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D-phi is the brainchild of a group of MSU Denver faculty interested in cultivating a culture of intellectual inquiry in Denver and creating connections between the university and other likeminded cultural institutions and individuals throughout the city.

Click below for a list of individuals whose gracious support makes D-phi possible


Ronda Eaker (Applied Learning)

Amy Eckert (Political Science)

Liz Goodnick (Philosophy)

Adam Graves (Founding Director, Philosophy)

Alex Yukhananov (Technical Coordinator)

Gabriel Grinsteiner (Project Director)

Cynthia Kuhn (English)

Matthew Makley (History)

Vijay Mascarenhas (Philosophy)

Kelly Monico (Communication Design)

Sean Morris (Assistant Director, Philosophy)

Kelsey Percival (Project Coordinator)

Vincent Piturro (English)

James Reid (Philosophy)

Shaun Schafer (Journalism and Technical Communication) 

Ted Shin (Industrial Design)

Craig Svonkin  (English) 

Helene Ver Eecke (Biology)

Elizabeth Davis is Director of Programs at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS). Liz is responsible for the successful visioning, creative direction, oversight, planning and implementation of the Adult and Children’s Programs, Teacher Programs and Offsite Programs departments.  Liz has 20 years experience in museum education.


Douglas Langworthy is the Literary Manager and Dramaturg at the Denver Center Theatre Company where he was responsible for dramaturgy on almost innumerable productions.  Prior to Denver, Douglas served as Dramaturg and Director of Play Development at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ for two years and Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) for seven. Douglas has translated over 15 plays from their original German and received a National Theatre Translation Fund Award.  He was also the dramaturg for Target Margin Theater in New York, which produced his translation of Goethe’s Faust. 


Tariana Navas-Nieves is the Director of Cultural Affairs for Denver Arts & Venues, the City and County of Denver agency responsible for the city’s cultural affairs and publicly owned venues. The agency operates some of the region’s most renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. 


JJ Rutherford is the Director of Education at History Colorado, formerly the Colorado Historical Society.  JJ oversees the education department there and has most recently worked on the RACE: Are We So Different and El Movimiento: the Chicano Movement in Colorado exhibits. She also manages a federal grant dedicated to the creation of five online learning environments and their accompanying digital badges for K12 students.


Nancy Walsh is the Director of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s education programs, which provide educational experiences to the Museum’s diverse audience of 1.4 million every year. Nancy served on the core team for the new Morgridge Family Exploration Center, and has over 20 years of Museum Education experience, having previously worked at the Field Museum, Bell Museum and Virginia Aquarium.  Nancy also serves as a Commissioner and Co-Chair for the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs.


Allison Watrous is Director of Education at the DCPA’s Education Department and has been a teaching artist there for the past 16 years. She recently played Sally in Talley’s Folly with Sis Tryst Productions and Kelly Young in Just Like Us at the DCPA Theatre Company. Allison is faculty at the Denver School of the Arts and the University of Northern Colorado, and taught previously at the New York Film Academy and the New Victory Theatre.

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