The Journalism thematic minor is offering a new course in block 3:

Course title: Environmental Journalism in the Rocky Mountain West: Changing Climates, Changing Lives

Instructor: Bruce Finley

Course description: An exploration of the impact of climate change on lives in the Rocky Mountain Region through their stories and the challenges of reporting them. Students will conduct investigative field work at three locations: in the predominantly agricultural and water-challenged San Luis Valley, around the snow-dependent ski and recreation community of Crested Butte, and at the coal-mining and organic farming area in the North Fork Valley (Somerset-Paonia-Hotchkiss). Students conduct interviews, gather information and produce stories for a website in partnership with State of the Rockies.

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The Film and Media Studies program is offering very exciting courses this semester. A selection of them are:

In block 3

  • Cinemas of the Middle East: The course is organized around units within a historical trajectory that involve works from the following countries: Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Lebanon, and Palestine.
  • Directing Actors for the Screen: Students direct and act in scenes from plays, films, and television in this workshop based course.
  • Media and Psychoanalysis: Considers the status of desire and subjectivity in the contemporary media landscape, a setting in which failure often has become a new means for success.

In block 4

  • Adaptation: Filmmaking from Literature: The course is to help students gain a deeper understanding of literature-film adaptation through lectures and hands-on activities, continually challenging the most fundamental questions in adaptation criticism such as literal fidelity and authorial intent.

Each course’s full description is available via the class schedule!

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DOC Executive Director Williams will offer a presentation in the Mohrmann Theatre in Armstrong at 7:00pm on the October 1.
Please join us for the screening of a documentary “Breaking the Cycle” comparing Halden Prison in Norway to the Attica Correctional Facility in New York. DOC Director Dean Williams will join the audience in an engaging discussion about the future of prisons in Colorado, and across the country.
Dean Williams was appointed Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections by Governor Jared Polis on January 8, 2019. Prior to joining the Colorado DOC, he was the Commissioner of Corrections in Alaska where he oversaw the operation of community jails, halfway houses, pretrial and sentenced facilities, probation, parole and pre-trial efforts in the state.

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According to The National Security Education Program (NSEP), Russian is one of the critical languages. Learn it in a communicative way, exploring the origin of words, rich Russian history and culture that influenced the language. All that and much more in Block 3.

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Next Thursday, October 3rd, 12:15pm, South Hall Commons
Today in Mongolia young women and men are engaged via Facebook, hold cell phones, use cool sell dry toilets!… to off-grid communities of many cities and towns of Mongolia and even to nomadic herders. Not only their parents, but also their teachers could not comprehend that doing business on waterless toilets could be something a Mongolian man or woman can handle psychologically given the prejudice against even saying the word toilet (jorlon). With over 600,000 families urgently needing to change their dark, dangerous, dirty outdoor latrines, selling/installing/servicing toilets is a fast growing new business in one of the coldest countries in Asia. The start of such a new business is the result of a 23 month-long public education campaign, Let’s Change Our Toilets, led by Local Solutions, an Ulaanbaatar based NGO. Just two years ago, the word toilet in Mongolian language was a taboo and there was a strong prejudice against anything related to toilets in off-grid areas.

As the initiator and the leader of the campaign, author of the book, Let’s Change Our Toilet, Oyungerel Tsedevdamba will tell her story of breaking the taboo, undertaking a nationwide training on toilets, changing behaviors, and supporting the first ever toilet business cluster in Mongolia.

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Thursday, September 26 at noon in South Hall Commons. Lunch will be provided.

Drawing on the research of Todd Miller, Political Journalist and Writer and Dr. Christina Leza, Associate Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department, this talk will discuss the U.S.-Mexico Border (and its global extension) as a colonial tool and imperial weapon.

Sponsored by the Sociology Department, the Southwest Studies Department, the Anthropology Department and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundatio

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You are invited to the Classics Department Reception and Information Session on Friday, September 27th from 12-1 pm in the department lounge in Cossitt Hall. Learn about our course offerings this academic year that relate to the cultures of Ancient Greece, Rome and the Mediterranean, as well as our Greek and Latin language classes. Lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in the study of these cultures or learning more about our program, please attend. We also offer a range of study abroad courses during individual blocks and the summer. Come meet current majors and minors as well as the department faculty.

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You are invited to the Arabic, Islamic, and Middle East Studies Reception and Information Session on Thursday, September 26th at 4 PM at the Tutt Library Event Space.

Are you interested in the study of Arabic, Islam, and/or the Middle East/North Africa? Are you considering study abroad programs in the Middle East/North Africa? Do you know about the Arabic and Islamic Studies thematic minor? Come meet current minors and students with similar interests as well as the six faculty members who offer courses in Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies on campus while enjoying some delicious Middle Eastern treats and refreshments.

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The Ahlberg Gear House is hosting the “Fall Gear Sale” this Friday, September 27th from 2-4pm on Yampa (Autrey) Field in conjunction with the Outdoor Education Open House for Family and Friends Weekend!

Come check out some super discounted gear that’s still in great shape or find a new project to repair and get some more years out of. Have outdoor equipment that you no longer use? Sell it at our event! Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to buy or sell outdoor equipment within our CC Community!

A sneak peak at the types of gear for sale. backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, paddling equipment, ski equipment, retro outdoor attire, and more!

Interested in selling? Bring your items by 1:50pm to set up and stage your gear (note, you must be present and are responsible for your own transactions)

Come prepared! Outdoor Education only accepts CASH or CHECK at for our items; however Venmo is a great option for purchasing from private sellers.

Hope to see you there!

Contact Rachael Abler ( with any questions.

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Please join the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in honoring the career of Professor Clara Lomas on Friday, September 27th from 4:00-6:00PM in the Fine Arts Center lobby, followed by a performance by Son Como Son, an Albuquerque-based Afro-Cuban salsa band, on Tava Quad from 7:00-9:00PM.
Refreshments and beverages will be served.

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