Events for Lectures/Discussions

S.T.E.A.M.punk Academy presents Drunk Science: A Virtual Science Happy Hour

Join us on Tuesday night for a virtual happy hour with Science communication expert Dr. Sara Yeo. Drink along with us or stream it later. Tune in on YouTube ( or Facebook. Sponsored by Ogden's Own Distillery and Utah Arts Alliance online.

Cancelled World Affairs Lecture Series: James Lindsay

Join James Lindsay in exploring how America emerged from the catastrophe of World War II convinced that global engagement and leadership were essential to prevent another global conflict and further economic devastation. That choice was not inevitable, but its success proved monumental. It brought decades of great power peace, underpinned the rise in global prosperity, and defined what it meant to be an American in the eyes of the rest of the world for generations.

James M. Lindsay is senior vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he oversees the work of the more than six dozen fellows in the David Rockefeller Studies Program. He is a leading authority on the American foreign policymaking process and the domestic politics of American foreign policy. Before returning to CFR in 2009, Dr. Lindsay was the inaugural director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin, where he held the Tom Slick chair for international affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. From 2003 to 2006, he was vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair at CFR. He previously served as deputy director and senior fellow in the foreign policy studies program at the Brookings Institution. From 1987 until 1999, he was a professor of political science at the University of Iowa. From 1996 to 1997, Dr. Lindsay served as director for global issues and multilateral affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. He has also served as a consultant to the United States Commission on National Security/21st Century (Hart-Rudman Commission) and as a staff expert for the United States Institute of Peace's congressionally mandated Task Force on the United Nations. Dr. Lindsay has written widely on various aspects of American foreign policy and international relations. His most recent book, co-authored with Ivo H. Daalder, is The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership. His previous book with Ambassador Daalder, America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy, was awarded the 2003 Lionel Gelber Prize, named a finalist for the Arthur S. Ross Book Award, and selected as a top book of 2003 by the Economist. Dr. Lindsay’s other books include Agenda for the Nation (with Henry J. Aaron and Pietro S. Nivola), which was named an "Outstanding Academic Book of 2004" by Choice Magazine, and Congress and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy. He has also contributed articles to many major newspapers and magazines, including Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He writes the blog The Water's Edge, which discusses the politics of American foreign policy and the domestic underpinnings of American global power. He hosts the weekly podcast, The President’s Inbox, and co-hosts the weekly podcast, The World Next Week.

The John Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series is in partnership with Westminster College, is designed to inform attendees about key foreign policy issues, to create a dialogue about timely topics, and to foster a globally savvy community. Our guest lecturers are leading authorities in their fields, coming from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, and are nationally recognized authors, academics, and foreign affairs, experts. The impact of our lectures is the long-lasting understanding of the context of world affairs in our interconnected global society.

The World Affairs Lecture Series is free and open to the public. However, registration is required.  While all ages are welcome to attend, due to the content of the lecture, we recommend ages 12+.

Free parking is available on Westminster College campus after 5:00 p.m. A parking permit is not required. This lecture is held in building #4. For optimal parking, we suggest parking lot C, as 1300 E is currently closed for construction.) Will refreshments be available before the lecture? UCCD invites the public to attend a small meet and greet reception with the guest lecturer at 6:00 pm; The lecture begins at 7:00 pm. We serve tiny savory and sweet bites, as well as water and other libations. However, we are not able to accommodate dietary restrictions. Food and beverages are not allowed in the lecture halls. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? For all other additional questions, please contact Pari Kemmick at | 801.832.3276 | for tickets

Cancelled Discussion & Signing with Author/Historian Tom Clavin

The true story of the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday, and the famous Battle at the OK Corral, by the New York Times bestselling author of Dodge City and Wild Bill. On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, nine men clashed in what would be known as the most famous shootout in American frontier history. Thirty bullets were exchanged in thirty seconds, killing three men and wounding three others. The fight sprang forth from a tense, hot summer. Cattle rustlers had been terrorizing the back country of Mexico and selling the livestock they stole to corrupt ranchers. The Mexican government built forts along the border to try to thwart American outlaws, while Arizona citizens became increasingly agitated. Rustlers, who became known as the cow-boys, began to kill each other as well as innocent citizens. That October, tensions boiled over with Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury, and Billy Claiborne confronting the Tombstone marshal, Virgil Earp, and the suddenly deputized Wyatt and Morgan Earp and shotgun-toting Doc Holliday. Bestselling author Tom Clavin peers behind decades of legend surrounding the story of Tombstone to reveal the true story of the drama and violence that made it famous. Tombstone also digs deep into the vendetta ride that followed the tragic gunfight, when Wyatt and Warren Earp and Holliday went vigilante to track down the likes of Johnny Ringo, Curly Bill Brocius, and other cowboys who had cowardly gunned down his brothers. That "vendetta ride" would make the myth of Wyatt Earp complete and punctuate the struggle for power in the American frontier's last boom town. We're proud to partner with Utah Humanities and the Marmalade Branch of the Salt Lake City Library to welcome author/historian Tom Clavin back to Salt Lake City to read from, discuss, and sign copies of his newest book, Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride From Hell. Light refreshments will be served. This event will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Postponed Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Eccles Theater is closed thru May 15

Live at the Eccles presents Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.  Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson returns with a brand-new show: ‘Astronomy Bizarre’ - The list of cool things in the universe is long and occasionally scary: Black Holes, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Diamond stars, Gamma Ray bursts, White Holes, Worm Holes, Multiverses. Here we review all that bends the mind the most in the cosmos. Tyson's professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. Neil is the recipient of twenty honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid 13123 Tyson.

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How Storytelling Fuels Social Movements: Female Genital Mutilation in America

About the lecture: In late 2015, the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) was rarely discussed in Maryum Saifee's community; the Dawoodi Bohra Muslims concentrated in South Asia. In the media and in public discourse, FGM was framed as a faraway practice happening in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Frustrated by the way FGM was framed, Maryum decided to share her story as a survivor – in her personal capacity - to help raise public awareness and shift the public narrative. In early 2016, the Guardian published her story and she went from working behind the scenes on policy to stumbling into a more public role as an activist, using her own story as an advocacy tool and a catalyst for change. In late 2018, a federal district judge in Detroit overturned the federal ban on FGM in the United States. Maryum’s lecture will inform about FGM in the United States and how American survivors of FGM are using storytelling and social media to push for legislative bans at the state level, generate public awareness, and ultimately break the cycle of violence. Come join us as Maryum shares her perspective in this riveting lecture!

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Average Mohamed: Combating Violent Extremism One Cartoon At a Time

Join us in learning how one Muslim man in Minnesota has made it his personal mission to undermine ISIS. Mohamed Ahmed has dedicated much of his time to creating cartoons that explain Islam — and why ISIS is wrong. He's the creator and voice of a cartoon character he calls Average Mohamed, and for nearly 10 years Ahmed has been producing these online cartoons to try to counter the ISIS message. The cartoon aims to give talking points to parents, clergy members and kids to combat the message of violent extremists and offer hope and acceptance in its place. Join Average Mohamed in a discussion about love for country, culture, and democracy.

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