Highlighted Events

Monday, Nov. 9 | 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Law building, Flyn Faculty Scholarship Room (6500)

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino knew she’d identified the man who brutally raped her from a photo-line up in 1984. Then a 22-year-old college student, Thompson-Cannino awoke in her apartment when she heard a noise in her bedroom. Moments later, she was sexually assaulted. During the ordeal, she vowed to survive —and paid attention to her assailant’s features so she could help the police identify him. When authorities brought a man named Ronald Cotton in as a possible suspect for Thompson-Cannino’s rape, she was certain he was her attacker. So was a jury, after hearing Thompson-Cannino’s testimony. Cotton would later be convicted of the crime and sentenced to prison.

There was one problem: Thompson-Cannino was wrong.

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Monday, Nov. 9 | 6-8 p.m.
Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building, Room 109
Lemba JewsThe Lemba are an African tribe now experiencing a “Jewish renaissance” after generations of relative isolation. According to their oral tradition, the Lemba descend from Jews who journeyed to southern Africa from ancient Israel. These claims have been supported by widely-publicized DNA research on the so-called “Cohen haplotype gene” found among the priestly class of the Lemba community.*

Please join us for this exciting discussion that will challenge and enrich our conceptions of identity, race, community and religious belonging in the era of globalization.


Monday, Nov. 9 | 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Fall Percussion
Come one, come all to the Percussion Extravaganza. This concert will showcase the award winning University of Utah Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Chamber Group, and The University of Utah Drumline. A variety of literature for percussion will be on display from classical to contemporary, as well as non-western and jazz-influenced works.

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Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Libby Gardner Concert Hall
Lewis3U.S. Rep. John Lewis will speak at the University of Utah Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at Libby Gardner Concert Hall.

Lewis is a civil rights icon who recently published the first two graphic novels in a trilogy that chronicle his perspective of the civil rights movement, called March. Lewis spoke at the March on Washington, immediately before Martin Luther King Jr. and is still an actively involved U.S. Congressman. Come and be inspired by John Lewis.

He will be joined by co-author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell.

If you don’t have tickets:

The Network, in association with the Honors College, will be live streaming John Lewis’ talk on November 10th. Come join us in the Collegiate Room of the Union for pizza and conversation as we watch Lewis’ speech live directly from Libby Gardner Hall.

Lewis is a civil rights icon who recently published the first two graphic novels in a trilogy that chronicle his perspective of the civil rights movement, called “March.” Lewis spoke at the march on Washington, immediately before Martin Luther King Jr. and is still an actively involved U.S. Rep. Come and be inspired by John Lewis.

For students unable to get tickets come join us and don’t miss a word of this historic event, while enjoying free pizza.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 12 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, level one
The J. Willard Marriott Library welcomes Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, the assistant director for the National Science Foundation’s Directorate of Engineering for the William R. and Erlyn J. Gould Distinguished Lecture on Technology and the Quality of Life.

The event will be held Nov. 10 at noon at the J. Willard Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, level 1. It is free and open to the public.

Engineering research and resulting technologies have had enormous influence on society since the industrial revolution. The pace of discovery and invention continues to accelerate in many areas of engineering such as nanotechnology, engineering for biology and medicine, and engineering for energy, water, agriculture, infrastructure, and natural resources. In this talk, Khargonekar will discuss major trends and forces that are shaping the advances in engineering and technology. Success of technological advances is inextricably linked with its connection to people at various levels as individuals, groups, communities, organizations, nations, and the world. I will share my thoughts on the enormous opportunities ahead as we look to shaping the 21st century of human progress.

Khargonekar is formerly Dean of the University of Florida’s College of Engineering and Deputy Director for Technology at the U. S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project’s Agency-Energy

Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 6 p.m. movie screening, 7 p.m. panel discussion
Health Sciences Education Building, HSEB, 3515B

Many factors beyond provider control dictate the care our patients receive, but how many providers go beyond their clinical duties to advocate for their ability to provide the best care possible? Come and learn how to be an advocate for your patients beyond your clinic walls.

The Utah chapter of Primary Care Progress will be screening “Donut Hole: Life in the Medicaid Coverage Gap,” a timely portrayal of the Utahns who are suffering in the medicaid coverage gap created by Spencer Merrick and John Sanchez, second year medical students here at the University of Utah. Following the film, we will hear from current health care providers who go beyond their clinical demands to make a difference. Come hear their inspiring stories and learn the logistics of being an advocate.


  • Sara Woolsey, family medicine physician, president at Utah Academy of Family Physicians and medical director at Health Insight
  • Brad Pace, PA-C, Executive Director of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Kyle Bradford Jones, family medicine physician
  • Spencer Merrick, MS2, director of “Donut Hole: Life in the Medicaid Coverage Gap”

Please join us to view this powerful and timely film and help us inspire our community of health professionals.

Please RSVP here to ensure adequate dinner is provided.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 7 p.m.
Little America Hotel

The University of Utah Department of Communication has chosen Brad C. Parkin, associate director of Utah’s Hogle Zoo, as this year’s Parry D. Sorensen Distinguished Lecturer. Parkin will be honored at our annual Town & Gown Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Little America Hotel, where he will also present a talk titled “The Art of Storytelling in Marketing, Media and Mass Communication.” This event celebrates the important role professional communicators play in the education of U students. Public relations professionals, students and those interested in this important field are welcomed to attend the event, which will also include a reception following the talk.

Wednesday, Nov. 11 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium
Social Soup Flyer_Final
The Social Soup Lecture Series is an opportunity to converse on social, economic and environmental issues surrounding food over a shared meal. Join us on Nov. 11 for a free meal and lecture by Anim Steel. Anim Steel is passionate about building a better food system. He is the director and founder of the Real Food Generation, which was instrumental in creating the Real Food Challenge that will bring local, sustainable and fair food to universities nationwide by 2020.

RSVP for this free event at Events@CSBS.utah.edu with subject line: Social Soup.




Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Renowned local yoga instructor Scott Moore will lead free yoga classes in the UMFA’s Great Hall. These classes will explore the connections between the practice of yoga and the experience of art. Limited mats are available.




Wednesday, Nov. 11 | 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Thompson Chamber Music Hall
U Women's Choir
The University of Utah Women’s Chorus, directed by Jessica Nápoles will be presenting works by Persichetti, Mozart and selections from the popular musical “Into the Woods.” Come and enjoy this delightful ensemble comprised of talented female singers from across the University of Utah campus.

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Thursday, Nov. 12 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Hayes Christensen Theatre, Marriott Center for Dance – Alice Sheets (MCD)
Utah Ballet
The Department of Ballet’s season opens with a world premier by internationally renowned choreographer Lesley Telford, former dancer for Netherlands Dans Theater, showcasing stunning dancers from both the Departments of Ballet and Modern Dance. Other works include: “Bow Out” by San Francisco based Val Caniparoli and a world premiere from faculty member Melonie Buchanan Murray.

Visit ballet.utah.edu for more information and ticket prices.




Thursday, Nov. 12 | 6 p.m. social, 7 p.m. game
Jon Huntsman Center Lounge
FC Volleyball
All faculty are invited join the Faculty Club for a free evening of socializing, food and volleyball. The pregame social includes a chalk talk with coach Beth Launiere, followed by reserved seats for members. Faculty Club members meet regularly to connect with colleagues from across campus, where they share ideas and often find unique opportunities for collaboration. All faculty are invited to join the Faculty Club for just $5 per month. Members have access to monthly socials, discounted hotel rooms at the Marriott University Park, discounted theatre and museum tickets with group gatherings before or after, discounted basketball and volleyball tickets with pregame pizza parties, a family holiday party, access to the Faculty Club cabin and more.

Thursday, Nov. 12 | 7 p.m.
Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. Broadway

Case Against 8
The Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah will host a public screening of the Sundance film, “The Case Against 8” at the Salt Lake Film Society’s Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. Broadway, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. The film’s director Ryan White will lead a Q&A session immediately following the screening. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets can be obtained at the theatre’s box office.

On June 26, 2015, the United States became the 21st nation to legalize same-sex marriage as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergelell v. Hodges. The court ruled that the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples violated the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The road to this decision was long, and began with the legal battle to overturn Proposition 8 in California.

“The Case Against 8” draws back the curtain on one of the most contentious legal cases of recent years that paved the way for the ultimate Supreme Court ruling.

“‘The Case Against 8’” captures a pivotal moment in our recent past,” said Tanner Humanities Center Director Bob Goldberg. “This law suit was a critical factor in building the momentum that pressed our society into insuring that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were guaranteed to all Americans.”

Thursday, Nov. 12 | 9:30p.m.-12 a.m.

Salt Lake City Sports Complex
Utah Hockey
The Utes open up a three-game weekend at home as they take on Cal State Northridge at the Utah Ice Sheet. The Utes have never played against the Matadors, who finished 14th in the ACHA West Rankings last season.

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Saturday, Nov. 14 | 2-5 p.m.
Red Butte Garden
Meet the Artists Reception on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 2-5 p.m.

Nov. 6-Dec. 20 – GLASS ART SHOW

The Glass Art Guild of Utah returns to Red Butte Garden for another stunning show of kiln work and blown glass. Large and small pieces including garden art, decorative boxes, sculptural works and jewelry pieces will display the brilliant colors of this delightful medium. Items displayed will be available for sale.

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Sunday, Nov. 15 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Natural History Museum of Utah
NHMU behind the scenesMeet the scientists who manage and study the 1.5 million objects in the Natural History Museum of Utah’s vast collections, and get an insider’s view into many interesting specimens and artifacts not usually seen by the public.

  • Get access to a huge room filled with fossils, including the recently announced pig-snouted turtle, and meet our world-renowned paleontologists.
  • Explore the museum’s fascinating anthropology collections with our resident archaeologists. See objects dating from 11,500 B.C. to present day and learn how instrumental they are to our understanding of human history in western North America.
  • See our extensive biology collections, including drawers filled with spectacular butterflies and insects and a wide array of plants and animals.

Don’t miss this unique, special event to see stunning artifacts, learn more about current research from our scientists, and discover how we care for the objects at the museum.

For more information and ticket pricing, click here.

Oct. 30-Nov. 14
Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre
Outside Mullingar
Pioneer Theatre Company presents the contemporary Irish romantic comedy “Outside Mullingar,” Oct. 30 – Nov. 14, 2015.

“Outside Mullingar” was nominated for a Tony for Best Play during the 2014 season. Playwright John Patrick Shanley won both the Tony and the Pulitzer Prize for his play “Doubt” (produced at PTC in 2007) and won an Academy Award for his screenplay for the film “Moonstruck.”

For more information, visit pioneertheatre.org.




Tuesday, Nov. 17 | 4-5 p.m.
Aline Skaggs Biology Building, Room 210
Abatzoglou announcement
“Western U.S. Wildfire in the Anthropocene: Is anthropogenic climate change responsible for the new normal of wildfire activity across the western U.S.?”

A significant uptick in wildfire activity across the western U.S. is evident since the turn of the millennia. The consortium of factors that enabled these changes include both natural climate variability as well as anthropogenic factors including land management policies.

John Abatzaglou, associate professor, Deparment of Geography, University of Idaho.

Abatzglou is a climatologist with a research interests spanning the weather-climate continuum and both theoretical and applied aspects.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 | 6-9 p.m.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
wsff-posterThe Wild and Scenic Film Festival is the Environment & Sustainability Studies Program‘s annual fundraiser for student scholarships. A group of dedicated students, known as the Sustainability Leadership Committee, has been organizing this event. These students researched and selected a number of captivating films that celebrate wilderness. The event will also feature a silent auction with items donated by local business and a delicious spread of locally sourced food. Come to enjoy the films and food while supporting fellow students.

Cost: $10 for students and $15 for non-students.
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Thursday, Nov. 19 | 7 p.m.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts auditorium
WASATCH-free films series

ASUU’s Campus Events Board is proud to present a special screening of the Wasatch Film Festival on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts auditorium. The Campus Events Board has partnered with Wasatch Mountain Arts, a nonprofit organization, to bring this showcase of various films featuring stories of outdoor recreation and winter sports. Giveaways and prizes are available.

Student tickets are $5 with a student ID and non-student tickets are available for $10. Tickets can be purchased in ASUU office (Union 234) and at Outdoor Adventures in the Student Life Center. Call ASUU 801-581-2788 or visit asuu.utah.edu/wasatchfilmfestival for list of films and more information.