Exploring terrorism at the CELL with Governor Ritter

Larry Mizel, left, with Bill and Jeannie Ritter at the CELL

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter watched silently as the busy 16th Street Mall street scene around him exploded into flames.

Thankfully, this was not a real-life catastrophe transpiring on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, but part of the new Center for Empowered Living and Learning (the CELL), a non-profit multimedia exhibit exploring global terrorism. The CELL, based in the Denver Civic Center Cultural Complex across from the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building at 99 West 12th Avenue, opens to the public on September 2 (tickets cost $6 for Colorado residents and $4.50 for Colorado students and seniors), but during the Convention VIPs are getting private tours of the first-of-its kind museum and its permanent exhibit, “Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: Understanding the Threat of Terrorism” – and today those VIPs included Governor Ritter, his wife Jeannie and two of their sons.

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Joel Warner is a former staff writer for Westword and International Business Times. He's also written for WIRED, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, Slate, Grantland and many other publications. He's co-author of the 2014 book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, published by Simon & Schuster.
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