School's out, but the University of Denver is very busy these days. It's hunting for a new mascot to replace Denver Boone, the once-official Disney character that was banned in 1998, brought back unofficially in 2008, and banished for good this year. And now it also has to come up with a new name fo ... More >>
Although St. Patrick's Day is over, the partying doesn't have to stop. This week, you can see a documentary about ending poverty, catch a sketch comedy show, or participate in a community scrapbooking project (and eat cookies). And all of these events are free, so you won't have to shell out any gre ... More >>
When we last caught up with Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff, the founders of the homegrown PeaceJam, they were on their way to Guatamela, to spend December 21, 2012 -- that important date on the Mayan calendar -- with Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Mayan elders and hundreds of indigen ... More >>
No one could have predicted that all the wacky doomsday predictions tied to the Mayan calendar and December 21, 2012 would mark a new beginning for PeaceJam, the homegrown effort that links Nobel Peace Prize winners with kids, teaching them how to make a difference in the world. But assuming the wor ... More >>
In the immediate aftermath of the Aurora theater shooting, President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney backed off politics for a few days. But the pair are back to going after each other hammer and tongs, as are their supporters -- like a group in Idaho that pr ... More >>
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma is currently in Thailand, her first international trip in 24 years. Suu Kyi spent much of the past two decades under a house arrest enforced by the ruling military junta, which has since been replaced. Now freed, Suu Kyi has been elected to Parliament. The ... More >>
Mairead Corrigan Maguire, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work in Northern Ireland, has pulled out of the twelfth World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates that starts Monday in Chicago. "That's what happens when you don't hold your big Nobel events in Denver!," jokes Dawn Engle, a founde ... More >>
Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize winner.The five-part "Women, War & Peace" spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones. Part two of this series, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, features 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee and her work in organizing the women of Liberia to unite, ul ... More >>
Rigoberta Menchu TumThe Biennial of the Americas is in full swing, and at the "Americas Roundtable on Women: Drivers of the New Economy," on July 7, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu Tum eloquently summed up the goal of the event when she declared, "I believe that women should be ... More >>
Rigoberta Menchú Tum.Rigoberta Menchú Tum, winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, visited two at-risk Denver communities yesterday, not to preach peace but to preach "harmony." For Menchú Tum and Mayan spiritual teachers Don Pedro Yac Noj and Doña Faviana Cochoy Alva, who are traveling wi ... More >>
Bradlee ArendtRigoberta Menchu.Kate Power is one of the few people who can say that her job is "never boring." Power works at PeaceJam, the Arvada-based non-profit that collaborates with Nobel Peace Prize winners to teach kids how to foster peace around the world. "The kids really value tha ... More >>
It's been quite a year for PeaceJam, the homegrown organization that uses Nobel Peace Prize winners to empower kids to fight for peace around the globe. But the challenges of the past year -- including a major restructuring and a new PeaceJam office -- are nothing compared to what 2012 might ... More >>
Courtesy of the White House"The Republicans can't blast me for doing this, can they?"These days, pretty much everything President Barack Obama does is criticized by someone or other. But his detractors will have to work overtime to fault him for his decision regarding the money he received f ... More >>
The five hand-painted guitars signed by ten Nobel Peace Prize winners that will be auctioned off on eBay today are truly for the man who has everything -- although "that's not true until they buy one of the guitars!," points out Ivan Suvanjieff, the founder of PeaceJam, the organization that ... More >>
Yesterday was a long day in Idledale, the tiny town in the foothills where Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff put up their feet when they're not pounding the pavement on behalf of PeaceJam, the non-profit they founded over a dozen years ago that links up youth from around the world with Nobel Pea ... More >>
I am back from the front lines of the kiddie porn wars with some shocking news: The prosperous, sprawling suburbs of Douglas County conceal a steamy underbelly of underage sexual exhibitionism. Youth are being exploited right and left. Usually by each other. Sexting -- the insidious, techno ... More >>
Blue Moon: Not the best beer for solving a national crisis.If the pundits are to be believed, the entirety of our country's centuries-old racial upheaval will be solved today with the cracking open of a couple cold ones. After President Barack Obama ignited a fiery national debate on race re ... More >>
Sure, Denver hosted the Democratic National Convention in August 2008, filling the town with bold names and high hopes. Still, for sheer exuberance and truly Nobel intentions, it didn't top the tenth anniversary celebration of PeaceJam, which in September 2006 brought a dozen Nobel Peace Prize winne ... More >>
"The Underdog" Ga Ga Ga Ga Spoon This one goes out the entire National League. My brain is hopelessly and disproportionately dedicated to baseball at the moment, sorry. Hearing this song first thing in the morning guarantees that I will be humming Spoon for the rest of the day. The little Austin ban ... More >>
Here's a brief look at a few of the items Americans are desperate to learn about today: Ann Coulter Ann Coulter shows that there’s no thought too stupid for her to voice. This time, she’s said that Judaism needs to be discarded and that Jews need to accept Christ in order to be perfected. Ann, ... More >>
From the week of 8/16/2007
Colorado's Nobel Peace Prize nominees rock harder than Bono.
Up in Arvada, there's an intense interest in who will win the Nobel Peace Prize each year. That's because PeaceJam, the international organization dedicated to linking Nobel Peace Prize winners with kids to teach them how to improve their communities, their countries, the world, is based in that 'bu ... More >>
Some very Nobel intentions pay off.
Go, Broncos! Promoting peace is serious business.
Love thy neighbor
Matt Fecher brings the sound of music to Fairplay.
"This PeaceJam is amazing," my friend said. "I was just hearing about them on Colorado Public Radio." She'd been hearing about them from me for months -- since last November, when I interviewed founders Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff, and wrote about how PeaceJam would mark its tenth anniversary b ... More >>
In just two months, change starts here. In Denver. No joke.
Look out, Cherry Hills: The world's coming to Denver.
Alan Clements uses Spiritually Incorrect to skewer modern hype.
The PeaceJam outreach continues in a new book.
May 13-19, 1999
November 12 - 18, 1998
How a couple of "average, flawed people" are jammin' till the jam is through.