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Upcoming Cool Courses

Fall 2021

  • ENG 2820 online - Aviation in Film and Literature with Dr. James Aubrey: In this new General Studies course you will study how ideas about flight with air craft from biplanes to drones fit into American popular culture. The focus will be on selected films such as Dr Strangelove and Top Gun and selected books such as Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Your guide will be Dr. Jim Aubrey, former Air Force intelligence officer.

  • ENG 2850 online - International Film: This General Studies course fulfills the Global Designation; you get to screen films from Italy, France, Germany, China, India, Japan, Iran, and Senegal among other countries.

  • ENG 3112 online - Early World Literature with Dr. Pam Troyer: Literature meets archaeology in ENG 3112. The ancient/medieval stories of this course survived volcanos, terrorists, and genocide. Copies of them were ransomed for gold, hidden in caves, and written by prisoners. World culture is built on what survived. ENG 3112 fulfills early history, global diversity, and upper division literature credits.

  • ENG 3725 hybrid - Gender in American Film with Prof. Rebecca O'Neill: This course examines Mainstream American Film’s messages– coded and overt – to film goers about Gender. Tracing American Film from origins to present day, this course explores how gender norms were established and subverted through decades.

  • ENG 3770 online - Multicultural Cinema with Dr. Chereka Dickerson: Counts as the University Multicultural credit. The course will cover four areas: African-American, Asian-American, Latinx-American, and Native-American films.

  • ENG 4115 on-campus, MW 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Hip Hop and Literature with Dr. Chereka Dickerson: In hip hop and literature we investigate social influences on African American cultural productions like literature and hip hop.  We consider the mutually influential relationship between the two art forms and their place within black culture.

  • ENG 3465 hybrid with on-campus Thurs., 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Anti-racist Children's Lit with Dr. Craig Svonkin: We explore a wide array of inclusive, anti-oppressive and anti-xenophobic children's literature, using a variety of cultural, historical, ideological, and aesthetic lenses. This course fulfills the University's Arts and Humanities General Studies and Multicultural credits.

  • ENG 362B hybrid with on-campus Tues., 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Monster Theory with Dr. Wendolyn Weber: We explore questions of identity and difference, the unknown and terrifying, through the concept of monstrousness. Critical and theoretical texts provide the foundation to our study of literary, filmic, and graphic texts from a variety of contexts. This course fulfills theory and upper division literature credits.

  • ENG 382A on-campus TR 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  - Subjective and Objective Poetry with Prof. Rene Ruderman: In this class, we will be writing poetry, reading poetry, and performing poetry. Join us for a totally immersive experience in playing with language.

  • ENG 4137 Chinua Achebe online with Dr. Jeff Taylor: In this authorship course, we study the works of Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. Applying a postcolonial theoretical lens we dive into the canon of this influential author. This course fulfills authorship, global diversity, and upper division literature credits.

  • ENG 39AY online - Star Wars with Dr. Vincent Piturro: Cover the Universe from Episodes I–IX as well as Clone Wars and The Mandalorian. Screen and discuss all of the films and episodes through a critical lens.

  • ENG 312B on-campus, MW 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Black Lives in Literature and Film with Dr. Chereka Dickerson: Black autobiographical and biographical texts that center Black folk and their life experiences. Texts for study are both literary and filmic representations of Black lives. Black voices on the page and screen. This course fulfills multiethnic diversity and upper division literature credits.

  • ENG 463G online - Scorsese with Dr. Vincent Piturro: Cover much of the great director’s career from his first feature through the present. Films include Mean Streets, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Kundun, and more.


Book Signing and Film Screening of Arrival

The book: The Science of Sci-Fi Cinema

Thursday, September 30
Book signing at 6 p.m. and film at 7 p.m.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Dr. Vincent Piturro, Dr. Kachun Yu, and Dr. Andrew Pantos will be on hand to sign the book and then lead the discussion.





A Day with Author Ellen Byron

Ellen Byron

Saturday, October 9, 10 am – 3 pm

Tivoli 320 ABC

Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty awards for Best Humorous Mystery. She writes the Catering Hall Mystery series, under the name Maria DiRico, and will debut the Vintage Cookbook Mysteries (as Ellen) in June 2022. Ellen is an award-winning playwright and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like Wings, Just Shoot Me, and Fairly Odd Parents. She has written over two hundred articles for national magazines but considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart. She blogs with Chicks on the Case, is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, and will be the 2023 Left Coast Crime Toastmaster.

MSU Denver students attend free! 

Cost: $15; Two workshops plus choice of a boxed lunch.

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Questions? Please email Dr. Cynthia Kuhn ( or Sisters in Crime-Colorado President Francelia Belton (

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