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University of Colorado Denver hosts a free Mini School for the Humanities, starting tonight

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College is expensive -- we all know that -- but we also know there's an exception to every rule. And this exception is indeed exceptional: The University of Colorado Denver, in association with the Anschutz Medical Campus Graduate School, will be hosting a Mini School for the Humanities today through November 20, with free classes every Wednesday. It's a variation on UCD's award-winning Mini Med School. The goal of this new mini-school is "to make people aware of the humanities and their importance," says Inge Wefes, associate dean of CU Denver/Anschutz Graduate School. The program has generated a lot of interest in high schools and among undergraduates, she notes, as well as with senior citizens.

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Tonight's inaugural lecture is "Justice: The History and Future of a Dangerous Idea"; it will be delivered by Chad Kautzer, assistant professor and director of the social justice minor and the Department of Philosophy.

The lecture will revolve around "several theories of justice (e.g. distributive, retributive, recognitive, restorative, etc.), using historical and contemporary examples of their application and the conflicts they have engendered," says Kautzer via e-mail. "Can laws be unjust? Is there a difference between individual and social justice? Do we have a responsibility to enact justice in our communities? How have philosophies of justice, and the social movements they've informed, shaped our society?"

Later lecture topics will include fiction writing from real life, border issues, biological security; they'll all be delivered by CU Denver professors. The free classes are scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday; the lectures will run about fifty minutes, with the remainder of the time devoted to questions and discussion/

As an extra incentive, the school is offering a Certificate of Participation for those who complete at least six classes. Registration is required for that program, which also gets you free parking passes -- but attendance will be taken, Wefes says.

So far about 155 people have signed up; the lectures will be held in room 1130A of the North Classroom Building on the Auraria campus, which can hold around 200 -- so it's not too late to join in. "We know some people can't show up every week, and we also want people to be comfortable, not too cramped," says Wefes.

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