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Annual Reynolds Lecture
Scott Sampson on the extinction of experience: Can love of place save the world?

Paleontologist Scott Sampson gives the annual Reynolds Lecture on Sept. 27.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m.
Rice-Eccles Stadium Varsity Room
RSVP required. Call 801-585-0911
Scott D. Sampson, research curator at the Natural History Museum of Utah and adjunct professor of geology and geophysics at the U, will discuss how we might broker a new human nature relationship in the digital age. Sampson’s idea, the Topophilia Hypothesis, proposes that we all have an innate bias to form emotional bonds with nature and that this may be the essential key to environmental conservation. Sampson served as the primary scientific consultant and host of the Discovery Channel’s Dinosaur Planet, and as “Dr. Scott” on the PBS series Dinosaur Train. Read more here.


David P. Gardner Annual Lecture on Art & Culture
Mormonism and the Public Good

Richard Bushman

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m.
Olpin Union, Saltair Room
Richard Bushman, highly regarded historian of Mormonism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will explore how the conflicting political opinions on resolving national problems and the differing definitions of public good arise out of basic contradictions in our national values and therefore will perpetually recur. The question posed is: Can Mormonism, a religious tradition of particular relevance to Utahns, contribute to the resolution of these fundamental disagreements? For more information contact Rachel Marston at the Tanner Humanities Center or call 801-581-7989.


Tech Fair
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Union Ballroom
The UTECH Computer Department at the University Campus Store is sponsoring a free tech fair featuring more than 25 companies, including Apple and Lenovo. See the latest cutting-edge products, enter drawings for more than $5,000 in prizes and check out a Utah Red Zone fashion show (noon to 12:30 p.m.). Seminars will be presented by Apple, Adobe, Rocky Mountain RAM, Marriott Library, College of Nursing, S.J. Quinney College of Law and the Campus Store. A light lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. For additional information call 801-581-4776. Seminar information and registration are available here.

The Global Significance of the Southern Grassroots Freedom Struggle

Though too young to vote, Bobby Simmons proclaims his convictions on his forehead. After he walked all the way to Montgomery, Bobby said, “You be rejoicing once you accomplish your goal and get there.” Selma-Montgomery, Alabama, 1965. Photo by Matt Herron.

A presentation by Clayborne Carson, professor of history, Stanford University; director, Stanford’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Monday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.
Film & Media Arts Building Auditorium
Selected in 1985 by the late Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband, Carson has devoted most of his professional life to studying Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired. 

Panel discussion

Tuesday, Oct. 4, noon to 2 p.m.
Marriott Library Gould Auditorium
Moderated by Robert Goldberg, director, Tanner Humanities Center, the panel will include Carson; Jon Else, documentary filmmaker who served as producer and cinematographer for the PBS series, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years; Vincent Harding, a Civil Rights Movement veteran, author, and Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at Iliff School of Theology; and Judy Richardson, a movement veteran, early staff worker with SNCC, associate producer of Eyes on the Prize, and author of the recently published, Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC.

Legacies of the Civil Rights Movement

A month-long symposium on four Utah college campuses, will conclude Oct. 3-4 at the U with the theme, “Teaching the Movement.” The symposium is setting the stage for the debut of This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, a major, new traveling exhibition produced by the CDEA that will open at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City on Oct. 8. The exhibition presents the southern freedom struggle through the work and voices of nine activist photographers—men and women who chose to document the national struggle against segregation and other forms of race-based disenfranchisement from within the movement. The symposium provides an opportunity to deepen public engagement with the CDEA exhibition and the Civil Rights Movement as a whole, by providing an open public forum to examine the role of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which has been overlooked by popular media accounts of the movement; and the impact of ordinary people on the southern freedom struggle of the 1960s. A schedule of symposium events is available here.

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