Happy American Artist Appreciation Month!

August is the month when we celebrate American Artists, and today’s feature is Irene Miller Stein.


Irene Stein worked as professional artist well into her 90s, seen here at age 94 looking through one of her glass pieces. She worked in many different media and styles, from art-deco in the 1920s and 1930s to modern, abstract sculptures and computer generated art in the 1970s and 1980s.


Irene Miller (Mrs. Azriel) Stein was born in Denver, Colorado in 1894 to Anna and Robert Lazar Miller, both pioneers of Denver’s Jewish community.


She attended the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1921 she married Azriel Stein, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1896 and moved to Denver with his family at the age of 14. Azriel ”Azie” Stein, and his brother-in-law Joe Peterman (Sophie Miller’s husband), founded, owned, and operated Pencol Drug Store on the corner of Pennsylvania Street and Colfax Avenue in Denver. Irene and Azriel’s son Stanley was born in 1928. Azriel Stein died in 1976.


Stein worked in many different mediums over her career including printmaking, glass and metal sculpture. Here she is welding at age 84.

Check out more about Irene Miller Stein in the DU Archives and the Rocky Mountain Jewish History on the Facebook page.

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Baking in this Heat and Summer Nostalgia: August Book Displays

Happy Summer!

Summer is wrapping up, so it is time to take a book outside, sit back, and relax before you head back to school. Whether you’re already missing summer or you’re looking for some ways to get creative in the kitchen, we’ve got a great selection of books for you. Stop by our book displays on the main floor of Anderson Academic Commons and have a look for yourself or explore the online books and films you can access from home!

We also have great new DVD displays out on the third floor. Have a look!

Baking in This Heat

It might feel like it’s hot enough to bake cookies on the hood of your car, but you’ll probably do better following the recipes in these awesome cookbooks! Whether you’re trying to recreate your grandmother’s favorite recipe, attempting to cut down on sugar, or just wanting to try something new, there’s definitely a recipe for you! Bake an amazing birthday cake, some delicious bread, or a batch of delightful cookies for your pool party or picnic! Flip through some of these wonderful cookbooks and find an exciting baking project for that next afternoon you just can’t brave the heat outside!


Nostalgia and Longing

Got that summertime, summertime sadness – Nostalgia is a weird feeling. Isn’t it strange how a song, a smell, a taste or a photo can trigger a sense of longing? You may find yourself longing for a place, a person, a time, a sport or a combination of a few. Explore this book display for stories and themes of nostalgia and longing.

Want to find out more about the books that are on display and previous book displays? All of it can be found in our Celebrating Books & More Guide.

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Festival Caravan

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You are invited to the annual meeting, exhibit reception, and
film premiere of

Festival Caravan

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Special Event Room (AAC 290)
Anderson Academic Commons at the University of Denver
2150 E. Evans Ave, Denver, 80210
Parking is available for $1.50 per hour at pay to park locations indicated in green on this campus map.

Festival Caravan

6 pm: Festival Caravan exhibit, reception with food and drink, and premiere of  documentary.

 Come explore a former Denver tradition called Festival Caravan!

Henry Lowenstein and the Bonfils Theatre produced Festival Caravan from 1973 to 1985 as an outdoor summer series performed on a portable stage that traveled to various Denver parks. The goal of Festival Caravan was to expose Denver residents to diverse performing arts and cross cultural divides within Denver neighborhoods. The documentary includes interviews with David, Daniel, and Josh Lowenstein, Cleo Parker Robinson, Frederick Glick (former Bonfils stage hand), Buddy Butler (former Bonfils director), and Tony Garcia (Artistic Director of Su Teatro).

The Festival Caravan exhibit is on display beginning June 15 through November 2017 on the lower level of the Anderson Academic Commons.

 Please reserve at
by June 12.

 Support the CBG Dance Library online at library.du.edu/give or mail a check to
Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library, 2150 E. Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210.

 Learn more about the dance library.

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Faculty End of Year Book Return

End of Year Book Return Drive

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Money Smart Week 2017 – Free Events

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Sharpen your financial literacy skills and attend free sessions being offered as part of Money Smart Week 2017, April 27 & 28 in the Anderson Academic Commons.

Events include

  • Salary & Offer Negotiation*
  • The Financial Reality Experience
  • HERStory Panel of Empowerment*
  • Financial Investing – A Simple Road to Wealth*

Full details can be found on the library’s Money Smart Week website.

Chance to win one $50 gift card to the DU Bookstore at 3 events (must be present to win). Provided by: usbank

Enjoy snacks at each session!
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All events are FREE and open to all DU undergraduate and graduate students.

Unless otherwise indicated, all events are in the Anderson Academic Commons. Full details can be found on the library’s Money Smart Week website.

University Libraries, Daniels College of Business, DU Bursar’s Office, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, and US Bank have joined to bring free financial literacy events to campus from April 27 to April 28.

Hope to see you there!

Money Smart Week is a national initiative of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and American Library Association. More about this program can be found at www.moneysmartweek.org.

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AAC Student Services Fair – 4/25

Explore the World of AAC Student Services

Buckle up for the Spring Quarter and join us to navigate your way through the Research, Technology, and Learning Support resources available at Anderson Academic Commons. Grab a snack at each station as you explore which services can help your quarter be a success. Whether you need tutoring, assistance with technology, or help with your upcoming research paper, we’re here to help.

Who: Undergraduate and Graduate Students

When: Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 3-5pm

Where: Anderson Academic Commons

What: A showcase of student-centered services offered in the areas of Research, Technology, and Learning Support.

There are plenty of resources available to students in the AAC, from math and science tutoring to computer help to research assistance. No matter where you are as a student, from expert to novice, we’re here to support you!

Participating Service Centers include:

  • Research
    • Special Collections and Archives
    • Research Center
    • Writing Center
  • Technology
    • Digital Media Center
    • Lending Desk
    • University Technology Services
  • Learning Support
    • Math Center
    • Science and Engineering Center
    • Language Center
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Extraordinary Jewish Colorado Women

Since the inception of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 1985, 152 women have been inducted into the exclusive circle.  Four of these trail-blazing women are represented in the Beck Archives collection and will also be featured in an exhibit  that celebrates all of the inductees of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.  Spread across three locations on the University of Denver campus, the exhibit will run until June 26, 2017 in the Anderson Academic CommonsBonfils Stanton Music Library & Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women.


Frances Wisebart Jacobs

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Featured in the Anderson Academic Commons

Frances Wisebart Jacobs earned the appellation of “ Denver’s Mother of Charities” for her extensive work with local charities, and she established the first free kindergarten in Denver for children of the working poor. The National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives sanatorium, today’s National Jewish Health facility, was originally named after her in recognition of the pivotal role she played in its founding. Frances was also one of the initial three founders of the Denver Charity Organization Society, which became the United Way. Her many philanthropic contributions were recognized in the Colorado State Capitol rotunda, where her portrait in stained-glass is featured among ten of our state pioneers, and she is the only woman so honored. She is also represented in the National Women’s Hall of Fame.


Fannie Lorber

Fannie Lorber

Featured in the Anderson Academic Commons

Fannie Lorber co-founded The Denver Sheltering Home for Jewish Children in 1907 to care for children whose parents were victims of tuberculosis. These children, whose parents were ill, were often left to fend for themselves. As needs changed, the focus of the institution did as well, and it evolved into a facility for caring for children with respiratory illnesses. The Denver Sheltering Home later was renamed the National Home for Asthmatic Children and eventually merged with National Jewish Hospital. “The Mother of Hundreds” was the president of the organization until her death in 1958.


Golda Meir (standing) with her sister Shana, niece Judy and brother-in-law Sam Korngol

Golda Meir

Featured in the Bonfils Stanton Music Library

Golda Meir immigrated to the US from Russia, and settled with her family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When her parents attempted to stop Golda from attending high school and tried to marry her off instead, Golda ran away from home to live with her married sister in Denver, where she could continue her education. Golda attended North Denver High School and helped with her brother-in-law’s business, the Wisconsin Cleaning and Processing Works. In 1914, she returned to her parents’ home in Milwaukee on the promise she would be allowed to continue her education. A Democratic Socialist and Zionist, after she married, she and her husband, whom she had met in Denver, moved to Tel Aviv. There she became very politically prominent, and she eventually becoming the 4th prime minister of Israel.


From left to right: Minnie S. Harris, Miriam Goldberg, Amelia Shepco and Dorothy Lee Goldberg (front).

Miriam Goldberg

Featured in the Anderson Academic Commons

Miriam (Harris) Goldberg was born May 18, 1916, in Chicago, but she was raised in Colorado and graduated from Denver East High School. Her father immigrated to Colorado in the late 19th century, served as postmaster in Cripple Creek in the 1890s, and owned a coal company after moving to Denver. On Feb. 12, 1936, Miriam married Max Goldberg in Denver at the Beth HaMedrosh Hagodol Synagogue. Max Goldberg purchased the Intermountain Jewish News in 1943 and upon his death in 1972, Miriam Goldberg capably succeeded her late husband at the helm of the IJN as publisher. The paper continues to bring national news to the local population even after her death earlier this year.

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