Campus Events

Dance Marathon Information Session
Monday, March 18, 2019 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Gould Auditorium

Save the date for the Dance Marathon information session. Join ASUU and Dance Marathon as we introduce this philanthropy benefit to the University of Utah Campus. Dance Marathon is a fun and engaging dance event benefiting patients at Primary Children’s Hospital. This information session will be held at the Gould Auditorium on March 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here you will be able to learn more about what we do and how to get in involved. There will be pizza, games, photo booths, craft stations and the opportunity to meet child patients who will be directly benefiting from the proceeds of Dance Marathon.

Monday, March 18, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Hinckley Caucus Room

Robert Payne, University of Utah Office of General Counsel (Moderator)
Nona Richardson, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Senior Woman Administrator, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, University of Utah
Brian Burton, Dean of Students Office, University of Utah
Brian Nicholls, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, University of Utah
Jessica Miller, legal affairs reporter, The Salt Lake Tribune
Free and open to the public.
*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium

The University of Utah is proposing to increase student tuition, beginning Summer Term 2019. Actions taken by the Legislature subsequent to the publication of this announcement may make it possible to be more definitive regarding tuition at the meeting. The University Administration will explain the reasons for the proposed tuition increase, address the total increase in tuition to the extent possible, discuss expectations for allocating the increased revenue, and answer questions regarding the increases. All concerned students and citizens are invited to the public hearing on the proposed increase.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Hinckley Caucus Room

Join Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Jason Perry and leadership from the Utah State Senate and House of Representatives as they discuss the policy outcomes from the 2019 General Session.
Free and open to the public.
*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Hinckley Caucus Room

Why do some people experiencing homelessness stay on the streets or in cars, while others go to a shelter? What can cities do to improve the situation for their homeless residents and their neighbors? How can regular citizens help? State and local experts in homelessness share ideas and discuss how to move forward to create a safe place for all Utahns to thrive.

Rob Wesemann, executive director, National Alliance on Mental Illness Utah (Moderator)
Pamela Atkinson, community advocate
Rep. Sandra Hollins, Utah Legislature; licensed clinical social worker
Andrew Johnston, Salt Lake City Council member; vice president of Program Operations, Volunteers of America Utah
Free and open to the public.
*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.
Cosponsored by the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 6:30 p.m.
Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium, Utah Museum of Fine Arts

The story of America’s railroad is complicated and dynamic because it isn’t a single story: it’s many stories. These narratives—including those from our own communities—are personal and significant in ways that aren’t always reflected in how we talk about this shared history.

In conjunction with the exhibition “The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West” and the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike, join us for an evening of community conversation, reflection, collaboration, and art-making that explores the railroad’s impact on our families, towns and lives.

Katherine Kitterman, historical director, Better Days 2020
Darren Parry, chairman, Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation
Judge Michael Kwan, president, Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association
Fred E. Woods, professor, Church History & Doctrine, Brigham Young University

Afterward, Luminaria co-founders Christine Baczek and David Hyams will discuss the photographic technologies and challenges of the “Race to Promontory” era, provide sample prints and plates for handling, and share photographic equipment used to create those images.

Lecture by Senior Climate Scientist, Director of Climate Science for the Union of Concerned Scientists, Brenda Ekwurzel: “Assessing and Mitigating Risks to Water Resources from Climate Change”
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 4-5 p.m.
Alice B. Skaggs Biology Building (ASB), 210

Co-author of the fourth “National Climate Assessment (NCA4) Volume II,” Brenda Erkwurzel examines the reduction of risks and impacts of climate change to society and offers practical, achievable solutions. Prior to joining UCS, Ekwurzel was on the faculty of the University of Arizona in their department of hydrology and water resources, with a joint appointment in the geosciences department. She has studied climate variability in places as disparate as the Arctic—where her research brought her to the North Pole—and the desert Southwest. Earlier in her career, Ekwurzel was a hydrologist, working with communities to protect groundwater.

Ekwurzel earned a B.S. in geology from Smith College and an M.S. in geoscience from Rutgers University. She holds a Ph.D. in isotope geochemistry from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and conducted post-doctoral research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in California.

This lecture is co-hosted by the Global Change & Sustainability Center, Department of Geology & Geophysics and the Society, Climate and Water Research Group.

Wallace Stegner Center 24th Annual Symposium: Recreation Challenges on Public Lands
Thursday and Friday, March 21-22, 2019
S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)

In recent years, outdoor recreation has become a primary use of the public lands, creating myriad conflicts, challenges and opportunities. A substantial portion of the public domain is managed for recreation in the form of national parks, national monuments, wilderness areas, and the like, drawing millions of visitors annually. Outdoor recreation is now big business, constituting two percent of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), which is more than agriculture, mining, or oil and gas development individually contribute to the nation’s GDP. Conflicts have grown more intense between recreation users (e.g. hikers, mountain bikers, and ATVers), and new environmental problems have surfaced in the form of soil erosion, water pollution, and wildlife displacement, while the land management agencies lack the necessary resources to effectively address these problems. The symposium will first examine the economic, social, and legal framework for recreation on the public lands, and then extract lessons from specific recreation problems in the Wasatch Mountains and the Moab area. A symposium highlight will be “A Conversation with the Secretary” between Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the Interior, and Robert Keiter of the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law. Jewell will discuss her unique perspective on conservation and recreation, based on her experience as Secretary of the Interior and as former CEO of REI.

Visit the event website to see the agenda and speaker list.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 | 1-2 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Hinckley Caucus Room

Come learn what is happening in Yemen, which is facing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, from guest speakers Scott Paul and Andrea Prasow. Paul is the humanitarian policy lead for Oxfam and Prasow is the deputy Washington director for Human Rights Watch.

Years of conflict in Yemen have led to economic collapse and a nearly complete breakdown of the country’s health system.  Yemen is experiencing food shortages, disease outbreaks and the ongoing war has taken a terrible toll on civilians.

Free and open to the public.

*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.
Cosponsored by the Barbara and Norman Tanner Center for Human Rights.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 6-8 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Join us for a Q&A with Dan Pfeiffer. Pfeiffer is the cohost of the podcast “Pod Save America” and was a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama.
This event is free and open to the community, however, you must reserve your seat ahead of time. Reserve your ticket here.
Please note that this event will take place at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, not the Hinckley Institute of Politics.
Presented in partnership with the Associated Students of the University of Utah.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House, Upstairs ballroom

Personalized medicine promises to deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right price. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have the potential to accelerate discoveries and the implementation of personalized medicine. To maximize the potential of AI and ML, researchers and health care providers will need to obtain data from large patient cohorts and apply the latest AI and ML algorithms and techniques. Please join nationally-renowned experts in personalized medicine, AI and ML, computer science, genomics, epidemiology, regulatory science and bioethics at this full-day symposium. Our invited speakers will cover a range of topics from the complexities of expansive research cohorts (e.g., the All of Us research program) to cutting-edge computational techniques.

For full details, including agenda, please visit our website.

This event is free and open to the public. To register, please RSVP here.

For more information, contact Samantha Weeks at 801-587-3309 or

Monday, March 25, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Hinckley Caucus Room

Juliette Tennert, director of Economic and Public Policy Research, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute
Nilufer Cagatay, professor, Department of Economics; co-director, GEM-IWG, University of Utah
Claudia Geist, associate professor, Gender Studies and Department of Sociology
Günseli Berik, professor, Department of Economics; affiliated faculty, Asian Studies Program
Sen. Luz Escamilla, Utah State Legislature

Free and open to the public.
*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.
Cosponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and the Women’s Enrollment Initiative.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 | 4-6 p.m.
Olpin Union Building, Saltair Room

The Career & Professional Development Center will host a panel of U alumni who will be speaking specifically about their experiences navigating the workforce as a person of color. This diverse group of professionals will bring to light various challenges they face, such as feeling tokenized, approaching different power dynamics and finding a network of allies they can rely on. This event is back by popular demand, as students and staff praised the inaugural event last year for giving people of color a safe space. It allowed professionals to share their personal stories and give advice to students of color who will soon be navigating the workforce. Industries represented on the panel this year include government, finance, education and law. To learn more about the attending panelist click here. This event is open to both students of color and their allies.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 1-3 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium

Stop by the Gould Auditorium for a free coffee, hot chocolate, tea or lemonade. Take a look at some of the displays on the tables of various book recommends from students, faculty and librarians, and even check it out there.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 12-1 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Hinckley Caucus Room

A Challenge to Higher Education: In the era of mass incarceration, how can colleges and universities be part of the solution?

Nationally, the importance of access to higher education for formerly and currently incarcerated individuals has been introduced with the Beyond the Box Coalition and Second Chance Pell Initiative. In a discussion with local leaders, we will examine how Utah and the West can incorporate these strategies as we seek to reduce incarceration rates and recidivism.

Lara Jones, host of “RadioActive” on KRCL (Moderator)
Rep. Sandra Hollins, Utah State Legislature, licensed clinical social worker
Cindy Fierros, Utah Prison Education Project
Chuck Williams, SLCC prison education alumni coordinator

Free and open to the public.
*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.
Cosponsored by Students Against Mass Incarceration and the University of Utah Prison Education Project.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Red Rock Room

Presenters: Ally Gallop, Jordan Harris, & Andrea Ovard

National Nutrition Month Sports Nutrition Panel–Come join three nutrition and exercise experts, Jordan Harris (exercise specialist), Andrea Ovard (registered dietitian) and Allison Gallop, as they answer sit on a panel to discuss various topics in sports nutrition. This presentation will be useful for both the individual with sports nutrition questions, as well as the healthcare provider looking for more information on counseling clients in this area.

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.

Thursday-Saturday, March 28-30, 2019
Campus Store

Grad Fair is March 28-30 at the Campus Store. If you are eligible to walk in May 2019, now is the time to order your cap, gown and graduation announcements, buy your diploma frame and start celebrating your achievement.

Grad Fair dates and times are below:

  • Thursday, March 28 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, March 29 | 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 30 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

At Grad Fair, you will have the opportunity to get professional photos taken, order unique graduation announcements, and visit with a variety of campus vendors. Plus, don’t forget to sign the block U that is featured at Commencement after Grad Fair and enter-to-win a variety of prizes.

If you prefer to skip the lines at Grad Fair, go to to pre-order your regalia now. You can select in-store pick-up starting March 28 or have it shipped to you.

Bridging the Divide
Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 12:15-1:15 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, Level 6

A Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag lecture.

In his presentation on “Bridging the Divide,” Sen. Jeff Bingaman will discuss the obstacles that make it difficult to find common ground on policy disputes in Washington, D.C. He will discuss the tactics that undermine the proper functioning of the federal government, including shutdowns, threats to default on the national debt and Senate refusal to consider presidential nominations.

Read more here.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Hinckley Caucus Room

Utah communities are diversifying with new neighbors from around the globe. Learn the best ways to bring together self-reliant, displaced women and their new communities with founder and executive director of Women of the World. Women of the World is a woman refugee, asylum seeker, immigrant service and capacity building nonprofit operating in Salt Lake City since 2010.

Samira Harnish, founder and executive director, Women of the World

Free and open to the public.
*The Hinckley Institute neither supports nor opposes the views expressed in this forum.
Cosponsored by the Barbara and Norman Tanner Center for Human Rights.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 7-8:30 p.m.
Salt Lake City Main Library, Tessman Auditorium
210 E 400 South

Rebecca Solnit will receive the second annual Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities. Solnit is a distinguished public intellectual and climate activist. Her work engages environmental justice, indigenous history, feminism and popular power. She is the author of 20 books including “Men Explain Things to Me” and “Hope in the Dark.”

The Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities celebrates environmental leadership and expression. It honors those who solve the planet’s environmental problems using tools of the humanities, such as creative expression, scholarly research, popular art forms and advocacy.
The event is free of charge and open to the public.

The Real Life Challenge is back
Now through Sunday, March 31, 2019

It is a four-week lifestyle journey, dedicated to improving your health, fitness and overall well-being—one habit at a time.

Each day for the duration of the four-week Real Life Challenge, you’ll get points for completing each of the five daily habits, which are mindful eating, mindset, exercise and movement, sleep and social and environmental.

The Real Life Challenge runs from March 1-31, 2019, so be on the lookout for future invitations to come your way or click here to login and sign up.

Monday-Friday, April 1-5, 2019 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Marriott Library, Room 1100A

This week-long book sale is open to the public with prices dropping every day.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 12:15-3 p.m.
Gardner Commons, Eccles Auditorium, Room 2950

Come learn about the new interdisciplinary research center at the University of Utah that will bring together researchers in pursuit of innovative solutions to society’s grand challenges.

The center is called NEXUS—shorthand for iNterdisciplinary EXchange for Utah Science—and is the creation of the College of Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS) in collaboration with colleges and schools across the U.

Ken Smith is the new center’s director. Smith is a distinguished professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies and Population Sciences at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. He is director of the Utah Population Database and the Wasatch Front Secure Data Center, a key component of NEXUS.

The open house also will feature presentations on five Transformative Excellence Programs: Consortium for Families and Health Research; Society, Water & Climate; Sustaining Biodiversity; Health Policy & Health Economics; and Resilient Spaces.

The Scholar Strategy Network also will make a presentation and the Research Development Office will conduct a workshop on preparing grant proposals.

Tours will take place from 2-3 p.m.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

Union Scholarship Celebration
Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
A. Ray Olpin University Union

Join us as we celebrate 41 recipients, awarding over $160,000 in scholarships at the ninth annual Union Scholarship Celebration.

Started in 2011, the Union Scholarship Celebration has raised money for the Union Scholarship Fund. Because of support from donors like you, we are excited to announce that the Union is now able to provide $160,000 in scholarships this year.

We invite you to join us in celebrating and recognizing student involvement and leadership. Help the Union raise money for scholarships while enjoying scholarship award presentations, a catering showcase provided by Dining Services and over a hundred silent auction items.

Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table of eight.

Purchase tickets here.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Siciliano Auditorium, Gardner Commons

Join us for a guided conversation with Elizabeth Cowley from the One Love Foundation about what healthy relationships look like and how to spot red flags early and when and where to connect to campus resources.

This event is sponsored by Resilient U: Healthy Relationships Working Group. President Ruth Watkins commissioned the working group to raise awareness and spark conversations about healthy relationships and is part of campus-wide efforts to enhance safety at the U.

The One Love Foundation is the national leader in educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships and galvanizing them as leaders in changing statistics around abuse, sexual assault and harassment.

Friday, April 5, 2019 | 10 a.m. | 11:45 a.m. | 1:15 p.m.
Olpin Union Building, Panorama East Room

Elizabeth Cowley from the One Love Foundation will provide three training sessions on healthy relationships—what a healthy relationship looks like, how to identify an unhealthy relationship, how to help a friend and helpful resources. Free pizza will be served at the 11:45 a.m. session.

Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jon M. Huntsman Center

As future students and their families gather in the Jon M. Huntsman Center arena early on a spring day, there’s an excitement in the air driving out any last yawns. These newly admitted students are on campus for Red White & U day.

Red White & U is designed to give a snapshot of life as a Utah student. Structured like a choose-your-own-adventure, there are options to attend housing and campus tours, information sessions, and other student resources.

“We use Red White & U as a way to congratulate these students and their hard work to be accepted to the U. We also encourage them to jump right into the full Utah experience,” said Rakin Hall, executive director of Admissions. “It’s a big event with a lot of excitement and we look forward to welcoming students and their families on campus.”

This year’s event will be hosted on Saturday, April 6, 2019. In addition to attending different activities, students will have the option to talk to current students as well as representatives from admissions, scholarships and financial aid, residency, and more.

Students and their parents are also welcome to join us the evening before at additional events. On April 5, 2019, students can attend Red White & U: After Dark to hang out with current students and enjoy food and games. Parents are invited to attend Red White & U: Parent Reception to meet other prospective student parents and mingle with University of Utah administration.

We highly recommend academic departments and other campus institutions to encourage their newly admitted students to attend Red White & U. Please visit the Red White & U page for more information.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 12-2 p.m.
Marriott Library, Room 1170

Free refreshments will be provided. This film takes us on an entertaining journey through space and time in an attempt to restore our faith in what we believe makes the world go around: Money.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 12-1:30 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium

Bystander intervention training empowers students to intervene in (and prevent) potentially harmful situations. Stepping in to assist another person that is experiencing harm or abuse is an important part of helping and supporting people in our community. Standing up to de-escalate violence can be difficult but each student at the U plays a valuable role in making our campus a safer place.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Marriott Library, Room 1705F

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. “The Cask of Amontillado” is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. The story, set in an unnamed Italian city at carnival time in an unspecified year, is about a man taking fatal revenge on a friend who, he believes, has insulted him.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Join University of Utah Health for the Salt Lake City Marathon on April 13.

Students receive a 25 percent discount on their registration. Please submit a copy of your student ID to to receive a special discount code.

Employees receive a special 30 percent discount with the following code: uofuhealthruns19

There is something for everyone with seven events to choose from. Whether you’re a seasoned runner going for a PR or brand new and looking to take on your first 5k, we’ve got you covered:

Full (BQ)  |  Half  |  10k  |  5k
Bike Tour  |  10k Skate  |  Kids K

Register here.

Foundations of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 
Wednesdays, April 17-May 8, 2019 | 6-8 p.m.
U of U Health Resiliency Center | Health Sciences Education Building, Room 5775 (26 S. 2000 E.)

Experience our own renewal and rebirth this spring.  Through mindfulness practices, we will reconnect with ourselves and our lives.  This course is an introduction or a refresher to MBSR.  We will:  engage in mindfulness meditations, gentle yoga, mindful eating and mindful communication and integrate mindfulness into daily life to reduce stress and experience more joy, mental clarity and well-being.

The course is for the public and for employees and costs $99.

Click here to register.

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.

Violence Against Women: Changing Perspective
Now through April 27, 2019 | Library hours
Multiple events and exhibits at Eccles Health Sciences Library

During the months of March and April 2019, Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) is focusing its programming on Violence Against Women—Changing Perspective.

Throughout these two months, we will host several events to bring attention to the reality of violence against women in our community through different perspectives. An exhibit from the National Library of Medicine will focus on the history of domestic violence and the role of nurses making a difference. There will be an opportunity to participate in creating a gallery of T-shirts as evidence of the epidemic of violence against women; a lecture that shows how virtual reality is being used to combat domestic violence by putting the perpetrator in the role of the victim; an opportunity to see how virtual reality is changing the perspective in many disciplines; and a panel presentation by local experts who will discuss violence against women in our community.

Intensive Lifestyle Program
Now through 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.