17 episodes

CultureKlatsch, a production of the English and Philosophy Departments at the University of Colorado Denver, extends our conversations about contemporary culture by sharing nuanced, perceptive, philosophical commentary on the content and issues that matter most. The conversations happening on social media and streaming platforms have the ability to point our cultural lenses in a thousand different directions. CultureKlatsch examines the media that are most relevant to the current cultural moment and most likely to emerge in our everyday discussions with friends. We’ll recreate the spontaneous and philosophical conversations that happen in coffee shops while delving deeply into what topical books, television, and movies have to tell us about who we are and what we care most about.

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CultureKlatsch, a production of the English and Philosophy Departments at the University of Colorado Denver, extends our conversations about contemporary culture by sharing nuanced, perceptive, philosophical commentary on the content and issues that matter most. The conversations happening on social media and streaming platforms have the ability to point our cultural lenses in a thousand different directions. CultureKlatsch examines the media that are most relevant to the current cultural moment and most likely to emerge in our everyday discussions with friends. We’ll recreate the spontaneous and philosophical conversations that happen in coffee shops while delving deeply into what topical books, television, and movies have to tell us about who we are and what we care most about.

    Ep 10 - Marketing Mountains: Denver's Urban & Nature Balance

    Ep 10 - Marketing Mountains: Denver's Urban & Nature Balance

    This episode of CultureKlatsch dives into the complex relationship between Denverites and their environment. Specifically, this work explores the dynamic between Colorado's cultural values towards the outdoors versus the actions done to preserve the environment. It looks at the language used to promote "green" culture and the steps being taken (or that have been taken) to show an appreciation for the Rocky Mountains and plains.

    We talk to several CU Denver professors--Dr. Rachel Gross from the History Department, Professor Kirsten Christensen and Dr. Benjamin Crawford from the Environmental Science Department, and Dr. Michelle Comstock from the English Department--for their expert opinion on the concepts of green marketing, environmental rhetoric, and urban sustainability or resilience. We explore the history of environmental consciousness and pursue an understanding in our present-day relationship with our environment.

    References
    Anderson, Corinne. “A Glimpse into Denver’s Sustainable Future.” 303Magazine, 16 March 2021.
    Cammack, Becca., Bekins, Lynn K., & Krug, Allison., “From Concept to Action: Do
    Environmental Regulations Promote Sustainability?” Environmental Rhetoric and Ecologies of Place edited by Peter N. Goggin, 2013, 174-186.
    Christensen, Kirsten. Personal Interview. 2 March 2022.
    City and County of Denver. “Climate Action, Sustainability, & Resiliency.” 2022.
    Comstock, Michelle. Personal Interview. 11 April 2022.
    Crawford, Benjamin. Personal Interview. 16 March 2022.
    Finley, Bruce. “As development eats away at Denver’s green space, the ‘city within a park’ is becoming a concrete metropolis.” The Denver Post, 13 Jan 2019.
    Gross, Rachel. Personal Interview. 16 March 2022.
    Kirsch, Gesa E. “A Land Ethic for Urban Dwellers.” Environmental Rhetoric and Ecologies of Place edited by Peter N. Goggin, 2013, 69-83.
    Kohler, Judith. “How green is Colorado? News report says middling at best.” The Denver Post, 16 April 2021.
    Senda-Cook, Samantha., & Endres, Danielle., “A Place of One’s Own.” Environmental Rhetoric and Ecologies of Place edited by Peter N. Goggin, 2013, 143-154.
    Williams, Deborah. L., & Brandt, Elizabeth. A., “Sense of Place, Identity, and Cultural Continuity in an Arizona Community.” Environmental Rhetoric and Ecologies of Place edited by Peter N. Goggin, 2013, 42-53.

    • 59 min
    Ep. 9 - Gentrification: The Denver Experience

    Ep. 9 - Gentrification: The Denver Experience

    Gentrification: The Denver Experience

    We talk about the history and politics of gentrification here on the CU Denver campus, as well as in the Denver Metro Area. Many news organizations and libraries have documented the ongoing disenfranchisement of the “Displaced Aurarians”—a largely Hispanic neighborhood “relocated” by the Auraria Campus, which houses CU Denver, Metro State University, and Community College of Denver. However, very few news sources have framed that notorious displacement within Denver’s larger culture of gentrification. According to a 2020 study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Denver is the second most gentrified city in the nation, with over 27% of its neighborhoods affected by skyrocketing home prices and rising inequality.

    We first interview two Auraria campus employees: Francine Olivas-Zarate, who is our CU Denver English Department Program Coordinator, and her sister Benita Olivas, who was an advisor and worked in the Women’s Center at the Community College of Denver. Their family members lived on 9th Street Park before the mass displacement by Auraria Higher Education Center in the 1970s, and both have worked on campus near their family’s original home. Second, we interview Dr. Jeremy Nemeth, Professor in CU Denver’s Urban and Regional Planning Department, and Dr. Brian Page, Associate Professor in our Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, about Denver’s history of gentrification and current economic effects on particular neighborhoods. Finally, we interview Laura McKenna, Development Director of HomeAid America, who discusses the impact of gentrification on the growing number of unhoused people in Denver.

    Addition Resources:

    Wells, J., & Abbott, P. (2021). Shameless. Season 11. Episode 2. “Go Home, Gentrifier!”

    Lees, L., Slater, T., & Wyly, E. K. (2011). Gentrification. Routledge.

    Fullilove, M. T., Peterson, C. F., & Bassett, M. T. (2016). Root shock how tearing up city neighborhoods hurts America, and what we can do about it. New Village Press.

    Brian Page & Eric Ross (2017) Legacies of a Contested Campus: Urban Renewal, Community Resistance, and the Origins of Gentrification in Denver, Urban Geography, 38:9, 1293-1328, DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2016.1228420

    Rigolon, A., & Németh, J. (2019). Green gentrification or ‘just green enough’: Do park location, size and function affect whether a place gentrifies or not? Urban Studies, 57(2), 402–420. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098019849380

    Hoyman, M. M., & McCall, J. R. (2010). "Not imminent in my domain!" county leaders' attitudes toward eminent domain decisions. Public Administration Review, 70(6), 885-893. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.aurarialibrary.idm.oclc.org/scholarly-journals/not-imminent-my-dom ain-county-leaders-attitudes/docview/853334132/se-2?accountid=14506

    Hemmat, S. A. (1986). PARKS, PEOPLE, AND PRIVATE PROPERTY: THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND EMINENT DOMAIN. Environmental Law, 16(4), 935–961. http://www.jstor.org/stable/43265779

    https://digital.denverlibrary.org/digital/collection/p15330coll27/search/searchterm/denver.%20city %20council/field/subjec/mode/exact/conn/and

    https://digital.denverlibrary.org/digital/collection/p15330coll6/id/460/rec/42

    https://catalog.denverlibrary.org/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.6&pos=2&cn=612821

    • 42 min
    Ep. 8 - The Portrait of Britney Spears: On Media & Celebrity

    Ep. 8 - The Portrait of Britney Spears: On Media & Celebrity

    We talk about the documentary “The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears,” directed by Samantha Stark. The documentary traces Britney’s rise to stardom and the events that ultimately led to her being placed in a conservatorship, examining the role of the media in the framing of female celebrities.

    We parse out the complexities of the frame with Dr. Rodney Herring. We discuss the lore of celebrity culture and how celebrities are portrayed in traditional and social media, limning the differences between how Britney is portrayed by the tabloids and by The New York Times. We look at some of the arcs of Britney’s portraiture that emerge in the documentary and how she is variously framed, now as a relatable and empowered role model for young people, now a panoramic laughingstock or monetized public meltdown. We consider these portraits along the theme of control in Britney’s mental health, her body and sexuality, and even her own capacity of personhood at the hands of her conservatorship.

    Further Reading:

    Holden, Stephen. "FILM REVIEW; A Britney Spears Vehicle That Bypasses the Bumps." The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/15/movies/film-review-a-britney-spears-vehicle-that-bypasses-the-bumps.html

    Polaschek, Bronwyn. “The dissonant personas of a female celebrity: Amy and the public self of Amy Winehouse.” Celebrity Studies, 9:1, 17-33. https://doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2017.1321490

    Snapes, Laura. “Comrade Britney Spears! Star calls for strike and wealth redistribution.” The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/mar/25/comrade-britney-spears-star-calls-for-strike-and-wealth-redistribution

    Yahr, Emily. “Documentaries are changing public opinion about celebrities — with consequences even the filmmakers didn’t expect.” The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/03/19/celebrity-documentaries/


    The songs you hear on the show are "Belle et Triste" and “Roza Vertov” by Kariatida: freemusicarchive.org/music/Kariatida

    • 54 min
    Ep. 7 - Framing Empathy: Crossing Borders Through Virtual Reality

    Ep. 7 - Framing Empathy: Crossing Borders Through Virtual Reality

    We talk about the virtual reality exhibit “Carne y Arena,” created by filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, which allows us to experience what it’s like to cross the U.S. - Mexico border on foot. During the 20-minute journey, the participant walks along with a group of immigrants, who are based on real people, and the group is confronted by U.S. border patrol officers.

    We speak with Dr. Andrew Scahill, Assistant Professor of Film in the English Department at CU Denver, about the potential for virtual reality to enhance or even transcend the capacity of traditional cinema to create empathy. We each made our solo walk through the desolate sands of the exhibit, joined by Film Studies majors Emilio Marquez and Starz Sanchez, as well as our own Student Assistant Producer Alyssa Haskel. We share our individual versions of the experience and consider how VR can go “beyond the frame” in how it elicits very real emotional reactions to virtual representations, constantly compelling the participant to shift between spectating and interacting directly with the narrative.

    Further reading:

    About “Carne y Arena” https://carne-y-arena.com/

    Gleiberman, Owen. “Cannes Virtual Reality Review: Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s ‘Carne y Arena’.” Variety. https://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/carne-y-arena-review-alejandro-g-inarritu-1202438293/

    Sehgal, Parul. “A Mother and Son, Fleeing for Their Lives Over Treacherous Terrain.” (Review of ‘American Dirt’). The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/books/review-american-dirt-jeanine-cummins.html


    The songs you hear on the show are "Belle et Triste" and “Roza Vertov” by Kariatida: freemusicarchive.org/music/Kariatida

    • 47 min
    Ep. 6 - No, Thanks: The Aimless Female Antihero

    Ep. 6 - No, Thanks: The Aimless Female Antihero

    We talk about the series 'Fleabag,' written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge. We discuss the title character as a comedic anti-hero who acts against the normative understanding of femininity in the 21st century. We examine the structure of the show, which begins as a raunchy comedy and evolves into an exploration of grief and forgiveness. We also explore the show’s relationship with contemporary feminism and the demands it makes of women.

    We’re joined by doctors Sarah Hagelin and Gillian Silverman, Associate Professors of English at CU Denver, as well as CU Denver students Brittney Finley, Alyssa Haskel, and Kamesh Saba.

    Further reading:

    Bastow, Clem. “Fleabag’s feminist rethinking of tired screenwriting tools.” The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/fleabags-feminist-rethinking-of-tired-screenwriting-tools-121104

    Jones, Alice. “How ‘Fleabag’ Sold Thousands of Jumpsuits and Made Religion Sexy.” The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/16/arts/television/fleabag-phoebe-waller-bridge-uk.html

    The songs you hear on the show are "Belle et Triste" and “Roza Vertov” by Kariatida: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kariatida

    • 57 min
    Ep. 5 - Poetry & Action

    Ep. 5 - Poetry & Action

    In our season two premiere, we welcome new co-host Sarah Tyson and discuss John Murillo's book 'Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry.' Murillo joins us for an interview on his timely new collection of poetry that puts on display the visceral truth of the lived experiences of Black and Latino communities facing police brutality. We also hear from CU Denver students, who offer a rich and introspective response to the poems that speak to the history of police brutality in our country.

    Further reading:

    Grigsby Bates, Karen and Anjuli Sastry. “When LA Erupted In Anger: A Look Back At The Rodney King Riots.” NPR. https://www.npr.org/2017/04/26/524744989/when-la-erupted-in-anger-a-look-back-at-the-rodney-king-riots

    Nodjimbadem, Katie. “The Long, Painful History of Police Brutality in the U.S.” Smithsonian Magazine. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-painful-history-police-brutality-in-the-us-180964098/

    Mapping Police Violence. https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/

    The songs you hear on the show are "Belle et Triste" and “Roza Vertov” by Kariatida: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kariatida

    • 44 min

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