Events for Lectures/Discussions

Jason Heller in Conversation with Tony Weller: Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded

Author Jason Heller will be in conversation with store owner and fellow 70's musicophile Tony Weller, discussing his book Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded. As the 1960s drew to a close, and mankind trained its telescopes on other worlds, old conventions gave way to a new kind of hedonistic freedom that celebrated sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. Derided as nerdy or dismissed as fluff, science fiction rarely gets credit for its catalyzing effect on this revolution. In Strange Stars, Jason Heller recasts sci-fi and pop music as parallel cultural forces that depended on one another to expand the horizons of books, music, and out-of-this-world imagery. In doing so, he presents a whole generation of revered musicians as the sci-fi-obsessed conjurers they really were: from Sun Ra lecturing on the black man in the cosmos, to Pink Floyd jamming live over the broadcast of the Apollo 11 moon landing; from a wave of Star Wars disco chart toppers and synthesiser-wielding post-punks, to Jimi Hendrix distilling the “purplish haze” he discovered in a pulp novel into psychedelic song. Of course, the whole scene was led by David Bowie, who hid in the balcony of a movie theater to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, and came out a changed man… If today’s culture of Comic Con fanatics, superhero blockbusters, and classic sci-fi reboots has us thinking that the nerds have won at last, Strange Stars brings to life an era of unparalleled and unearthly creativity—in magazines, novels, films, records, and concerts—to point out that the nerds have been winning all along. Jason Heller is a Hugo Award-winning writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and the Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. His latest novel is Taft 2012. He lives in Denver. Join us for this flashback conversation, to be followed by a signing! Part of the Utah Humanties Book Festival. This is a Free event



You're Not as Crazy as I Thought (But You're Still Wrong) Presentation

Hear from authors Phil Neisser and Jacob Hess and their book You’re Not as Crazy as I Thought, but You’re Still Wrong, which explores the boundaries of core disagreements about morality, power, gender roles, sexuality, race, big government, big business, and big media. This event is open for all students, faculty, staff, and community members. It is a part of the Dialoguing Across Differences McMurrin Series. For more information, visit https://communication.utah.edu/dialoguing-across-differences/upcoming-events/mcmurrinseries.php



The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water

This is a turbulent time for the conservation of America’s natural and cultural heritage. From the current assaults on environmental protection to the threats of climate change, biodiversity loss, and disparity of environmental justice, the challenges facing the conservation movement are both immediate and long term. In this time of uncertainty, we need a clear and compelling guide for the future of conservation in America; a declaration to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders. This is that guide—what the authors describe as “a chart for rough water.” Written by the first scientist appointed as science advisor to the director of the National Park Service and the eighteenth director of the National Park Service, this is a candid, passionate, and ultimately hopeful book. The authors describe a unified vision of conservation that binds nature protection, historical preservation, sustainability, public health, civil rights and social justice, and science into common cause—and offer real-world strategies for progress. To be read, pondered, debated, and often revisited, The Future of Conservation in America is destined to be a touchstone for the conservation movement in the decades ahead. Read more: http://www.law.utah.edu/event/the-future-of-conservation-in-america-a-chart-for-rough-water/



Deeton Charles Reads and Signs Memoirs of a Fallen Angel

On September 27, Weller Book Works hosts a reading and signing with Deeton Charles and Memoirs of a Fallen Angel. Angela is one of 10 daughters of two fallen Angels who came to Earth to keep a war from erupting in Heaven over a forbidden affair. Her tribe comes in contact accidentally with Adam and Eve's tribe of eight sons. Hidden secrets come to light regarding the Angel clan and Angela fights to save her family from an evil that seeks to control Earth and all its inhabitants. Angela is asked by God to complete a mission that is crucial to the salvation of Humanity and bring back the balance that was lost when the Angel war erupted on Earth. She must find Cain, for he alone has the power to restore free will and agency on the suffering planet. But Cain has fallen in with the legion of the damned and is aiding them in their war against the Rainbow tribe of human Angels. Angela must overcome vampires, demons, fallen angels, and evil humans to restore the balance among the seven tribes of humanity, as well as the five original human clans, who now have blended with the Angel tribe and carry unique abilities. This provocative theory crosses Christianity and Paganism exploring a story that throws light upon many legendary myths, folklores, Superstitions and beliefs regarding Angels, Demons, Vampires, Shape-shifters, Werewolves, Witches, Fortune Tellers, Psychics, Mind Readers, Gods, Goddesses, Mother Earth, and the missing link, Heaven and Hell. Memoirs of a Fallen Angel is a thought provoking and engaging theory about the Human Origins on Earth.

Deeton Charles has been creative writing since she was a young child. Participating in her Junior High Newspaper and Journalism staff, as well as writing for talent shows, and literary contests while growing up. Deeton has used her talent for written expression to reach out and bring light upon current events, human issues, and awareness of diversity, mental illness, abuse, addiction, disabilities, and the overall human condition. She has used her abilities to promote unity, solidarity, compassion, and humanity to the masses. Deeton is lover of all Creation she is culturally diverse and has spent many years assisting with the healing of humanity, as well as Earth and its inhabitants. She has spent most of her adult life as a Horticulturist, designing gardens, landscapes, and floral arrangements. She has also been successful as a performing artist, singer, and model. Showing that no matter your age, size, shape, or choice of self expression that you can make your dreams flourish and accomplish your goals. She has a flair for life, and hunger for knowledge, this Novel is her first publication and was inspired by her desire to empower and unite humanity. By finding a way to tell a story that encompasses many cultural myths, religions, and beliefs, she hopes to bring people together from all walks of life for one exciting experience.

This is a free event and is part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival.



University of Utah Geology Open House

Non-stop fun for all ages! Come join us for the University of Utah Geology Open House. This FREE event will feature games, educational demonstrations (earthquake measuring, meteorites, virtual reality demos, MORE), lecture from our resident dino expert, rock and mineral auction, building tours, and much more! Bring friends and family to this extraordinary event on September 28th from 6-9pm. Free parking. See you there! Facebook: https://tinyurl.com/uofugeoFB Website: http://www.earth.utah.edu/



Utah Climate Week 2018

More than two dozen organizations and businesses will come together for nearly 30 events such as film screenings and art exhibits, spanning from Logan to Kanab, for Utah Climate Week 2018 from October 1-7. Utah Climate Week 2018, organized by the Utah Climate Action Network, is a one-of-a-kind platform for organizations and leaders to highlight the impact climate change is having on Utah and to share ideas and innovations to address this challenge. To learn more about Utah Climate Week 2018 and see a full list of participating organizations and events, visit utahclimateactionnetwork.com.



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!



Wildfire: On The Front Lines with Station 8

Every year wildfires ravage forests, destroy communities, and devastate human lives, with only the bravery of dedicated firefighters creating a barrier against even greater destruction. Throughout the 2016 wildfire season, journalist Heather Hansen witnessed firsthand the heroics of the Station 8 crew in Boulder, Colorado. She tells that story here, layered with the added context of the history, science, landscape, and human behavior that, year-by-year, increases the severity, frequency, and costs of conflagrations in the West. She examines the changes in both mindset and activity around wildfires and tracks the movement from wildfire as something useful, to something feared, to something necessary but roundly dreaded. Read more at: http://www.law.utah.edu/event/wildfire-on-the-front-lines-with-station-8/



Wildfire: On The Front Lines with Station 8

Every year wildfires ravage forests, destroy communities, and devastate human lives, with only the bravery of dedicated firefighters creating a barrier against even greater destruction. Throughout the 2016 wildfire season, journalist Heather Hansen witnessed firsthand the heroics of the Station 8 crew in Boulder, Colorado. She tells that story here, layered with the added context of the history, science, landscape, and human behavior that, year-by-year, increases the severity, frequency, and costs of conflagrations in the West. She examines the changes in both mindset and activity around wildfires and tracks the movement from wildfire as something useful, to something feared, to something necessary but roundly dreaded. Read more at: http://www.law.utah.edu/event/wildfire-on-the-front-lines-with-station-8/



Books and Bridges Presents Mark Matheson

As part of Utah Humanities Book Festival, Books and Bridges presents Mark Matheson and “Dramatic Proposals: Women Characters and ‘The Question’ in Shakespeare’s Plays.” Mark Matheson, Professor of English at the University of Utah, will lead a lecture and discussion on the proposals of marriage in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado about Nothing, and The Winter’s Tale. Throughout his work, Shakespeare represents such proposals in a surprising variety of ways. But whatever form they take, these proposals are sensitive dramatic moments that enable us to explore both the politics of a given play’s society and the independence of the women characters involved. Dr. Matheson has taught English at the University of Utah for over twenty years. He received his M.A. from the University of Utah and his Doctorate from the University of Oxford. Professor Matheson travels to London with his students where he teaches seminars on British Literature. He also serves as the Director of the University of Utah-based Tanner Lectures on Human Values. He continues to teach and greatly enjoys advocating for students’ educational interests through The MUSE Project. 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.