Campus Events

University Wellness Fair at the Campus Store
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Campus Store

All University staff, faculty and students are encouraged to attend this event to learn more about campus wellness, health, and safety. The Wellness Fair will feature giveaways, snacks from Kodiak Cakes, drinks from Pepsi and a variety of campus departments tabling to give you information on healthy campus resources. Vendors from the Salt Lake Valley will also be at this event with special offers and promotions only for university employees and students.

Plus, the Campus Store will have an exclusive selection of health and wellness products available for sale at up to 40 percent off. This is a great opportunity to shop the healthy options that the Campus Store provides in outdoor gear, apparel and wellness essentials. See you there.

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 email 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.

“The Splendor of Ancient Maya Hieroglyphs” with Mark van Stone
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 | 7 p.m.
Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium, Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA)

Explore the mystery and beauty of Mayan hieroglyphs with epigrapher Mark Van Stone, professor of art history at Southwestern College. Over the past decades, the ongoing translation of this unique writing system has revealed insight into the Maya, from the victories of kings to names of demons to the writings on a personalized chocolate drinking vessel.

For more information, click here.

The dark side of light pollution
Thursday, Feb. 21 | 7-8:30 p.m.

Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter, 1258 Center Drive, Park City

Light pollution’s negative effects on migratory birds are beginning to be more widely recognized, but what about pollinators, predators, marine ecosystems, even the air we breathe? Come learn about the current research, conservation efforts and citizen-science opportunities.

In partnership with Tracy Aviary, Jess Cleeves of the Utah chapter of the International Dark Sky Association and the University of Utah’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education will enlighten us to the many ways that artificial light at night influences everything from wildlife behavior to air quality.

$5 per person | Free for Swaner members

Space is limited. Register to ensure your spot here.

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 and 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.

Black Cultural Center Open House & Blessing
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 | 12:30-3:30 p.m.
95 Fort Douglas Blvd

The Black Cultural Center at the University of Utah is designed to holistically enrich, educate and advocate for students, faculty and staff through black-centered programming.

The center will build a sense of belonging and community at the U with the goal of increasing the recruitment and retention of black students, staff and faculty.

Lecture with UCLA Professor Aradhna Tripati: ‘The Dynamics of Climate Change
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 | 4-5 p.m.
Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building, Room 210

The scientific research that constructs our understanding of how the Earth’s climate changes can seem complex and arcane to the casual viewer. Yet without this specialized knowledge, it would be hard to work towards a more sustainable future. Some scientists are working hard to bridge this gap between important scientific research and diverse access to science to bring opportunities and knowledge to a greater audience and diversify STEM and sustainability efforts.

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, attend professor Aradhna Tripati’s lecture for the Global Change and Sustainability Center’s Seminar Series, “The Dynamics of Climate Change,” from 4-5 p.m. in ASB 210, where she will discuss her ongoing efforts to connect complex scientific research to education, outreach and sustainability.

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.

Expand Your Languages: Language Fair
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 | 12-2 p.m.
Marriott Library East Entrance

Come experience a lesson in one of the following less commonly taught languages: Cambodian, Vietnamese, Nahuatl and Portuguese.

This is a great way to experience a language lesson to decide on enrolling in the language course the Fall Semester 2019 or just for fun.

Win a lunch.

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 from the Department of Education Leadership and Policy at

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 students, librarians, staff and the Campus Store.

Free coffee, hot chocolate and tea are provided.

Go here for more information.

‘Stranger & Stranger’ Launch Event
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 | 5:30 p.m.
Phillips Gallery: 444 East 200 South, Salt Lake City

Join us to celebrate the release of the fine press book “Stranger and Stranger,” published by Red Butte Press at the J. Willard Marriott Library. The book contains poems by Katharine Coles, distinguished professor of English, and artwork by Maureen O’Hara Ure, professor lecturer in the Department of Art. The event includes a reading, images on display and conversation. Refreshment will be served. “Stranger & Stranger” is a result of the friendship between poet Coles and painter Ure. Working alongside one another, the two have maintained an artistic dialogue for 25 years. In “Stranger & Stranger,” visual and textual beasts intermingle to create reader-envisioned water, air and landscapes. Imagery for the bestiary was extracted from Ure’s paintings, translated for letterpress printing into photopolymer plates and arranged in dynamic interaction with Cole’s poems.

This event is free and open to the public.

‘Classism, Racism, Migration and Mental Health Interplay’
Exhibit on display through Feb. 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, a black student and as a black employee in Utah.

Sethunya is a peace activist, a pharmacy technologist, a mother, an opera singer and a Unitarian seminarian. Sethunya 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.

Sethunya 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.

Join us for the 6th Annual ArtsForce Networking Event and Luncheon
March 2, 2019 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gould Auditorium at Marriott Library

Pick up useful life skills for during and after college, learn networking strategies and hear about job and internship opportunities for summer and beyond.

Come and meet people working in the arts and ask questions over a free meal.

Click here to RSVP for this event.

Exclusive Suit Up for U
Sunday, March 3, 2019 | 6-9 p.m.
JCPenny, Valley Fair Mall

In need of a suit for your upcoming interview? Or new work clothes to spice up your attire?

The Career & Professional Development Center at the University of Utah is partnering with J.C. Penny at Valley Fair Mall to offer U students, faculty and staff a significant discount on professional attire and accessories. J.C. Penney will close their doors to the public and open exclusively to the University of Utah community.

  • Shop professional attire-EXTRA 40 percent off already marked down prices
  • Free mini-makeovers at Sephora
  • Up-dos at the J.C. Penny salon
  • Free professional headshots for your LinkedIn profile

Need a ride to J.C. Penny? Lyft is offering a 25 percent off promo code for individuals going to and from J.C. Penny on the day of the event. Entering the promo code SUITUP2019, here.

Bring your UCard to get these special discounts.

53RD ANNUAL WILLIAM H. LEARY LECTURE: ‘The Constitution and Reproductive Justice in the Age of Trump’
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | Public reception 5:30-6 p.m. | Lecture 6-7:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)

Free parking is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. We encourage you to use public transportation to our events. Take TRAX University line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block north. The law school is on the Red Route for the university’s free campus shuttles.

This event is free and open to the public. Online registration appreciated at , one hour Utah CLE credit available.

Sixth Annual Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women’s Legacy Lecture
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 7 p.m.
J. Willard Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, Level 1

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 Paul Thielking and Julie Howell. Thielking is board certified in Psychiatry and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. 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.