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Shakespeare in the Park

Performance and Talkback with the Director and Cast


Martha Nussbaum

Expert Panel Discussion

On the evening preceding Martha Nussbaum's lecture (detailed below), a panel of experts will discuss her enduring contributions to various fields, including moral philosophy, aesthetics, political thought.
Rick Furtak is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colorado College.  His philosophical interests include the moral psychology of the emotions, the relations between philosophy and literature, and the tradition of existential thought (especially Søren Kierkegaard and his legacy). 

James Reid is Associate Professor of Philosophy at MSU Denver. His research is interdisciplinary, drawing from philosophical, scientific, and literary sources, and is devoted to problems in the theory of meaning, value, and significance, and finding appropriate ways of talking about the importance of what we care about.

Sarah Pessin is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver.  Her research areas include Jewish philosophy, Neoplatonisms (including the transmission of texts from Greek into Arabic, Hebrew and Latin medieval traditions), comparative Jewish, Islamic and Christian medieval philosophy and modern Jewish philosophy (Buber, Rosenzweig, Levinas)
Michaele L. Ferguson is Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Associate in the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the author of Sharing Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2012) as well as numerous articles and a co-edited volume on feminist and democratic theory. 
Andrew R. Muldoon is Associate Professor in the Department of History at MSU Denver. He specializes in colonial South Asia, the British Empire, modern Britain and modern Ireland and is fluent in all aspects of modern British and Irish history, politics and culture.

Panel Date:

Wednesday, 9/26


Tivoli 444, LoRaine Good Room

900 Auraria Pkwy

Denver, CO 80204



Martha Nussbaum



The Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry is excited to host one of the most distinguished philosophers and public intellectuals of our time, Martha Nussbaum.

In recognition of her prolific work in in areas including ancient philosophy, political philosophy, feminism, ethics, and animal rights, Martha Nussbaum was awarded the Kyoto Prize in 2016, and delivered the prestigious Jefferson Lecture in 2017. In addition to a multitude of other awards, Nussbaum has honorary degrees from over 60 universities around the world.

Martha Nussbaum will lecture on themes from her newest work, The Monarchy of Fear. The book, a thorough examination of the current political crisis, focuses on what so many pollsters and pundits have overlooked, a truth at the heart of the problem- the political is always emotional.

Lecture Date:

Thursday, 9/27


St. Cajetan's (Auraria Campus)

101 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204

Co-sponsored by the MSU Denver History Department


In The Margins

Dance Performance and Artist Talk


Join us for In The Margins, an exploration of the complex culture of the Indo-Caribbean diaspora led by sugar bound artist Suchitra Mattai and her sister, Sumitra Mattai. Whether you chose to engage with sugar bound through dance, discussion or both, each participant will come away with a much deeper understanding of the work on view (and maybe some impressive new dance moves). Join us to enjoy one or all of the following components of this unique event:

Date: Friday September 21st  

4:30 pm • Indian Dance Workshop with Sumitra Mattai
6:00 pm • Semi-classical/Bollywood style dance performance by Sumitra Mattai
6:15 pm • Artist talk with Suchitra Mattai, Sumitra Mattai and Jacqueline A.
McLeod, Ph.D., J.D., Professor of History & Africana Studies, MSU Denver

Location: 965 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204

(This event is free and open to the public)


Birdman and Philosophy: Love, Madness and Immortality 

Film & Lecture


Join philosopher Adam Graves as he conducts a post-film discussion to unravel the intricacies of Alejandro Iñárritu's existential Best Picture Oscar Winner. 

Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), a dark and audacious comedy directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, follows the story Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up Hollywood actor famous for having once played a winged superhero, who is now struggling to redeem himself on Broadway by adapting, directing and staring in his own highbrow play. Riggin’s play (that is, the play within the film) is an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s well-known short story, “What We Talk About When we Talk About Love.” But Carver’s short story is itself a modern-day retelling of the Symposium, Plato’s famous dialogue concerning the relation between love, madness, and the winged-soul’s quest for immortality. In this highly acclaimed and multi-layered film, Iñárritu brilliantly—and hilariously—weaves together timeless themes from both Carver and Plato, subverting our expectations and challenging our ordinary assumptions about the meaning of love. 

Adam J. Graves, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at MSU Denver, where has taught courses on ethics, phenomenology and the philosophy of film. His publications focus on questions of selfhood, the theory of interpretation and the nature of human agency. 

Date: October 4th, 7:00pm

Location: 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206

($15 Tickets are availabale here. Free tickets are available for students - email for information)


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