Events for Lectures/Discussions

Photojournalism: Ethics, Imagery, and Understanding Our World

Join the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy for the Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series. We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Nicole Tung who will address how professional photojournalists continue to tell stories from around the world of human rights issues and the news whilst upholding journalistic ethics and finding one’s own stylistic approach in creating impactful imagery. She will also discuss why photojournalism is still important and vital to a deeper understanding of our world. Additionally, you are invited to join UCCD for a public meet and greet reception with Ms. Nicole Tung at 6:00 pm before the lecture begins at 7:00 pm. This lecture is FREE and open to the public, but please register at For additional questions, please contact Felecia Maxfield-Barrett at | 801.832.3273 |

Lonnie Mayne to Speak at Community Event

Internationally recognized speaker, Lonnie Mayne will speak at Judge Memorial on Wednesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m.. Founder of "Red Shoes Living", Lonnie Mayne will share the Five Pillars in living better lives by standing out in the way you live, the way you interact with people, and your overall contribution in the world. Don't miss this opportunity! All are welcome! Visit for more information. Judge Memorial Catholic High School: 650 South 1100 East, Salt Lake City.

Books and Bridges presents Kristin Matthews

Kristin Matthews, Professor of English at Brigham Young University, will present from her book “Reading America: Citizenship, Democracy, and Cold War Literature.” She examines how literature and reading practices reflected cold war paranoia. The desire to defeat Communism prompted a particular brand of “Americanism” at home. Politicians, educators, cultural critics, and writers linked the activity of reading with being a “good American.” Matthews situates the fiction of J. D. Salinger, Ralph Ellison, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, and Maxine Hong Kingston within these debates, illustrating how Cold War literature was a vested participant in postwar efforts to define good reading and citizenship. This event is organized by Books & Bridges — a community institute of ideas and conversation. Our mission is to facilitate discussion on the best of human thought. We explore the wisdoms of the world and apply them to modern life. We have no political, religious or ideological affiliation. In a society divided by uncivil discourse, the beauty of the humanities—novels, history, philosophy, poetry, ethics and epics—lifts us to our better angels. In our busy world we need space for friends and fellow learners to do a little more heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind.

Science on Tap 3 with Aurelie Kapusta

Join us for Science on Tap 3 where Scientists Talk. People Learn. Everybody Drinks! Invasion of the body snatchers? Is most of your DNA hereditary or was it hijacked? Join Dr. Aurelie will lets us know what the deal is with most of your genome.

Human Trafficking: Architectures of Understanding, Enforcement and Aid

The 2018 Human Trafficking Symposium will discuss how constructions and definitions of human trafficking impact how it is addressed. Who are the victims, who are the criminals, and who determines this and how? Are there policy gaps? Who might be falling through? This year, we have invited professionals and community leaders who work against human trafficking at all levels, from policy to enforcement, from aid to prosecution, to discuss their unique perspectives of what the problem is, its content, and borders. We will discover how each of these organizations work together, discuss what different or competing understandings of the issue are informing conduct and policies, then talk about what is being done, is not being done, and where there are issues that need to be addressed. Visit the event website for more:

Collectors' Book Salon: The Great Finds Salon

Wellers is quite excited to resume our monthly get-togethers for book collectors and biblio-nerds. As is Weller Book Works’ custom for the initial salon of the New Year, on January 26th, we’ll have a sharing event for collectors. This year, we are asking you to bring and show a book that was a “great find,” and tell us why you value it and how and where you found it. One of my favorite aspects of book collecting is that the knowledgeable collector has the ability to recognize important and valuable books that others would overlook. A smart book person with a modest budget will beat wealthy buyers to great books with frequency. Join us Friday, January 26th, for The Great Finds Salon. Bring a book you discovered in an unusual place, rescued from oblivion, or plucked from chaos. We’ll take turns showing our books and telling stories about our discoveries. Readers read alone. Have you missed your bibliophilic buddies? I have. Want to make a new smart friend? Join Weller Book Works for both Collectors’ Book Salons. Friday, January 26, pick your “great find,” grab a friend, don something fine or funny and join us. On February 23 plan on hearing from Daniel Davison and seeing his interesting articles. Salons start at 6:30. The Chat begins at 7:15.

Free Lecture - Sylvia Torti

"Cages" This event is part of the Friends of the Library lecture series. Dr. Torti will be discussing her book “Cages”. --- Set in and around a research laboratory in which two scientists are experimenting on birds to discover the origins of memory and birdsong, CAGES is a complex interweaving of biological, philosophical and mystical themes. It is also a story of love, loss and memory as the two scientists vie for the heart of a young research assistant, yet like the birds whose songs they have muted, are unable to express their true feelings for her; and she in turn refuses to be "caged." Sylvia Torti is an ecologist and fiction writer. She completed her PhD at the University of Utah, focusing on the unique and little understood phenomenon of tropical monodominance (natural monocultures) in Congo, Africa. Her first novel, The Scorpion's Tail, was published in 2005 and won the Miguel Mármol Award for best debut fiction by an American Latino/a. Her second novel, CAGES, was published in May 2017 by Schaffner Press and won the Nicolas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature. Her short stories and essays have been published in numerous magazines and edited volumes. Sylvia's interdisciplinary background has allowed her to develop unique collaborations with artists, which have resulted in new undergraduate courses, such as the Dual Immersion: Landscape Ecology/Landscape Painting, Science and Storytelling, and an Integrated Minor in Ecology and Legacy. She is currently Dean of the Honors College, University of Utah and Associate Director of Mapping Meaning.

Breakfast Club with Catherine Weller

Have a cup of coffee and danish with Catherine Weller, who has all your early morning book news and gossip. Hosted and co-sponsored by Coffee Connection!

Guest Author James Ure

His new exposé examines how the Mormon Church tried to destroy the Salt Lake Tribune, a voice that had long been critical of many of its activities and its secrets. The author, a Mormon and a journalist who once worked for the Tribune, tells a story of secret deals, behind-the-scenes backstabbing, and manipulation of the political and legal systems by a church that controls the politics of Utah. Based on many interviews and extensive research, the book describes the history of enmity between the Church and the newspaper, which came to a head in 2000. In that year, the Tribune reopened an investigation into an 1857 murder of a wagon train of 120 men, women, and children passing through Utah. The Mountain Meadow Massacre had been conducted by highly-placed church members and historians have said it was condoned by Brigham Young, the leader of the Mormon Church. The published stories intensified efforts by the Church to kill the newspaper. When a hedge fund took ownership of the Tribune, the Church in 2013 saw an opportunity to take advantage and ensure the paper's demise. Just as the paper appeared to be going under, a small group of citizens became the David that took down the Mormon Goliath and delivered the Pulitzer Prize-winning paper to a steady local owner who is willing to fight for its long-term survival. This is a cautionary tale about the dangers of mingling church and state and the ways in which big money can threaten the freedom of the press. Join us in welcoming James Ure to The Printed Garden Thursday night, February 1st, for what is sure to be an extremely interesting discussion. James will answer questions about his book and will be signing copies.

Anne Lamott

Returning to our stage for the first time since 2002, award-winning author, internet sage, and TED Speaker, Anne Lamott (February 3, 2018) is known for her ruthless honesty and her willingness to tackle the tough stuff of her own life—sobriety, faith, motherhood. With more than twenty titles to her name, her fans have made it clear: “A minute with Anne Lamott is like a week with anyone else,” as the New York Times’ Ruth Reichl one said. She’ll share her insights on everything from her latest book, Hallelujah, Anyway, to the creative process, with a side of heartbreak and hope.