Campus Events

2018 Earth Week
Monday, April 9-Friday, April 13, 2018
Various locations; learn more at

  • April 9
    Drawdown Showcase, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Union lobby | Learn key solutions for mitigating climate change
  • April 10
    Beekeeping Workshop, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Gould Auditorium in Marriott Library | Learn about our pollinators
  • April 11
    Earth Fest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Marriott Library Plaza | Visit with organizations, test ride e-bikes, and get a free bike lock if you bring your bike and UID
  • April 12
    Campus Tree Tour, 2-3 p.m., meet at flagpole on Presidents Circle | Learn more about the magnificent trees of the university
    Wasted Documentary, 6-8 p.m., Post Theatre in Fort Douglas | Anthony Bourdain explores the U.S. food waste crisis
  • April 13
    Last-Frost Kick Off, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Pioneer Garden near Pioneer Memorial Theatre | Help plant seeds at the Edible Campus Gardens
    Health Systems as Climate Innovators, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Garden Level Bays at Eccles Library | Rebroadcas of APHA panel on a carbon-positive health care system.
  • April 14
    Saturday Service Project, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., various locations | Sign up online for Bennion Center  volunteer projects focused on environmental sustainability.

Spring Book Sale
Monday, April 9-Friday, April 13, 2018 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
1100A, Level 1, Marriott Library

It’s time for this semester’s Book Sale! Prices drop every day:

Monday: $2 Hardback books, $1 paperback books
Tuesday: $1 Hardback books $0.50 paperback books
Wednesday: Fill a library bag for $6
Thursday: Fill a library bag for $4
Friday: All remaining books are FREE

For more information, go here.

Civility in Politics: Why Has Civility in Politics Declined?
Monday, April 9, 2018 | 12-1 p.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room

National polls indicate a very high level of voter discouragement and dissatisfaction with politicians in America. The polarization of the political parties may be one reason; another is the selective methods we receive news and information which is often biased, slanted, or even false. Do we have positive role models?  How have these factors and others impacted our civil discourse?
  • Matt Burbank, University of Utah associate professor, political science department
  • Jennifer Napier-Pearce, editor, The Salt Lake Tribune
  • Edmund Fong, associate professor, ethnic studies and political science, University of Utah
  • RonNell Andersen Jones, Lee E. Teitelbaum Endowed Professor of Law, University of Utah
  • Jason Perry, director, Hinckley Institute of Politics

Pizza & Politics

Free and open to the public.

Bench to Bedside 2018: Presenting Technological Innovation
Monday, April 9, 2018 | 6 p.m.
Utah State Capitol

Bench to Bedside is a program that introduces students to the world of medical and global health innovation through an incentive-based team contest. The program culminates in the final competition where multi-disciplinary teams present their novel medical innovations to an expert panel of judges who will evaluate and score their work based on the team’s business strategy, design quality and health care impact.

More than 60 teams will compete for more than $130,000 in prize money, including teams from Southern Utah State, Brigham Young University, Weber State University, Utah State University and University of Utah. A grand prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the first-place team.

Join the students as they present their projects at the Utah State Capitol on April 9, beginning at 6 p.m.

Pizza with the President
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 |12-1:30 p.m.
University Union

Join us in this awesome and special opportunity to meet President Watkins.

Stop by the Union Ballroom from 12-1:30 p.m. to enjoy free pizza and talk to our new president.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
Stewart Building | Room 104 (Auditorium)

University of Utah Department of Anthropology cordially invites you to the 2018 Rufus Wood Leigh Distinguished Lecture.

Please join us as Leigh Lecturer Helen Elizabeth Davis discusses the sex differences in spatial ability and navigation and the effects of education and environment among the Tsimane of Bolivia.

Event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP at

Percussion Ensemble
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall

The award-winning U Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Chamber Groups will perform a concert on April 10th, 2018 in Libby Gardner Hall. A tour de force of works for percussion from classical to contemporary, as well as non-western and jazz influenced works, will be on display. Highlights from the program include “to wALk Or ruN in wEst harlem” by Andy Akiho and “Prelude to Paradise” by Jacob Remington. Described as “mold-breaking,” “alert and alive,” “dramatic” and “vital” by the New York Times, Akiho is an eclectic composer and performer of contemporary classical music. His work “to wALk Or ruN in wEst harlem” is provocative and evokes images and sounds of the city. The decision of whether to walk or run is ultimately left to the listener although prompted throughout the piece. “Prelude to Paradise” is a dynamic work for percussion orchestra. This piece is both heavy metal in feel yet classically orchestrated, utilizing a perfect balance of wood, metal and skin percussion colors. Remington provides an array of layers with powerful counterpoint complimented with special effects and moments of single clarity.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
College of Nursing, 10 S 2000 East, Salt Lake City

On April 11, Gary Glazner (founder and executive director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project) will be offering a free workshop and Presentation on the use of creativity in communication and caregiving.

Click here to watch the “PBS  New Hour” overview of his work.

The event is free, but click here to register for a head count.

Lock it or Lose it
Wednesday, April 11, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Student Services Plaza

Live on campus? Bike to campus? Bring it the Earth Fest and register your bike with University Police.

We’ll give you a FREE Kryptonite U Lock for your bike while supplies last. Remember to bring both your bike and U card with you and we’ll see you there.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 12-3 p.m.
Marriott Library

Join Teaching & Learning Technologies and our campus partners for TLT’s Faculty Forum “Spring into Technology” event.

This event is free for faculty and staff and registration is now open.

We kick off the forum with discovery booths featuring the latest technology and services that Teaching & Learning Technologies, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the Marriott Library has to offer faculty and staff. Followed by amazing presentations by university faculty and supporting staff about innovative classroom and course technology ranging from student module roadmaps, organizing guest speakers into courses, implementing library course reserves and the process of program mapping. 

Visit and the event page to register and read the full line up of presentations.

Beyond Words: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 12-1p.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time where we highlight the history and culture of sexual violence to educate, raise awareness, and rejuvenate prevention efforts. This month we have chosen the theme Beyond Words, which illustrates our need and readiness for action against sexual violence. This theme aims to acknowledge those who choose to share their stories while also honoring victim-survivors who may choose to remain silent.
  • Billy Palmer, associate producer, Radioactive 90.9 KRCL (Moderator)
  • Rep. Angela Romero, Minority Assistant Whip
  • Nubia Peña, J.D., advocacy and prevention training specialists, UCASA; Utah Juvenile Defender Attorney
  • Rob Butters, Ph.D., assistant professor, College of Social Work; director, Utah Criminal Justice Center

Pizza & Politics

Free and open to the public

This event is cosponsored by the Center for Student Wellness and ASUU.

Grand Rounds: Exploring Social & Political Culture in Ghana
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-B), College of Social Work

Dr. Jason Castillo and a group of MSW, BSW, and International Studies students who participated in a learning abroad experience in Kumasi, Ghana will present on the history, economics, politics, society and culture of Ghana. Students will share their experiences and understandings of the world as a system of interconnected countries and cultures

This event is free and open to the public.

Please register and purchase CEUs ($22.50) in advance and direct inquires to Delva Hommes:

HIP Talks: Finale
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Bill & Pat Child Family Community Hall

In honor of the public speaking skills of former Utah Congressman Wayne Owens, the Hinckley Institute of Politics and ASUU are proud to host the HIP Talks annual speech contest. Participants will have two minutes to deliver a speech on any topic of their choosing. One grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and five runners up will each receive $1,000. This event is open to all University of Utah students who want to contribute original, powerful thinking in the form of public speaking to the U’s legacy.

Cosponsored by ASUU.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall

The U of U Campus Symphony will play works by three of the most beloved composers: Dvořák, Schubert, and Beethoven. Guest conductors include Diego Plata, Stephanie Rhodes Russell, and Matthew Mainella.

Admission: $12.50 | Arts Pass event: Free to U Students with UCard |Other students: $6.50 | Faculty/Staff/Seniors: $6.50.

The Coming War with Iran
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 12:30-2 p.m

Lawrence Wilkerson is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  His last position in the US Government was chief of staff to Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State.  Wilkerson served 31 years in the US Army.  His final assignments were Special Assistant to then-Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell and, later, Deputy Director and Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia.

Pizza & Politics

Free and open to the public.

Hugo Rossi Lecture Series: Collectively improving our teaching
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 3:30 p.m. reception, 4-5 p.m. lecture
Aline Skaggs Biology Building, Room 210

Kimberly Tanner, professor of biology, San Francisco State University, is a neurobiologist who focuses focus on biology education and is director of Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL). Tanner’s SEPAL research group has addressed three main lines of inquiry: 1. Understanding the novice-to-expert transition among undergraduate biology majors; 2. Developing novel assessment approaches to revealing student conceptions in science; 3. Evaluating the effectiveness of approaches to promoting equity in science. 

Charting new territory in neurodegeneration
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 6 p.m.
Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building Auditorium

The 2017-18 Frontiers of Science lecture series continues with a presentation by Ryan J. Watts, CEO of Denali Therapeutics. His presentation is titled “Charting New Territory in Neurodegeneration.” Neurodegeneration is one of the largest medical challenges of our time. Recent human genetic and cell biological insights into the causes and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia, ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases is offering new territory for the discovery and development of effective medicines. At Denali Therapeutics, Dr. Watts is leading a team of scientists and clinicians focused on inventing disease-modifying therapies to halt neurodegeneration. Denali is elucidating the biological mechanisms of four pathways with direct links to neurodegeneration. Understanding these pathways is leading to the discovery of biomarkers and therapies to treat disease. Nevertheless, a major barrier to developing neurological disease medicines has been the body’s own defense mechanism, known as the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which has evolved to protect the brain from toxins. In addition to pursing new targets, Denali is engineering medicines to cross the BBB and access disease targets in the brain.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Mandate Press, 1077 South Main Street, Salt Lake City

Assistant professor of English, Michael Mejia, recently published “TOKYO” (University of Alabama Press), a novel in three parts, linked by a single narrative of disaster, loss and longing. “TOKYO” was conceived as a novel that would “investigate, through fiction, the Japan I’d imagined, while also recognizing that every Japan I imagined would always already be a fictional one, a Western one,” said Mejia. “The last two sections of the book imagine a fictional American author, M, married to a Japanese-American woman, summoned to Tokyo by a potentially erotic relationship with a Japanese of indeterminate gender.”

Mejia has always been fascinated with Japan, ever since he was a child. Growing up in Sacramento, CA, many of his childhood friends happened to be second- and third-generation Japanese, Chinese and Korean. He was interested in the artifacts in their homes; and became a fan of many Japanese films and authors. “My interest was in Japan’s strangeness and seeming exoticism, probably not all that different from the interest of Americans in the mid-19th c., when Japan had been mostly closed off to the West by its military government,” Mejia explained. Much of “TOKYO” is focused on Tuskiji, the Tokyo Central Wholesale Market, the largest fish market in the world, which distributes more than 1500 tons of seafood, shipped from all over the world, to restaurants, supermarkets, and neighborhood stores every day—just to Tokyo and its suburbs.

Mejia will be hosting a book launch party, with a reading and signing on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at the Mandate Press (1077 South Main St., Salt Lake City, UT, 84111) at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the book, click here or here.

Book Arts Workshop “Modular Typography: Building Letters on the Press”
Friday, April 13-Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

J. Willard Marriott Library Book Arts Studio, Level 4

Cost: $195

Attention all print and design enthusiasts. The Marriott Library’s Book Arts Program is hosting a workshop with renowned type designer, Richard Kegler. Kegler, lead designer and founder of P22 Type Foundry, will be leading a two-day workshop on April 13 and 14 entitled “Modular Typography: Building Letters on the Press” in the Book Arts Studio at the J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah. Additionally, free screening of Kegler’s film “Making Faces” will be held on April 12 at 5:30 p.m.

More info can be found here  and help spread the word here.

Friday, April 13; Thursday, May 10; Thursday, June 7, 2018 
World Trade Center Utah

The ExporTech program will take place on April 13, May 10 and June 7 at World Trade Center Utah.

In partnership with U.S. Commercial Service and World Trade Center Utah, the University of Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership (UUMEP) Center, is kicking off the first ExporTech program in Utah this April. ExporTech is a national program designed to help small and mid-sized companies boost their sales revenues via exporting.

The first class of participating Utah companies are:

B.E.S.T. Police Training, LLC: They are the world’s first police training simulator focused on conflict de-escalation. B.E.S.T. stands for Behavior Ethics Strategy Tactics and began as a thesis project at the University of Utah’s No. 1-ranked game design program. They are located in Park City.

Expedition One: Located in Ogden, they manufacture body armor, bumpers, rocker guards and recovery gear and equipment.

Madsen Cycles: They manufacture bikes that include cargo holders and kid carrier buckets. They are located in Murray.

Mud Buddy: Located in West Jordan, UT, they manufacture high quality, higher horsepower shallow water motors.

Seymour Solar: Manufacturers of safe solar filters for photographers and astronomers. They are located in Escalante.

Taste Artisan Chocolate: They craft artisanal chocolates using traditional and modern technologies, and sell a variety of gourmet food products. They are located in Provo.

Friday, April 13, 2018 | 1-4 p.m.
SSB 380

Discover, articulate and put your strengths into action to help you fully maximize your potential. Take the best-selling StrengthsFinder Assessment free of charge and learn how to best apply your strengths today with the help of Certified Strengths coaches.

RSVP required here.


Flute Choir
Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 5 p.m.

Thompson Chamber Music Hall

Runnin’ fl’UTES’ will perform a unique collection of pieces ranging from a French flute quintet by Ravel to a South American inspired flute choir piece by Ricardo Matosinhos. In addition, the ensemble will play “Pontchartrain” by Valerie Coleman. This piece is a narrative that depicts the rebuilding of New Orleans. The melodic work begins with a slow section describing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, followed by a traditional New Orleans “Second Line” romp where the choir is transformed into a street brass band.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | 6-9 p.m.
Union Theater | Free to the public

A screening of Roman Polanski’s 1974 film “Chinatown” followed by a conversation with Gregory Smoak.

“Chinatown” (1974), a neo-noir film based on the California water wars, stars Jack Nicholson as a hard-boiled private investigator who becomes embroiled in underhanded efforts to steal water rights in southern California. Directed by Roman Polanski.

Gregory Smoak is director of the American West Center and associate professor of history at the U and specializes in American Indian, American Western, Environmental and Public History. He has taught at Colorado State University and the University of Minnesota. The University of California Press published his book, “Ghost Dances and Identity: American Indian Ethnicity, Racial Identity, and Prophetic Religion” in 2006. He is currently working on an environmental history of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument under a contract with the National Park service.

Pause for Paws
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Social Work Atrium

Students, faculty and staff are invited to de-stress by visiting with registered Therapy Animals of Utah therapy dogs during this fun and relaxing event. Since spending time with calm dogs can reduce a person’s heart rate, blood pressure, anxiety and stress levels, this is the perfect way to prepare for (or recover from) finals.

This event is free and open to the campus community. Please direct inquires to Jennifer Nozawa:

April 18, 2018 | 12-3 p.m.
BEH S Tower

CSBS graduate and undergraduate students are invited to showcase their original research projects at the 7th Annual CSBS Student Research Day.

First Prize: $250
Second Prize: $150
Third Prize: $100
Student Choice Award: $100

Please visit for more information.

U Recycle Day
Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium parking lot

Bring your electronic waste, old personal documents, and hard-to-recycle items to the University of Utah for U Recycle Day, an annual event for responsibly recycling. Participants are also invited to donate non-perishable food items, which will be given to the on-campus Feed U food pantry. Residential items only; no business waste. Get details on accepted items at

Thursday, April 19, 2019 | 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

University of Utah Campus Store

The University Campus Store will be hosting a Carnival party 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, for all U students.

There will be a scavenger hunt where students will have the opportunity to win several prizes, including a $1,000 scholarship to the Campus Store. Along with several other fun activities, including a rock climbing wall, basketball inflatable, money booth, and more. There will also be cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones on the patio, free for all Utah students1.

Please join the University Campus Store as it celebrates the close of another great year and shows its appreciation to the U’s outstanding students. The University of Utah is lucky to have such a great student body and it’s a pleasure to extend our gratitude and support to you.


1Food will be available between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. or while supplies last.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 10:15 a.m.
All campus

The Great Utah ShakeOut is an opportunity for our University campus to learn about overall preparedness plans, what to do during earthquakes, and then practice those skills. Watch for a campus alert on April 19, 2018, at 10:15 a.m., encouraging everyone to practice drop, cover and hold on. Practice and reinforcement of these protective actions can help prevent injury when the earth starts to shake. Remember, it is not the shaking of the ground that causes death or injury, it is the objects that are falling that will be most dangerous.

If you haven’t signed up to receive emergency messages from the University, please update your profile in CIS today. Help us keep our students and campus community prepared and safe by encouraging participation in the Great Utah ShakeOut earthquake drill.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 12:15 p.m.
Union Pano East

Food Nanny Liz Edmunds wants to help you make over your dinnertime routine. For over 20 years this vivacious dinner coach, author and mother of seven has traveled around the world providing innovative tips and tricks on refreshing tired meals. Edmunds will offer a revolutionary way to plan and make easy meals every day of the week.

Friday, April 20, 2018 | 1-4 p.m.

Welcome back. Welcome home.

The newly completed Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House will be open to the public for a first look on Friday, April 20 from 1-4 p.m.

For the past two years, the alumni building has been undergoing renovations to make it a place befitting a Pac-12 school like the University of Utah. Come and see what we’ve done with the place. The open house is for anyone on campus and in the surrounding communities who would like to take a tour of the newest building at the U.

Located at the center of campus, the Alumni House features a gorgeous new ballroom, plus spacious conference and meeting rooms. There are few, if any, meeting spaces on the East Bench that offer the size (the ballroom seats 400 for dinner), flexibility, and welcoming atmosphere you will find here, not to mention the convenience of adjacent parking.

We are now accepting reservations for events starting in late spring 2018. To talk with us about your next conference, wedding reception, or other special event, click here, call 801-581-6995, or email

Katherine’s Courtyard Launch Event
April 23, 2018 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

J. Willard Marriott Library, level 2

Free refreshments and student work exhibitions: Come see the new Katherine’s Courtyard at the Marriott Library. Student work will be on display, refreshments from Mazza Café and tours of the courtyard.

Come early for free yoga at 10 a.m. (bring your own mat).

Learn more here.


Crimson Harps
Monday, April 23, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Thompson Chamber Music Hall, Free

The acclaimed Crimson Harps are a group of undergraduate and graduate students that enchant audiences with their exciting arrangements of harp music. On April 23, 2018, in Thomson Chamber Music Hall, these nine harpists will perform a diverse program including a unique arrangement of a traditional Kenyan folk song. This concert is free and open to the public.

The Complexities of DACA And Their Impact on Communities
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 7-8 p.m.
Marmalade Library, 280 West 500 North, Salt Lake City

The U.S. is home to nearly 34 million lawful immigrants and another 11 million people who are undocumented, according to data from Pew Research Center.  Putting political and policy discussions aside, it is time that Utahns talk about how we welcome people to the neighborhood. Presented by The University of Utah College of Social Work, in partnership with The City Library-Marmalade Branch and 90.9fm KRCL, this new conversation series will further community discussions about topics linked to immigration.

We will explore the journeys of individual refugees through film, consider the impact of DACA on students in Utah, and discuss the upcoming U.S. Census and Utah’s part in providing household information. On April 25, join us for panel discussion with Jennifer Seelig, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office; Karen Hale, Salt Lake County Offices; Amy Dott Harmer, Utah Refugee Connection; Luis Garza, Comunidades U5nidas; and Samira Harnish, Women of the World; moderated by Lara Jones, 90.9fm KRCL.

This event is free and open to the public. Please direct inquires to Delva Hommes:

Restoring Balance Retreat
Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way

The Resiliency Center and the Department of Psychiatry are co-sponsoring this year’s retreat.

The retreat is specifically for health care professionals suffering from burnout and compassion fatigue or simply looking for new ways to manage stress and increase resiliency.

More information and registration can be found here.