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A wide variety of student recitals, concerts and shows, as well as large-scale performances and visiting artists, ensure there's always something happening on stage at DU. Each year we average more than 400 performances, many of which are free.
At our flagship performance space, the Newman Center, we host six annual symphonic concerts, three annual large-scale theatrical productions and nationally renowned visiting artists ranging from Balinese music and dance to modern jazz. The Lamont School of Music, Theatre department and Emergent Digital Practices department all hold an array of performances and installations — many of which are held in configurable on-campus spaces.
Our dedication to the public good motivates scholarship and programs that impact our local, national and global communities. We live up to this commitment by building and maintaining strong, long-term relationships through community organizing. Here are just a few of the ways our faculty and students are engaging with the community.
Casa de Paz Community-Engaged Learning Series
The partnership includes a series of community-engaged immigration courses, in a variety of liberal arts disciplines, in which DU students work with Casa de Paz, a local nonprofit that supports immigrants recently released from the Aurora Detention Center.
The He(ARTery) of Pregnancy and Baby Loss
The He(ARTery) of Pregnancy and Baby Loss showcased the artwork of The Scraps of the Heart Project collaborators, including bereaved parents, healthcare providers, artists, students and researchers. This partnership was a collaboration including professors and students from the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Communication Studies.
Theatre for Social Change collaboration with Lighthouse's Hard Times Writing Workshop
Students in the Theatre for Social Change course had the opportunity to work with the Lighthouse Hard Times Writing Workshop participants at the Denver Public Library. There they explored themes of community and connection through creative writing and physical theatre. The students and Hard Times participants crafted and produced a script of small scenes that explored stories of growing through hard moments, finding friendship in unexpected ways and the threads that connect us all.
Political Science research with Second Chance Center
Students in a grant-funded social science research methods course applied political science methods to learn from and help address problems facing the formerly incarcerated. This course included a research partnership with the Second Chance Center (SCC), Colorado's largest community reintegration program run by and for formerly incarcerated individuals.
Photography and Memory
The School of Art and Art History partners with the Denver Public Library, the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging, and the Denver Art Museum for the "Photography and Memory" class. Through these partnerships, students are paired with a community member, and the students then photograph and interview the community member to learn more about the stories behind the community member's family photographs.
Veterans Legacy Program
Students and faculty in the Department of History participate in the Veterans Legacy Program, established by the National Cemetery Administration. History faculty Elizabeth Escobedo, PhD, and Carol Helstosky, PhD, worked with 15 students to explore the over 11,000 names of veterans buried at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, researching and sharing these lost histories through the More Than A Headstone (MTAH) Project, outreach to local high schools and exhibits at DU.
This is My Denver collaboration with North High School
Department of Anthropology Assistant Professor Esteban Gomez, PhD, leads a series of workshops that invite students from North High School to tell the stories of the neighborhoods they live in, learning about how their communities have changed and the histories and narratives of those communities. These engagements often emerge through photography, video and film, inviting high school students to practice visual ethnography to chronicle and understand their communities.
Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL)
CCESL collaborates with communities to improve lives, providing opportunities for our students to develop tenacity, rigor and demonstrate democratic participation and inclusion.
The Center helps community members and organizations connect to faculty and students. Partnerships supported by CCESL result in DU community members volunteering in local non-profits, partnering with an organization to conduct research in support of the organization's needs and joining with the community to create art of all kinds. Our faculty and students have much to offer the local community, and we appreciate the opportunity to get students learning by actively utilizing their skills in support of causes that matter to them.
Center for Child and Family Psychology
The Center for Child and Family Psychology at the University of Denver provides:
- Psychological testing
- Diagnostic assessment
- Therapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families
Our clinic is committed to delivering high-quality, research-based mental health services to the community. It's also the training center for our American Psychological Association-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology.
Clinical services are offered on the basis of a flexible, sliding scale. We are committed to providing high-quality services to a culturally and economically diverse clientele.
Research and Creativity at CAHSS
CAHSS research and creative work takes on a wide variety of forms.
We work to ensure that the research and creative work produced by the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences helps strengthen and improve our communities. Students and researchers in the College are working to bring the healing power of art to prisons, increase religious literacy, support diversity and examine the intersections of gender and power. Our artistic endeavors include providing a platform for Native American artists and expanding access to powerful open-source digital tools for expression. We're also proud to provide cultural resources in our community through performance art, including groups such as our Jazz Orchestra, an ensemble that's traveled to the world-renowned Montreux Jazz Festival.
Get Involved With University-Led Research
The University and the College engage the community on several research projects. Learn how to get involved.
DU is a network of global citizens, committed to entrepreneurship, pursuit of knowledge and finding the best option in a sea of choices. Graduates of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences are equipped with deep cultural understanding, social and analytical skills, and the flexibility to adapt to changing markets and current issues.
Over 90% of our students complete a study abroad program. Through immersive learning opportunities locally and globally, they don’t just solve problems, but rather ask the right questions, analyze the problem, provide multiple avenues to a solution and predict the next opportunity.
When you hire with us, you're getting the benefit of the entire DU network behind your pursuits. Our students come connected to 5,000+ professionals through the DU alumni network. Studies show that employers value the skills of liberal arts graduates. Tap into CAHSS as a resource for high quality, creative and passionate employees before your competitors do.