Campus Events

The State of the Environment: 2019 Legislative Priorities
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Hinckley Institute, Gardner Commons 2018

  • Carly Ferro, associate organizing representative, Sierra Club Utah Chapter
  • Noah Miterko, grassroots organizer, HEAL Utah
  • Zach Frankel, executive director, Utah Rivers Council
  • Jayla Lundstrom, University Water Warriors (moderator)

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum. This event is cosponsored by the Utah Rivers Council.

The Last Lecture
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 | 12 p.m.
Student Union Den 

An opportunity for popular and distinguished professors from the U to give a lecture as if it were their last. What do you have to say to an audience of your students given one last chance

Professor Jack Newell will be giving his lecture titled, “Still the Question: How Shall I Live?”

Syria: The Impact of US Withdrawal
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 | 2-3 p.m.
Hinckley Institute, Gardner Commons 2018

  • Matthew Brodsky, Senior Fellow at the Security Studies Group

This event is free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum. This event is sponsored by the Salt Lake Committee on Foreign Relations.

Exercise Basics to Build a Stronger You
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 |12-1 p.m
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 | 7:30-8:30 a.m.
L.S. Skaggs Patient Wellness Center

This spring semester, PEAK is offering five session workshops for those who would like to begin exercising at home, or at a gym, and do not know where to start. The workshop instructor will teach proper form and technique on various bodyweight exercises that can be completed in a wide variety of settings.

At the end of the workshop, participants will receive a detailed workout description so they can confidently exercise on their own.

For more information or to register, go here.

The Role of a U.S. Attorney
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Hinckley Institute, Gardner Commons 2018

  • Larry Leigh, former assistant U.S. attorney; counsel, Parsons Behle & Latimer

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 | 6-7 p.m.
Division of Public Health, 375 Chipeta Way, Suite A

Interested in learning about public health abroad?In this Learning Abroad program, students will be able to observe and participate hands-on in functioning, effective projects that have been successfully implemented and are positively changing health conditions in West Africa. Students will work in collaboration with local village leaders, working together to address pressing health issues including those associated with malaria, maternal health and child mortality. Students will be able to participate in research projects that evaluate different aspects of health in the villages. Visit this information session to learn more from our program faculty director and start your Learning Abroad experience.

Click here for more information.

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Union Building Parlor A

Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Classroom A, School of Medicine

Trinh Mai is an LCSW for Wellness and Integrative Health, the Resiliency Center and an associate professor for the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. She will discuss ancient mindfulness practices that are now embraced in the modern workplace, whether it’s in health care systems, schools, Fortune 500 companies or military boot camps. Learn why and experience some simple practices that can improve your and your team’s engagement, relationships and quality of life at work.

Presented by Wellness and Integrative Health.

Mindfulness Stress Reduction Course
Every Thursday night from Jan. 17-March 14, 2019 | 4:30-7 p.m.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, (MBSR), was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. MBSR is an intensive training in developing mindful awareness and accessing our innate capacity for health, healing and growth. Groups meet for an orientation, eight weekly classes and an all-day retreat between weeks six and seven. Guided instruction in various practices is provided, including sitting and walking meditation, body scan, gentle yoga and mindful communication. These practices are enhanced through inquiry exercises, group dialogue and daily home assignments.

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness is, “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” Stress is an inherent part of our lives.  We do not practice mindfulness in order to escape the stress, but practice so that we can relate to our stress in a healthier way.  MBSR is intended to ignite our inner capacity for awareness and to learn ways that we can be awake and in touch with our lives as they unfold.

In research published by the Center for Mindfulness, the majority of people who complete the course report:

  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • An increased ability to relax
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.

Register here.

U-CARS: Utah Cardiac Recovery Symposium
Thursday, Jan. 17-Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House

The 2019 symposium will feature the clinical and translational impact of the recently announced impressive results of the multi-center LVAD Bridge-To-Recovery RESTAGE-HF Trial.

Last year’s symposium attracted more than 530 registered attendees from around the globe spanning clinical, translational and basic sciences.

Click here to register.

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
Various locations

The U’s Bennion Community Service Center is sponsoring a day of service in conjunction with a variety of local organizations, including For the Kids, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Crossroads Urban Center, Ronald McDonald House and more.

Volunteers can pre-register and arrive to their sites for check-in, breakfast and explanation of the project by 8:30 a.m.

A list of project options and registration can be found here.

The Future of Title IX
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Hinckley Institute, Gardner Commons 2018

  • Sherrie Hayashi, director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
  • Rick Green, professor, University of Utah Political Science Department
  • Lori McDonald, dean of Students, University of Utah (Moderator)

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum. This event is co-sponsored by the Dean of Students.

The Power of YOU(th)
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 | 2-3 p.m.
Hinckley Institute, Gardner Commons 2018

Action Utah is a non-partisan community advocacy organization dedicated to boosting civic engagement. They provide education, tools, and advocacy opportunities to give people on both sides of the aisle a voice in policy making that impacts families and communities. Join Action Utah as they discuss how young adults can make a difference in government.
  • Andrea Himoff, founder and executive director, Action Utah
  • Jasmine Fitzsimmons, MSW student fellow, Action Utah

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.

Arab Uprisings: Between Regime Breakdown and Endurance of Authoritarianism
Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.

Anti-government protestors spray foam and wave their national flags as they celebrate President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure to Saudi Arabia, in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, June 5, 2011. Thousands of protesters are dancing and singing in the Yemeni capital Sanaa after the country’s authoritarian leader flew to Saudi Arabia to receive medical treatment for wounds he suffered in a rocket attack on his compound. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

The Arab uprisings of 2010-2011 generated hopes for democratizing the region. Within a few short years, however, those hopes were dashed as the tumultuous period paved the way for a brutal civil war in Syria, a return of old regime figures in Tunisia, and a new authoritarian crackdown in Egypt. So why did popular uprisings produce different political trajectories in Egypt, Tunisia and Syria? To investigate such diverged paths of social and political struggles in the Arab region, I focus on three main factors: 1) The legacy of state building processes in the post-colonial period; 2) the shift of socio-economic alliances of the Arab states since the late 1980s; and 3) the patterns of interaction between political opposition in the aftermath of the uprisings. The analysis suggests that variations along these three dimensions are heavily contingent on myriad processes of coalition-building, civil-military relations, and intensity of secular-Islamists divides.
  • Professor Shimaa Hatab, assistant professor of political science at Cairo University; Visiting Fulbright Professor at Stanford University

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Utah Political Science Department and the Fulbright Program.

Now through April 23, 2019

PEAK fitness classes are available to all full- and part-time employees of the University of Utah, including:
  • University of Utah Health employees
  • Employees at Primary Children’s Hospital & Clinics
  • University affiliates in Research Park
  • Members of the University of Utah Alumni Association
  • Family members and partners of employees
  • Alumni association members

PEAK Health and Fitness offer a wide variety of classes including boot camp, circuit training, core training, indoor cycling, mat Pilates, stretch and strengthen, total body fitness, weight training and yoga.

Registration is available here.

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Room 2950

Get inspired. Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 30, as three young alums discuss how their degree inspired their journey to success. There will be free food and a chance to network immediately following the event.

For more information about this event and the guest panelists, please visit or follow us on Facebook @UofUCSBS.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 | 12-1:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)

Professor Robert D. Bullard, often described as the father of environmental justice, is a leading voice against environmental racism. He is an award-winning author of 18 books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, community reinvestment, climate justice, community resilience and regional equity. He will be speaking about race, pollution and other environmental and political concerns

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah Sustainability Office and the University of Utah Office of Equity and Diversity.

Selected Works of Steven Leitch—Art Exhibit
Through Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
Art Gallery, Main Level, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

The Eccles Library January 2019 art exhibit features the selected works of Steven Leitch.

The works exhibited are selections from recent photographic sojourns throughout the states of Utah, California, Hawaii, and other locals visited. The images were captured using a Nikon D800 single-lens reflex (SLR) digital camera with an assortment of fixed-focal length lenses, and minimal post-processing (from RAW format to final screen/print).

“I spent most of my formative years in the photography world.  I worked as a photographer for 37 years at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and for 36 years, I served in the US Army Reserve as a photojournalist and writer. I was recently released as a service missionary photographer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I enjoy poetry, and I have been writing script (pen and ink) throughout my life. I am a member of the Utah State Poetry Society, and I serve as president of the Valley Winds Chapter, the Salt Lake City chapter of the Society.

I love being able to capture a moment or thought in time and preserve it for others to witness along with me, the beauty and uniqueness of this world of ours.  Photography and poetry, through image and script, allows me to do both; and why I love it so.”

The Future of Social Justice: C.O.D.E.
Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 | 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Student Union

Hosted by ASUU, the much anticipated annual Conference on Diverse Excellence (C.O.D.E) will create dialogue and build consciousness around systems of oppression, privilege, and solidarity through a social justice lens. We use “diverse” as a noun, adjective and verb to recognize diversity work as both a process and a goal to achieve excellence. C.O.D.E’s theme for the 2019 conference, “Unite For Justice”, will focus on bringing peoples of diverse backgrounds together in order to educate, uplift and support one another.

You can RSVP here in advance or register the day of. C.O.D.E is a free event to the public. Attendees can look forward to free swag, free food, connecting with other student leaders, networking with faculty and staff, and partnering with allies and advocates. Building upon their social justice education and knowledge in order to create change on campus and in their communities.