Campus Events

Inverting the Inversion: Addressing Utah’s Air Quality
Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

Wintertime particulate matter and summer ozone impact Utah’s valleys every year. Hear a discussion of the problem and solutions with panelists Michael D. Brehm, University of Utah Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety; Thom Carter, UCAIR; a HEAL Utah Representative. Moderated by Myron Wilson, deputy chief sustainability officer at the University of Utah.

Pizza will be served.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 | 4-6:30 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium

The Carnegie Community Engagement Committee has chosen 20 campus and community partnerships that meet the standards of community engagement are grounded in the qualities of reciprocity, mutual respect, shared authority and co-creation of goals and outcomes.

Finalists will give a three-minute “lightning pitch” on their partnership work to the SVPs at the “Pitch-In” event this Feb. 11 from 4-6:30 p.m., in the Marriott Library’s Gould Auditorium. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to help continue great community-engaged work. President Watkins will open the event, and all are welcome to attend, listen to the pitches and enjoy conversation and light appetizers following the event.

Confidently U: Promoting Positive Body Image
Monday, Feb. 11-Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019
Eccles Student Life Center

Drop by the Eccles Student Life Center Feb. 11-14 and celebrate body positivity during our Confidently U event.

This exciting week is dedicated to the promotion of a positive self-body image. Stop by for free classes and workshops, snacks, swag, prizes, discounted memberships and more.

While you’re here, we encourage you to take a selfie and leave a positive note on our wall.

Check out the schedule of events below or visit our Facebook page for more information.

  • Monday, Feb. 11: Free Yoga (12 p.m. in Arches Studio)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 12: Free Body Positivity Workshop (7:30 p.m. in the Hub)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13: Self-Love Meditation (6:45 p.m. in Spirit Studio)
  • Thursday, Feb. 14: Free Yoga (12 p.m. in Bryce Studio) with free Zumba and wear red (5:30 p.m. in Bryce Studio)

Distinguished Lecture: Racial Borders
Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 | 7 p.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room, Gardner Commons 2055

Consider yourselves warmly invited to our Distinguished Lecture—on Monday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., in the Hinckley Caucus Room—that serves as the intellectual centerpiece for our School for Cultural and Social Transformation. This year we are pleased to partner with the Tanner Center for Human Rights, currently being led by professor Erika George in the S.J. Quinney College of Law here at the U.

With the rise in xenophobia and racism around the globe, countries have acted—including through the United Nations—to combat discrimination and intolerance. Yet there is no serious attention paid to how all national borders operate with racialized effect.

E. Tendayi Achiume will deliver the 2019 Distinguished Lecture on the genealogy of national borders as colonial instruments of racialized exclusion. Achiume also will address contemporary effects of immigration laws and policies, alongside institutional racism, of this pernicious colonial history.

Achiume is an assistant professor at the UCLA School of Law and a research associate of the African Center for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. In 2017, she was appointed as the U.N. special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance—the first woman to fill this role.

The lecture is sponsored by The School for Cultural and Social Transformation and the Tanner Center for Human Rights.

This event is free and open to the public.

Red Rocks Retrospective
Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 | 8 p.m.
KUED Channel 7

KUED Channel 7 will air a documentary on the U’s women’s gymnastics team, tracing the Red Rocks’ rise to athletic and fan acclaim, on Monday. KUED’s Joe Prokop produced “Utah Gymnastics: Red Rocks Retrospective,” which shows how the gymnastics program gained momentum over decades of grueling practices, determination, academic achievement and athletic excellence.

The documentary highlights the program’s beginning in 1975 under legendary coach Greg Marsden, who posted flyers across campus to recruit his first team. From that inauspicious beginning, Marsden went on to create one of the most successful—the Red Rocks have claimed 10 national championships—college athletic programs of all time. Beyond the athletic accomplishments he inspired, Marsden also marketed the team to attract legions of fans and thousands of season ticket holders, creating one of the most dedicated fan bases in all of college sports.

“Utah Gymnastics: Red Rocks Retrospective” features archival footage from vaults, bars and beams to floor routines over the decades that include some of the team’s memorable high-scoring feats. The film celebrates key coaches and student-athletes including Missy Marlowe, Aimee Trepanier-Preston, Lisa Mitzel, and others while showcasing the inspiring drive of the all-American gymnasts who vaulted the university’s program to success.

The documentary will re-air on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 4 p.m.

The Future of Nuclear Power in Utah
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

Although nuclear power has long promised a reliable, affordable source of low carbon electricity, new reactor construction, especially “first of a kind” projects like the one the Utah Associated Municipal Power System (UAMPS) may finance, have often disappointed. Reviewing this history, Peter Bradford, a former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner and former a chairman of the New York and Maine utility regulatory commissions, will spotlight the risks of small public utilities’ involvement in nuclear plant construction and precautions available to protect customers from unanticipated costs.
  • Peter Bradford, professor of law and energy policy, Vermont Law School; former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory commissioner under Presidents Carter and Reagan

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 sponsored by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center.

‘Imagining Sustainable Futures: Collaborative ‘Soul’-utions for Earthly Survival’
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 | 4-5 p.m.
Aline Skaggs Biology (ASB) 210

The Global Change and Sustainability Center Seminar Series Lecture with Giovanna Di Chiro, Professor of Environmental Studies at Swarthmore College “Imagining Sustainable Futures: Collaborative ‘Soul’-tions for Earthly Survival

When we talk about sustainability, we might assume that progressive science policy would naturally uplift and strengthen all communities. Yet in the scientific and political discourse around sustainable practices, many marginalized groups are ignored, despite often being the most vulnerable in our current climate crises. If we are going to fight climate change and build a sustainable world, we need to analyze the contemporary environmental discourse and seek social justice for those most affected.

Giovanna Di Chiro, the Lang Professor for Issues of Social Change at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, has dedicated her career to intersectional scholarship on environmental justice, sustainability and public policy. On Feb. 12, as part of the Global Change and Sustainability Center’s Seminar Series, professor Di Chiro will share her innovative work in her lecture, “Imagining Sustainable Futures: Collaborative ‘Soul’-utions for Earthly Survival.”

In her lecture for the Global Change and Sustainability Center’s Seminar Series, “Imagining Sustainable Futures: Collaborative ‘Soul-tions for Earthly Survival,” Di Chiro will explore the challenges, successes, and lessons of her work in sustainability and social justice, and what it means for the future of our world. Come by ASB 210 on Feb. 12 from 4-5 p.m. to learn more.

Curiosity Bibliotherapy Open Book Club: ‘Still Alice’
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Marriott Library, 1705F, Level 1

Focused on maintaining one’s curiosity and desire to investigate, this book club follows a traditional format by meeting to discuss the same book. Discussion and readings are short. The club rotates between book genres every month.

More information can be found here.

Annual Environment AND Sustainability Research Symposium
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 | 5-7 p.m.  

Union Ballroom

Held every spring, the annual Environment and Sustainability Research Symposium celebrates interdisciplinary student research related to the environment and/or sustainability and recognizes Sustainability Leadership Award recipients. The symposium provides a great opportunity for students from across campus to synthesize and present their research in a poster session in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Like other Global Change & Sustainability Center events, the Symposium helps to cultivate relationships across the U community and can serve as a catalyst for new research ideas and collaborations.

Enjoy live music and refreshments while exploring the broad range of research being conducted by students at the U.

Free Film: ‘Sugar Coated’
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 | 12-2 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, Level 1

Take a not-so-sweet trip by examining the various tactics used over the years to counter mounting scientific evidence about the dangers of sugar.

Students from the University of Utah School of Dentistry will be present to distribute oral hygiene kits during the screening of “Sugar Coated.”

Light refreshments will be provided.

Click here for more information.

Valentine’s Evening at UMFA
Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 | 6-8:30 p.m.
G.W. Anderson Family Great Hall

Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755-1828), Mr. and Mrs. Simon Walker, ca. 1802, oil on canvas, purchased with funds from the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation, UMFA1982.007.001-22.

Join us for a romantic night at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic libations and hors-d’oeuvres, peruse the galleries and listen to a sultry selection of music in the G.W. Anderson Family Great Hall.

For an additional fee, you may join award-winning curator of European, American and regional art Leslie Anderson for “Conscious Coupling: Scenes of Romance in the UMFA’s Collection,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please select the tour option when purchasing tickets to secure your spot; the tour is limited to 30 guests (21+).

Choose UMFA as your romantic getaway and make art a part of your evening together. Please purchase tickets here.

Classism, Racism, Migration and Mental Health Interplay
Artist presentation: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 | 12 p.m. with reception: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Exhibit on display:  Feb. 4-28, 2019, Library hours
Main level, Eccles Health Sciences Library

Through exhibit, presentation and opera, Victoria Sethunya will share her immigration story and the impact of classism, sexism, and racism on her and her family and on their health and mental health as she has experienced it as a black woman, a black immigrant, the mother of a young black man, as a black student and as a black employee in Utah.

Victoria Sethunya is a peace activist, a pharmacy technologist, a mother, an opera singer and a Unitarian seminarian.  Victoria coined the phrase “Academic Achievement Staff” member to describe the work she does for the Granite School District helping inmates at the Salt Lake County Metro Jail attain their GED and mentoring them on the workings of the criminal justice system.

Victoria has three children, one of whom she adopted when her sister passed away.  Her son, Chris, was deported shortly after DACA was no longer renewable.

Income Polarization and Political Outcomes: Mis-measurement, Measurement, and Some Actual Results from the US and Elsewhere
Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 | 9-11 a.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

  • Professor James K. Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bensten Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and professor of government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin

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 co-sponsored by the University of Utah’s Department of Political Science and Economic.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
James L. Sorensen Molecular Biotechnology Building Lobby and Auditorium

Looking for a career opportunity in the growing power or energy industry? Come participate in the exclusive new event, Utah Power & Energy Career Expo. This is a unique opportunity to meet representatives from the power and energy industry in a new individualized format. Seating is limited and RSVP is required to participate.

Please RSVP here.

Any questions about the event can be addressed to Additional information about the event can be found here.

Discovering History through a Photograph: One Picture, Eight People and the Unexpected Stories of American Life
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 | 11 a.m.
Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium, Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA)

Martha A. Sandweiss, professor of history, Princeton University.

Martha Sandweiss, professor of history at Princeton University, uses a single photograph made during the Fort Laramie Treaty negotiations of 1868 to reveal an astonishing set of stories that encompasses all of the drama of nineteenth-century life in the United States. Presented in conjunction with “The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West,” on view now at the UMFA.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
University of Utah Redwood Health Center, Conference Room 1
1525 West 2100 South, Salt Lake City

University of Utah’s National Diabetes Prevention Program is a lifestyle change program that can help prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.

A free information session where we will discuss the research behind the program, how to determine if you are eligible, and how to register. We will also review the 12-month schedule that begins this upcoming February.

Please call 801-213-8720 or to have your name added to the roster.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
University of Utah Farmington Health Center, Conference Room A
165 N. University Ave, Farmington

University of Utah’s National Diabetes Prevention Program is a lifestyle change program that can help prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.

A free information session where we will discuss the research behind the program, how to determine if you are eligible, and how to register. We will also review the 12-month schedule that begins this upcoming February.

Please call 801-213-8720 or email: to have your name added to the roster.

Tuesdays, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26, 2019 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Synapse Bays, Lower level, Eccles Health Sciences Library

February is Black History Month. join us for our Spring 2019 Film Screening, Community Read and Art Gallery Exhibit—co-sponsored by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL).

What is this thing we call race? Where did the idea come from? “Race: The Power of an Illusion” compels viewers to examine some of their most fundamental beliefs about concepts of race. Join us for the screening and discussion of this three-part documentary:

  • Part I: “The Difference Between Us”
  • Part II:  “The Story We Tell”
  • Part III: “The House We Live In”

Each screening will be followed by a 30-minute discussion. Please RSVP for refreshments using the RSVP links below. CME Offered.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 | 5:30-7 p.m. EHSL Synapse, Lower level Part I:  The Difference Between Us RSVP
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 | 5:30-7 p.m. EHSL Synapse, Lower level Part II:  The Story We Tell RSVP
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 | 5:30-7 p.m. EHSL Synapse, Lower level Part III:  The House We Live In RSVP

Discussion leaders:

Check out the online LibGuide for further information about the book and the film, the session facilitator(s), further readings, as well as RSVP links.

Immigrants and the Economy
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

  • Alex Guzman, president of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • José Vincente Borjón López-Coterilla, Consul of Mexico
  • Lara Fritts, director of the Salt Lake City Economic Development Department

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

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

From Hinckley Intern to DC Insider: How to Jump Start your Political Career
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

  • Justin Brown, founder of HillVets Foundation, CEO of The Nimitz Group

This is cosponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Science and the Department of Political Science.

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

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

First Gen-Con
Friday, Feb. 22, 2018 | 12-3 p.m.
Gould Auditorium

The Marriott Library, in partnership with many groups on the University of Utah campus is hosting a first generation symposium to help you become aware of the resources that the university community offers to support you.

Register here.

First-generation students are students whose parents (both) have not graduated from college.

Click here for more information.

Anger, Fear and the Politics of Blame
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 | 4-7 p.m.

S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)

The Annual Tanner-McMurrin Lecture with Professor Martha Nussbaum of the Chicago Law School.

This lecture investigates the climate of simmering anger that disfigures most modern democracies, expressing itself in blaming and targeting of unpopular groups. I argue that a philosophical analysis of anger and its roots in the experience of powerlessness can help us as we move forward.  Beginning with an example from Greek tragedy in which retributive anger is refashioned into constructive work and hope, I focus on the role of retributive desires in most instances of everyday anger.  I argue that the desire for payback is counter-productive since replicating the offense does not correct it.  I then look at the roots of retributive desires in experiences of helplessness. I argue that there is just one species of anger that can help us as we move forward. Called “Transition-Anger” because it faces toward the future, it has the following content: “How outrageous that is! It must not happen again.”  This type of anger eschews retributive thinking in favor of constructive work and hope.  I show its relevance by studying the U. S. Civil Rights movement and the thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This event is sponsored by Westminster College and University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.

2019 Translational Medicine Symposium: Partnerships for Propelling Clinical Translation
Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

University Guest House & Conference Center, 110 South Fort Douglas Boulevard

The 2019 Translational Medicine Symposium will address how clinicians’ ideas and research results can have an impact on patient care—if they are translated into clinical practice. Clinician innovators and entrepreneurs will share their experiences, and panels of experts in diagnostics, therapeutics and medical devices will discuss opportunities, barriers and steps to creating impactful healthcare innovations. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit pending.

Speakers will include Dr. Michael L. Good, Kelvyn Cullimore, president & CEO of BioUtah, J. Michael McIntosh and Kevin Lynch, chief business officer, Recursion Pharmaceuticals.

Register today (There is no charge for the symposium, but registration is required). All University of Utah faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

Contact Kai Kuck, professor, Department of Anesthesiology, at or 801-581-6393, with any questions.

Reviving Utah’s Rural Economies
Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

  • Full panel TBA

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

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

The Armenia – Azerbaijan conflict: Displacement, Occupation and Hopes for Peace
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 | 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

  • Elin Suleymanov, ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States of America

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

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

This is cosponsored by the University of Utah Political Science Department.

Should We Have a Universal Basic Income?
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Hinckley Caucus Room (Gardner Commons)

  • Full panel TBA

Pizza & Politics is free and open to the public.

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

Pedagogy and Relationship Violence: Faculty Working Group
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 | 12-1:30 p.m. (light lunch will be available)
Winder Board Room, Room 300, Park Building

Unfortunately, relationship violence plagues every corner of our university community, and impacts everyone including faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders.  As faculty members, we are in a unique position to educate students from a variety of angles about issues impacting our community, including relationship violence.

If you are interested in incorporating a unit about relationship violence in one of your courses, please join us for a discussion about strategies for effectively engaging students around this topic.  If you already include a unit on this topic, please join us and share your strategies.  When we work together, we accomplish more than when we work alone.

Please RSVP to

If you have questions about this working group, please contact Dr. Chris Linder, Department of Education Leadership and Policy,

Free Coffee + Book Recommends
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 | 1-3 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, Level 1

This book club is unconventional! Come having read any book or come to read a book of your choosing. Pick from favorites of U of U students, librarians, staff and the Campus Store.

Free coffee, hot chocolate and tea are provided.

Go here for more information.

Mindfulness Stress Reduction Course
Every Thursday night through 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.

Intensive Lifestyle Program
Wednesdays, Feb. 13-May 1, 2019 | 5:15-6:45 p.m.    
LS Skaggs Patient Wellness Center

A 12-week medically supervised lifestyle change program includes motivation for behavior change, physical activity, stress management, and nutrition education. Weekly 90-minute group sessions: 45 minutes of group education and 45 minutes of exercise.

Open access to the gym 7-10 a.m., and 4-7 p.m., Monday-Friday

Multiple locations for this class with varying start dates exist.

Register here.

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.

Restoring Balance Self-Care Retreat
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

This one-day CME-accredited retreat is designed for health care professionals including physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains, who are suffering from burnout, compassion fatigue, having difficulty finding a sense of meaning or purpose in their careers, or are simply looking for new ways to manage stress and increase resiliency. The retreat involves didactic teaching, guided stress-reduction exercises including mindfulness and yoga, facilitated group discussion, and time for personal reflection.

The retreat is co-facilitated by Dr. Paul Thielking and Julie Howell. Dr. Thielking is board certified in Psychiatry and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Julie Howell is a certified mindfulness instructor. Both have a long-standing interest in helping health care professionals with stress and burnout, and have been leading self-care retreats for the past several years.

Click here for more information.