Case Studies

Kobe Bryant’s past – a tweet too soon?

WHAT: On January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant, a former professional basketball player, died at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash in the Los Angeles area along with nine other people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. They were on their way from Orange County to Thousand Oaks to participate in a tournament basketball game at Mamba Sports Academy. 

An intimate look into the challenges of interfaith marriage

(Names have been changed to protect the families’ privacy.)

Religious holidays, wedding planning, and raising kids can all be uncomfortable situations for couples who observe different religious traditions. Intercultural marriage has become increasingly popular throughout the United States, and although many secular Americans welcome this rise in interreligious unions, several of these marriages encounter unique challenges and complications. 

Recent elections in India

Results from India’s general elections held from April 11 to May 19 were released a few days ago providing a triumphant victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and his right-leaning Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This marks one of the largest re-elections India has experienced in several years. The country — home to over 1.3 billion people — makes up the world’s largest democracy, with approximately 900 million eligible voters. Elections occurred across seven federally administered territories and 29 states.

Understanding ISIS through a media and communications lens with Kareem El Damanhoury

Graphic by Lauren Zurcher

ISIS has recently reappeared in breaking news headlines following the April 21, 2019 Sri Lanka attacks, which killed approximately 257 people. Kareem El Damanhoury, PhD, from Georgia State University, visited the University of Denver to give a talk about conceptualizing the ISIS phenomenon and analyzing its relation to media.

Jeanette Vizguerra: Immigration activist and national leader

Jeanette Vizguerra is an immigration activist currently living in sanctuary at the First Unitarian Society of Denver. Although she has been living in the U.S. for 23 years, she faces a constant battle against deportation since February 2009 when she was caught driving without a driver’s license. The first thing she was asked when pulled over was whether she was in the country illegally; she was arrested on site for being a Mexican immigrant. A mother, she now lives an isolated life away from her children. 

BlacKkKlansman screenwriter Kevin Willmott makes an appearance at DU

Theatrical release poster

Kevin Willmott, one of the screenwriters for the award-winning movie BlacKkKlansmanvisited the University of Denver last week for a Q&A following a showing of the film. Willmott shared his perspective on his experience with the movie, as well as personal input on issues it raises.

Is the University of Denver missing out on the “American college football experience”?

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Photo by Lauren Zurcher

College sports play a significant role in the United States. A survey conducted by Harris Interactive reports that around 47 percent of Americans follow college sports. Many people view college football as the most important sports activity in America. According to research led by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the most popular sport amongst spectators is men’s college football. In every state across the nation, the greatest teams play in stadiums that can hold well over 100,000.