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CU to open a minicollege here

Sarah S. Chung

The University of Colorado will open a temporary campus in Aspen next week.

In a monthlong “minicollege,” professors from three of CU’s four campuses will be in Aspen to share the fruits of their academic pursuits.

“The concept is that we wanted to utilize the university’s resources for the benefit of the whole state,” said CU President John Buechner. “We thought Aspen would have a receptive intellectual audience and we expect it will go over very well. And why not? You’ll be getting the best we’ve got.”

Buechner hopes to stretch CU’s reach to parts of Colorado that don’t enjoy a campus nearby.

Local lectures touch on a range of topics, from medical issues and Freud to anthropology.

“The subjects should appeal to many interests,” Buechner said. “Aspen is a pilot program, so evaluating its success and feedback, we hope to do this a couple times a year in different parts of the state.”

Aside from Aspen’s brainy reputation, the city was chosen because CU wanted to start the tour on the Western Slope, a region that hasn’t benefited as much as the Front Range in terms of CU-sponsored activities. In addition, Buechner wanted to capitalize on CU’s affiliation with the Given Institute, a local think tank which focuses its classes primarily in the field of health sciences but also offers a few cultural and academic courses.

“We want to extend the boundaries of the university to the four corners of the state,” Buechner said.

The minicollege will feature five courses, all on Tuesdays, at the Given Institute from Feb. 2 to March 2. Each evening will begin with a dessert reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the evening’s lecture at 7 p.m.

The lecture series will include: “How does the immune system know what it knows?,” Feb. 2; “Freud and his critics: Why all the brouhaha?,” Feb. 9; “Evolutionary theory: How do we know Darwin was right?,” Feb. 16; “Stress and coping experiment in self-care,” Feb. 23; and “Can the dead tell us how they lived? How do we know they are telling us the truth,” March 2.

All the courses will be free and open to the public. For more information or to register call (800)-228-4357.


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