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Celebrating inauguration

In conjunction with President Watkins' inauguration ceremony, the U will hold a variety of events across campus to celebrate the occasion.

By University of Utah Communications

The inauguration for Ruth V. Watkins, the 16th president of the University of Utah, is right around the corner. It will be held Friday, Sept. 21, 3 p.m. in Kingsbury Hall on the U campus, 1395 Presidents Circle. The event is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the ceremony, the U will hold a variety of events across campus to celebrate the occasion. An inauguration symposium focused on public universities and America’s future will bring together thought leaders from across the country to explore some of the most pressing issues facing higher education today, including the role of universities in preparing students for the workforce in the 21st century, collaboration in research and innovation and its economic impact and ways in which universities and communities can be partners for change. It will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and will be live streamed at To view the symposium schedule, click here.

In honor of this historic event, several members of the campus community shared their well-wishes to President Watkins.

Additional events surrounding inauguration include:

[bs_well size=”md”]Utah Women in Medicine Exhibit
Opening Monday, Sept. 17, 2018
Library hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Main Level, Eccles Health Sciences Library

The Utah Women in Medicine Exhibit presents many of the female clinicians and researchers who have contributed to the health sciences legacy of excellence at the University of Utah.[/bs_well]

[bs_well size=”md”]Ice Cream with the President
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 | 2-3 p.m.
Union Plaza

Share your congratulations with President Watkins at a free ice cream social while connecting with fellow U community members. This event is sponsored by the Union and the Union Programming Council.[/bs_well]

[bs_well size=”md”]Does Medical Humanities Still Bridge Only “Two Cultures?”
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 
2018 | 5:30-7 p.m.
Research Administration Building, Room 117

In 1959 a British novelist and scientist argued that “the intellectual life of the whole of Western society is increasingly being split into two polar groups…literary intellectuals at one pole—at the other scientists…between the two a gulf of mutual incomprehension.”

In 1986, Louis Borgenicht wrote an essay, “Medicine Between Two Cultures,” trying to reconcile these two poles. Is this cultural divide relevant to medicine in the 21st century? The U’s Program of Medical Ethics and Humanities presents a discussion of that essay and an exploration of a new cultural divide between medical humanities and health humanities. These distinctions affect the education of health care providers and trainees and, ultimately, healthcare delivery.

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[bs_well size=”md”]Women’s Law Caucus Opening Social
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, Level 6

Please join the Women’s Law Caucus for its opening social, where guests will hear from Justice Paige Petersen of the Utah Supreme Court followed by refreshments, drinks and conversation.

Admission is free for current members of both the Women’s Law Caucus and the Women Lawyers of Utah, and $10 at the door for all other students and guests.

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[bs_well size=”md”]5th Annual Education Symposium: Enhancing Quality of Health Sciences Education
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 | 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Health Sciences Education Building Alumni Hall

The Academy of Health Science Educators presents their 5th Annual Education Symposium focused on enhancing quality of health sciences education. With workshop topics ranging from using learner feedback to enhance skills, mentoring, educating millennials, teaching health systems and social determinants, team-based learning facilitation, responding to micro-aggressions and much more. Invest in your teaching through networking and learning at the symposium.

Find more details and register for the event here.

Registration fees include continental breakfast and lunch.

  • $10 for University of Utah trainees, staff and students
  • $40 University of Utah faculty
  • $50 non-affiliated University of Utah participants

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[bs_well size=”md”]Inauguration Symposium
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 | 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Live streamed at

The U will hold an inauguration symposium on Thursday, Sept. 20, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. focused on public universities and America’s future. The symposium will bring together thought leaders from across the country to explore some of the most pressing issues facing higher education today, including the role of universities in preparing students for the workforce in the 21st century, collaboration in research and innovation and its economic impact and ways in which universities and communities can be partners for change.[/bs_well]

[bs_well size=”md”]AIA Utah presents Ed Steinfeld
Friday, Sept. 21,2018 | 8 a.m.
S.J. Quinney College of Law, Moot Courtroom

Edward Steinfeld, ArchD, AIA is a registered architect and gerontologist with special interests in universal design, accessibility, and design for the lifespan. At The State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), he is a Professor of Architecture and Director of the IDeA Center. Dr. Steinfeld has directed over 30 sponsored research projects, including co-directing the RERC on Universal Design and the Built Environment and the RERC on Accessible Public Transportation. He has over 100 publications and 3 patents. Many of his publications are considered key references in the fields of accessible and universal design; he was a co-author of the seven Principles of Universal Design and the primary author of Universal Design: Creating an Inclusive Environment. He is internationally known for his research and has travelled widely to lecture in many countries.

Learn more here.[/bs_well]

[bs_well size=”md”]2018 Legacy of Lowell Day of Service: 15th Annual Legacy of Lowell Saturday Service Project
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 
| 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Glendale Middle School

The event honors Lowell Bennion, the namesake of the Bennion Center, who devoted his life to one of civic engagement and serving the community. Legacy of Lowell will kick off at Glendale Middle School located at 1430 Andrew Avenue in Salt Lake City.  Project locations may vary.

The event will begin at Glendale Middle School at 8 a.m. and will feature Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and University of Utah President Dr. Ruth Watkins. Check-in and service projects taking place at Glendale Middle School will begin at 9 a.m. Projects taking place at other locations will start at approximately 9:15 a.m. Please refer to the project descriptions and registration below to select your project of choice. Please pay attention to any age requirements or other special instructions.

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[bs_well size=”md”]Anita Hill: “From Social Movement to Social Impact: Ending Sexual Harassment”
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 
| 7 p.m.
Alumni House, University of Utah

The U invites you to attend the Tanner Lecture on Human Values for 2018-19.  Anita Hill is professor of social policy, law and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Brandeis University. She also chairs the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. Her public testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee prior to Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court appointment in 1991 began a national conversation about sexual inequality and harassment, and her lecture will offer historical context and commentary.

Click here for more event information.[/bs_well]

[bs_well size=”md”]The Great Polarization: Economics, Institutions and Policies in the Age of Inequality
Thursday, Sept. 27-Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018
Gardner Commons, 260 Central Campus Drive 

The Department of Economics is sponsoring a two-day conference examining inequality in American society. The conference features a public lecture by Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Siglitz that is free and open to the public, though RSVPs are required.

Stiglitz will give his address on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Siciliano Auditorium in Gardner Commons. His topic is “America’s Growing Inequality: Causes and Remedies.” Stiglitz is university professor at Columbia University, co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the chief economist of the Roosevelt Institute. He received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001.

For more information about the conference and to RSVP to Stiglitz’s lecture, click here.[/bs_well]

[bs_well size=”md”]Dean’s Distinguished Lecture, Presenting Bruce Mau
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 | 12:30 p.m.
UMFA Auditorium 

The College of Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that its Third Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer is the widely-acclaimed designer Bruce Mau who will join our community on Friday, September 28. Bruce Mau is a world-renowned visionary, innovator, author, and designer who founded the Massive Change Network in 2010. In doing so, he laid the foundation for the new discipline of enterprise design, successfully applying his design thinking methodology to economic, cultural, governmental, environmental, and social change for internationally celebrated designers, leading companies, and countries around the world. As Bruce challenges all of us, “We define design as the ability to envision a better future and systematically work to realize that vision. In other words, design is a method of leadership.” This ethos is one fully embraced by our Multi-Disciplinary Design program, and we hope Bruce’s presence will galvanize local excitement for this amazing, emerging program.

Learn more here.[/bs_well]