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Featured Courses - Spring 2015

ANTH 4000/5000 Topics: Spring Term 2015 – Museum Anthropology In the 21st Century

Instructors: Dr. Chip Colwell, Dr. Michele Koons, Dr. Steve Nash at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for the Department of Anthropology, CU Denver.

Wednesday 1:00–4:00 pm, Africa Station, Denver Museum of Nature & Science. 2001 Colorado Blvd.

What is the future of museums in the 21st century?

In this course you will explore why museums matter in today’s world from the perspective of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the fourth largest natural history museum in the U.S. This course will serve students of Anthropology, Art History, Communications, Education, Ethnic Studies, History, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Women’s & Gender Studies and public interest.

We will examine in detail topics ranging from the history of museums to current educational programming, from major construction and exhibition projects to the repatriation of human remains, from the challenges to community museums and issues of difficult heritage to fundraising and ethical concerns. Guest speakers will join us to make this a comprehensive course. All classes will be held at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science every Wednesday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Africa Station, Denver Museum of Nature & Science. 2001 Colorado Blvd.​​

For further course information contact: Dr. Christopher S. Beekman, Associate Professor/ Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Denver, office: 303-556-6040, email:

To Register for academic credit towards a degree: It is up to your department to first approve the course for your degree. The course will be listed in ISIS under Continuing Education ANTH 4000 Section 501 and ANTH 5000 Section 501

To Apply and Register for academic credit go to: Select either Undergraduate or Graduate Non-Degree for career status.

To Apply and Register for continuing education units go to:​ and select Continuing and Professional Education. Look for course NCCL 0001 Section 501.​