Campus Events

Tickets available now or 801-355-ARTS (2787)

The Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah presents “An Evening with Sandra Cisneros” hosted by KUER’s Doug Fabrizio, producer and host of RadioWest, at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public but tickets are required.

Tickets will be made available Monday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m. at or 801-355-ARTS (2787). Limit is two per person. Cisneros will discuss the Chicana literary movement, her writing and the influence of her heritage on her work. She will read excerpts from her books, including her recent memoir “A House of My Own: Stories From My Life.”

Mondays | 5:15 p.m.
Wednesdays | 12:05 p.m. (Begins Feb. 1)
Fridays | 8:05 a.m. (Begins Feb. 1)

Eccles Health Sciences Library, Garden Level

Join us for free 50 minute yoga sessions from January-April 2017 on Mondays, *Wednesdays and Fridays (beginning on Feb. 1), on the Garden Level, Eccles Health Sciences Library.

Drop by for one event or attend all of the free yoga events. Please bring your own mat. If you forget your mat, we have three mats available for check out at the front desk.

Please send us feedback here.

Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

Spring 2017 Presidents Day – No classes will be held.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

ASUU elections campaigning begins today. For more information, email Chase Grover at

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 | 12:15 p.m.
Marriott Library, Faculty Center

The interdisciplinary Sustainability Faculty Learning Community meets on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Join us for practice and discussion about integrating the big ideas of sustainability into your courses and academic endeavors. The Sustainability Faculty Learning Community is a joint initiative of the Sustainability Office and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. Faculty, teaching assistants, and staff are welcome. This month, Brian Codding, assistant professor in anthropology and Sustainability Teaching Scholar will share exercises, strategies, and activities he uses to integrate sustainability into his courses.

Please RSVP.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 | 2:30 p.m.
Union Theatre

The Center for Student Wellness is hosting three forums around sexual violence prevention beginning next Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Union Theatre. Our first topic is “A Close Up On Consent and its Gray Areas.”

This will be a discussion-based educational event where we will have students explore areas of consent that are less commonly acknowledged. Our goal is to increase students’ knowledge and confidence in defining consent, how to ask for consent, how to give consent and when consent is needed (e.g., navigating difficult topics like consent and alcohol, verbal vs. non-verbal).

Future forums will cover Bystander Intervention (March 21) and Campus/advocacy Resources (April 19). Time and location will remain the same.

Tuesday, Feb. 21-Thursday, Feb. 23 | 7 p.m. nightly
Kingsbury Hall

Outdoor Adventures is hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at Kingsbury Hall Feb. 21-23, 2017.

General public: $14
Students with UCard: $12

Different films will be screened each night, click here to see the film descriptions and selections for each evening,

To learn more about Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, visit the official website.

Tickets are available at Kingsbury Hall ticket office 801-581-7100, REI-Salt Lake and at Outdoor Adventures.

Bench-to-Bedside workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 | 6-9:30 p.m.
Eccles Health Sciences Library

Get ready for the upcoming Bench to Bedside competition in this competition prep workshop.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 | 7-8 p.m.
Natural History Museum of Utah

National Geographic emerging explorer, Caleb Harper has taken the forefront of futuristic farming as the leader of a diverse group of engineers, architects, and scientists in the exploration and development of future food systems. As the climate changes and water becomes scarce in many parts of the world, growing enough food to feed a growing population will be a challenge. Harper is working to solve this problem by using technology to re-envision the way we grow our food and move farms into our cities. Join Harper in imagining a world in which food can be farmed from anywhere via a personal food computer, and your plants can send you a tweet when you’re away to tell you how they’re doing. Hear how it’s all possible.

Campus Recreation Services Rec Day 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Eccles Student Life Center

Join us for our annual Rec Day at the Student Life Center. Stop by from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for some informal recreation, free fitness classes, free swag, great prizes and some treats.

Come try your hand at everything from pickeball demos and FIFA 17 on XBOX 1 to the WIBIT aqua obstacle course and a three-point contest.  First 200 people to try at least three activities will get an awesome Campus Rec retro tee.

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
College of Law, Moot Courtroom

What are police for? This topic has become a searing one over the last two years. Most people think the primary function of police is to address crime, but the reality is the decades of research finds little support for this popular idea. In fact, until recently, few believed that police made a substantial difference in the crime rate. What we do know is that the relationship that police have with the public is an important barometer of the public’s relationship with the state, and we know that police officers play a critical role in conveying important information to members of the public about their role and status as citizens. This lecture will explain the theory behind this idea and new empirical research that highlights not only the nature of the relationship that individuals have with legal authorities but also how the nature of that relationship implicates how we understand one another.

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2017 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Union, Room 311

Actively Moving Forward presents grief survival tips and what has helped real students survive grief while in school.

Grief sucks, but maybe these tips can make it suck a little less.

Visit for more information.

University of Utah Intramural Sports 3-Point Competition
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 | 6-8 p.m.
Eccles Student Life Center

Drop in and compete in the annual 3-point competition on Thursday, Feb. 23.  The event is FREE and the top two finalists will compete at half time of the Utah vs. Cal Men’s Basketball game on March 2.

Register early at or drop in.

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 12-1:15 p.m.
Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-B), College of Social Work

Sexuality is often a taboo subject when discussing older adults, yet it is an important aspect of relationships as we age. Being in a committed relationship has been shown to have health benefits. Presenter Kristin Hodson will discuss ways to maintain healthy relationships and sexuality throughout the aging process. This event is free and open to the public.

Please direct inquiries to Linda Mendenhall at

Mandatory pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 | 5 p.m.
Trip: Friday, Feb. 24–Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
St. George, UT

Cost: $120 + Tax ($30 non-refundable when registering).

February is the perfect time to head south while the winter is still in full force for some rock climbing in southern Utah. It doesn’t  matter if this is your first time climbing or you have a long history of it, this trip will be a great time for everybody. We will spend two days climbing routes of all difficulty in the beautiful climbing areas around St. George. There will be plenty of new friends, food, and stoke to keep you happy.

Trips are only open to University of Utah students, faculty and staff (including their guests). Call 801-581-8516 or come to Outdoor Adventures to register.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 | Submissions due by 11:59 p.m.

The College of Social Work’s Initiative for Transformative Social Work (ITSW) will host a photo exhibit display responding to a 21st century priority for social justice advocates: immigration and displacements.  The exhibit will feature photos of objects symbolizing the stories of resilience for refugees, immigrants, and displaced people.  Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are invited to submit photos sharing stories of strength.  Individuals who identify as having immigrant and/or refugee backgrounds, as well as witnesses of immigration and displacements, are especially encouraged to submit photos.  Individuals may submit a maximum of three photos, which must be received (along with a submission form: by midnight on Feb. 28.

For additional information, please contact:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-A), College of Social Work

The social work profession is facing critical challenges in the time of globalization. In 2012, the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) — partnering with the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), and the International Council of Social Work (ICSW) — launched the major undertaking of the “Social Work Global Agenda.” The effort is based on giving social work more visibility and enabling the profession to work more effectively with other global bodies to make changes in entities including UN bodies, governments, NGOs, multi-national companies and social work related bodies. The presentation will focus on regional key themes that emerged, successful examples from five regions and the future direction and utilization of the report in the global community. This event is free and open to the public.

Please direct inquires to Delva Hommes at

Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-A), College of Social Work

This overview will address common ethical pitfalls; specifically, the ethics of social media, client confidentiality and subpoenas and Utah-specific social work statutes. This event is free and open to social work students and alumni.

Please direct inquires to Jennifer Nozawa at

Friday, March 3, 2017 | 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom, sixth floor

Join fellow digital artists, musicians, directors, producers, actors, business people, students and attorneys for this day-long symposium to explore emerging trends in the film, TV and music industries. Designed to maximize both learning and networking, the Summit is an engaging blend of presentations, interactive panel discussions, performances, live demonstrations, and an unforgettable lunchtime keynote. The day is also infused with the Stewards of Story theme, guiding conversations about what taking responsibility for ethical storytelling means today.

Read more here and click here to register.

Friday, March 3-Friday, April 28, 2017
Eccles Student Life Center

Our in-house Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) course is your first step to teaching group fitness classes for Campus Recreation Services and inspiring active, healthy living. This course is a combination of lectures on ACE fundamentals and practical applications that will cover the basics of group exercise instruction including format options, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, injury prevention, cueing and more.

Spring session will occur on Fridays, 2 p.m., March 3–April 28. Register here.

Contact the fitness manager with any questions:

Friday, March 3, 2017 | 12 p.m.
Union Building, Saltair Room

This year we are excited to welcome Jennifer Azzi as our speaker. She is a former WNBA player with seven Hall of Fame inductions, an Olympic Gold Medal, a Stanford National Championship, the Naismith Award, and the Wade Trophy. Azzi also played as a guard for our local Utah Starzz for three seasons, leading in minutes played and in 2000, leading the league in free-throw percentage.

Azzi is a well-respected coach, speaker and author who actively represents the sport, both locally and internationally. Azzi’s lecture, Crossing the Half-Court: Women Breaking Boundaries, will address the success she has had pushing the needle on diversity efforts, and how we in higher education should think differently about creating similar successes, not just in sports, but in life.

This topic is particularly important realizing the low success of diversity efforts, despite trying. A symposium consisting of several smaller discussions centered around topics of diversity will follow Azzi’s noon lecture. There will be a light lunch preceding the lecture.

Additional details can be found here and Registration is required here.

Friday, March 3, 2017 | 5-7:30 p.m.
University Park Marriott

Pulled pork sandwiches and local beers and wine will be served.

Through Friday, March 3, 2017
Marriott Library

This exhibition will mark the 20th anniversary of the Artnauts Artist Collective. The Collective was founded in Colorado by Dr. George Rivera in 1996. Since that time, the collective has exhibited work in museum, university, gallery and public spaces on four continents while using the arts as a tool for addressing global issues while connecting artists from around the world.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Red Butte Garden

Would you like to harvest your first tomato before August? Are there heirloom varieties you can’t find in local garden centers that you want to grow? Then join instructor Golden Reeves, aka, the Tomato King, as he uncovers the secrets of basic seed propagation, discusses tips for successful tomato gardening, and shares his proven techniques to extend the growing season. Participants will plant and take home a flat of tomato and pepper seeds for germinating at home, as well as receive three Wall O’ Waters so tomatoes can be planted in your garden before the last frost. Combined with Golden’s tips, the supplies you take home will have you harvesting delicious tomatoes all summer long. Class and workshop prices vary. For more information, go here.

Saturday, March 4 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Student Life Center

Please Join ASUU in our Climb-A-Thon.

We are the Philanthropy and Service Board with the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU). Our board works all year round to raise money for two organizations which are Make-A-Wish Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Throughout this year, we have hosted various events in order to meet our goal of $20,000, so far we have raised over $2,500. We need YOUR help in order to meet our goal! Instead of hosting Rock the U, we decided to create a new event known as the Climb-A-Thon. The event will include all day rock wall climbing at the Life Center on campus and complimentary food. We want to see U there! In order to attend the event, you have to register on one of our websites and give a personal donation of $10. This money is not only a personal donation, but it is your ticket into the event.

We ask that you register on our websites and join us in our purpose in raising money for these two wonderful organizations. You can register for either the Make-A-Wish Utah page or the Huntsman Cancer Institute page. Pick a page and raise money for that specific organization.

Fundraise for Make-A-Wish here.

Fundraise for Huntsman Cancer Institute here.

A little goes a long way and you have the power to impact a life today.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 9, 2017 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Red Butte Garden

Proper pruning enhances the beauty of almost any landscape tree and shrub. It is an art and science, and when done well, pruning can turn a landscape plant into a thing of beauty.
This is a pruning basics class and intended for those with limited pruning experience and will address basic pruning concepts associated with flowering trees and shrubs, vines, and ground covers as well as the shaping of hedges. Classroom session lecture will cover pruning tools, when and why to prune, and the differences between thinning and heading back. The Saturday class will be hands-on, in-the-field, so please wear appropriate clothing and bring gloves and hand pruners.

Co-sponsored with Lifelong Learning, University of Utah Continuing Education.

Class and workshop prices vary. For more information, go here.

‘Private Violence’ Film Screening AND Discussion
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 | 4-7 p.m.
Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-A), College of Social Work

Domestic violence is a complex and widespread form of violence, which may have short- or long-term damage, impacting millions of Americans every year. According to the CDC, one in four women will be victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetimes. The film “Private Violence” examines intimate partner violence through the lens of two survivors who are working toward a brighter and safer future for all.  (This film contains disturbing images; viewer discretion is advised. Watch a trailer for the film here.

The film will be followed by a presentation by filmmaker Kit Gruelle, as well as a panel discussion.  This event is free and open to the public.

Please direct inquires to Delva Hommes:

Women’s Mental Health During Pregnancy
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 4-7 p.m.
Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-A), College of Social Work

Following a screening of the film “Dark Side of the Full Moon,” speakers Amy-Rose White and Dr. Ilse Dekoeyer-Laros will discuss the importance and unique challenges of women’s mental health during pregnancy and postpartum. Watch a trailer for the film here.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please direct inquires to Liz Conradt at

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Aging: Productivity, Vocation, Avocation and Volunteerism
Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 12-1:15 p.m.
Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-B), College of Social Work

A critical aspect of global optimal aging is to maintain meaningful activity as we enter into retirement years.  Maintaining high levels of productivity—either via vocational, avocational, or volunteer opportunities—provides individuals with outlets for social engagement, as well as ongoing meaningful activities.  Presenters Vicki Hansen, Lauren Andersen, and Claudia Raab will share several ways in which older adults can maintain structure and meaningful activities in retirement.

This event is free and open to the public.

Please direct inquiries to Linda Mendenhall at

Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 6-8 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Fourth floor ballroom

The power of words: Despite modern medicine’s infatuation with high-tech gadgetry, the single
most powerful diagnostic tool in the medical armamentarium is the doctor-patient conversation. However, what patients say and what doctors hear are often two vastly different things. Patients feel an urgency to “make their case.” Doctors multitask while patients speak and miss key elements.

Add in stereotypes, unconscious bias, conflicting agendas, and fear of lawsuits and the risk of misdiagnosis and medical errors multiplies. Dr. Ofri’s presentation examines whether refocusing the caregiver-patient conversation can lead to better health outcomes.

Through Friday, March 10, 2017
Marriott Library, Level four

The Preservation Department uses conservation treatments to remediate damage in books, documents and photographs, and preventive approaches to mitigate future damage.
Strategies include: retaining as much as possible of the original historic object in repairs; utilizing reversible, non-damaging techniques; and safeguarding cultural assets in advance of natural or manmade disasters.The exhibit provides an overview of these preservation treatments.

Click here for more information.

Monday, March 13-Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring Break 2017 – No classes will be held.

Other academic calendars can be found here.

Through April 15, 2017
Natural History Museum of Utah

Don’t miss live theater performances delighting museum audiences almost daily. Current productions include “Poison Live!” – the true story of how murder helped bring about the science of toxicology, and “The Extreme Plants Traveling Sideshow,” a fun look at how exotic plants in the rainforest develop life-saving defenses.

Shows are included with regular museum admission.

“Poison Live!” is a 12-minute theatrical and multimedia show that tells a dramatic story about the beginnings of toxicology. Check here for scheduled days and times.

Extreme plants traveling show: Step right up and see the world’s most daring, elegant, exotic and mysterious plants. Experience this high-energy, 20-minute theatrical performance that will entertain and enlighten one and all. Meet the plants and bear witness to their highly evolved defense mechanisms. Seeing is believing folks. Check here for scheduled days and times.

Through April 16, 2017
Natural History Museum of Utah

Mystery and intrigue are afoot at NHMU’s new “Power of Poison” exhibit. Learn more about the role of poison for good and ill in nature, history, myths and legends and real life. Complete with live animals, technical wonders and a touch of live theater, there is something to fascinate the explorer in everyone.

NHMU is the only stop on “The Power of Poison” tour that displays live animals. When visitors step into “Poison in Nature,” they enter the Chocó forest of Columbia where live golden poison arrow frogs peer up from their tanks. These brightly-colored amphibians can fit into your shirt pocket, but they would be a deadly accessory; their skin secretes a substance so toxic that the poison from one frog can kill 10 grown humans.

Purchase tickets here.

Ongoing through Friday, May 5, 2017
Marriott Library, Level 1

The class of 1965-66 gifted the Marriott Library with one of Avard Fairbank’s famous sculptures of Abraham Lincoln. Titled “Young Lincoln,” it stands in the gallery on the first floor.  Last year, his son, Eugene Fairbanks donated his father’s manuscripts and photo collections to the library. The collection includes photos, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and research that are enough to cover the entire first floor gallery with the story of the Lincoln statue.