVID prevention in Haiti, training hospital staff on hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID. Renee Botta, associate professor of media, film and journalism studies, provides leadership to this team as an expert in improving health outcomes through health promotion and communication. The team’s work is supported, in part, through philanthropy at DU.

"Adobes" painting by Allen Tupper True

DU Artist Initiative

A new initiative from the University Art Collections (UAC) seeks to build the University’s holdings of important DU artists like Vance Kirkland, William Sanderson, Duane Michals and many others. Most recently, trustee and alumnus Craig Harrison (BSBA ‘03) gave an Allen Tupper True painting to the collection. True, a student at DU from 1899–1901, was an American illustrator, easel painter and muralist. 

“We’re thrilled to have acquired this wonderful True painting through Craig’s generosity and look forward to working with other donors to expand this important part of the collection,” said UAC Curator Geoffrey Shamos.

The initiative will include exhibitions, publications, lectures and acquisitions. In addition to DU-affiliated artists, UAC is prioritizing works by Black, Indigenous, people of color and women artists. 

Past Performances & Events

Strategic Initiatives

Center for Art Collection Ethics

Native American pottery by Lucy M. Lewis, Douglas Levi, Josephine Nahohao and Stella Teller

Tracing an Object's Troubled History

DU Professor of History Elizabeth Campbell set out to create a DU center where graduate students and emerging professionals in the areas of anthropology, art history, library and information science, museum studies and more can get the training they need when it comes to conducting provenance research and other aspects of ethical stewardship.

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Angela Parker, Melanie Yazzie, Jan Jacobs and Dakota Hoska at the Ethical Stewardship of Contemporary Native Art event at DU

Exploring the Ethics of Native American Collections

DU’s Center for Art Collection Ethics (ACE) is raising awareness of the legal and ethical dimensions of art collection stewardship. In February, Native artists and practitioners visited campus, offering insights on the ethics of creating, conserving and displaying contemporary Native American objects.

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Center for Judaic Studies

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Q&A: Remembering the Liberation of Auschwitz 75 Years Later

Adam Rovner, an associate professor of English and Jewish literature and the director of the Center for Judaic Studies, shared his perspective on the Holocaust’s enduring significance.

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3rd Annual Vinnik Evening of Jewish Culture

On February 18, 2020, the Center for Judaic Studies hosted a feature screening of the film Golda, followed by a discussion with the directors Sagi Bornstein and Udi Nir. 

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Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts (CILCA)

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CILCA Supports DU's Casa de Paz Learning Community

Elizabeth Escobedo, associate professor of history, launched a service-learning class that partners with Casa de Paz, an Aurora nonprofit that offers housing, meals, visits, and transportation to immigrants recently released from immigrant detention. This academic year, Casa de Paz has been a partner for four service-learning courses within the Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts (CILCA).

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Combining Art & Technology for the Public Good

For their residency this past September at DU’s Clinic for Open Source Arts (COSA), Luca Damasco and Zach Rispoli made improvements to Wick Editor, visited classes in the Emergent Digital Practices Department and held workshops at local high schools that reached over 300 students from first to ninth grade. 

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