The Audit Podcast: From Matthew Shepard to CSU’s first (and last) male homecoming queen, the Queer Memory Project archives Northern Colorado’s LGBTQ+ history

The educational research effort is currently collecting artifacts, historical documents and personal stories as part of an online archive to preserve Northern Colorado’s LGBTQ+ past.

Professor Usama Alshaibi’s new film explores trauma and healing

When Teaching Associate Professor Usama Alshaibi isn’t showing students how to make films, directing the Through the Student Lens Film Festival, or winning this year’s Faculty Excellence: 14’er Award, he’s making new films himself. His newest film, Soon, is a short documentary about his experience as a child who survived war in the Middle East. […]

Professor Nick Marx weighs in on the return of sketch comedy

Nick Marx interviewed by the CBC on resurgence of sketch comedy television In a recent Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) article covering the return of the popular Canadian sketch comedy show Kids in the Hall, which originally aired in the 90s, Marx explained, “The rise of social media and YouTube has made it tougher for new […]

In the news: Professor Nick Marx’s new book

Earlier this month, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Nick Marx’s new book, That’s Not Funny: How the Right Makes Comedy Work for Them, coauthored with Boston College Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Department Matt Sienkiewicz, was published by University of California Press. (Our blog post about the book can be found […]

Professor Karrin Vasby Anderson interviewed on the NCA Podcast

Karrin Vasby Anderson interviewed on the National Communication Association Podcast: “Tips for Getting Published in an Academic Journal” On May 16, 2022, the National Communication Association interviewed Professor Karrin Vasby Anderson on their podcast. In the episode, “Tips for Getting Published in an Academic Journal,” Anderson helps “to answer common questions related to successfully preparing […]

“The Refractive Comic: Nanette and Comedy From Inside Identity”

Kiah Bennett’s paper published in Television & New Media Ph.D. student Kiah Bennett has published the paper “The Refractive Comic: Nanette and Comedy From Inside Identity” in Television & New Media. Abstract: This essay theorizes a millennial-era iteration of stand-up comedy: refractive comedy. Through close textual analysis of Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette (2018), I argue refractive […]

Student film festival starts new annual tradition 

The Through the Student Lens Film Festival—the first and only film festival created for CSU students and alumni—got its start just as the pandemic forced festivals and events all over the world to go virtual. Thankfully the festival’s founder, Teaching Associate Professor and professional filmmaker Usama Alshaibi, chose to persevere. With the help of dedicated student volunteers and staff, Through the Student Lens (TSL) hosted its first in-person premiere on April 21, 2022 in Eddy Hall.