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Love Letters: A Gallery of Type

Ongoing through Friday, September 30, 2016
Marriott Library - J. Willard (M LIB)

From Gutenberg to Bruce Rogers and beyond, see examples from the 15th through the 20th centuries of why we love type.

Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12:15 - 1:15pm
College of Law - S. J. Quinney (LAW)

In the summer of 1972, a young man named Harry Walker left his home on an Alabama farm to find himself in the wide-open spaces of America. Nineteen days later he was killed by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. This is where Jordan Fisher Smith, author of the widely acclaimed book Nature Noir and narrator of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary Under Our Skin, begins ENGINEERING EDEN: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature. In the vein of Into the Wild, The Golden Spruce, and The Perfect Storm, Jordan Fisher Smith’s ENGINEERING EDEN proceeds into a one-of-a-kind exploration of character, biography, and environmental conservation history. Beginning in a federal courtroom where some of the greatest wildlife biologists of the twentieth century testified in a lawsuit filed by Harry Walker’s parents after his death, Smith traces Walker’s fated path to his fatal encounter with the bear and a long scientific controversy over how to restore and maintain patches of wilderness amid growing numbers of people. Maneuvered into suing by an ally of bear biologist brothers John and Frank Craighead, who were at odds with the government over conservation of the grizzlies, the Walkers charged that a plan to restore Yellowstone’s ecology after a long history of mismanagement proved fatal both for the bears and their son. But at a deeper level the case was a referendum on how much human beings ought to try to engineer nature. America’s most famous national parks were created before the scientific advances it would take to care for them. By 1972, when Yellowstone turned one hundred years old, biologists were involved in a rancorous dispute over what exactly we were trying to save in these wild places and how to go about doing it. Some, like Walker trial witness A. Starker Leopold, son of legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and the architect of the national parks’ nature policy, believed that human manipulation was essential to preserve threatened ecosystems. Others, like Yellowstone chief scientist Glen Cole and celebrated wildlife biologist Adolph Murie, argued that the most essential characteristic of wilderness was that it was the one place in which we can leave nature alone to work out its own destiny. The moral of Smith’s story is that nature will not be saved wholly by engineering or by leaving it alone; a balance must be struck. But his account of the fatal complexity of tinkering with a single national park will caution readers to weigh carefully recent claims by advocates of total human dominion over nature, “geoengineering,” genetically engineered creatures, custom-built ecosystems, and “gardening” of the entire earth.

Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Faculty as Designers of Student Success

Thursday, September 29 - Friday, September 30, 2016
Marriott Library - J. Willard (M LIB)

Registration Deadline: September 26th September 29: 11:30 A.M. – 4:45 P.M. September 30: 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Come be a part of the transformation in teaching and learning here at the U! This symposium will bring together our most innovative and dedicated teaching faculty to explore new possibilities and take undergraduate education and the role of faculty to the next level.  Four speakers from around the country will join us in the conversation as we define new directions to guide our local practices within the areas of inclusivity, technology, and goals for our students.  This is your opportunity to reinvigorate learning within your own classroom as well as broaden our impact on student success. Are you ready to ask a new set of questions of our teaching mission? Let’s not rehabilitate. Let us elevate!

Greater Yellowstone Coalition

Thursday, September 29 - Saturday, October 1, 2016

GYC Board Meeting

Thursday, September 29 - Saturday, October 1, 2016

Concert: Sounds of China

Sunday, October 2, 2016, 6:30 - 8pm
Libby Gardner Concert Hall

Note: This event is free, however seating is limited. Please reserve your seat at Virtuoso soloists from the world-renowned National Chinese Traditional Orchestra will present a special celebration to kick off Chinese Culture Week on campus with this unforgettable performance. Showcasing traditional Chinese folk music and instruments, this FREE event will highlight both contemporary Chinese and western classical music.

Downwinders of Utah Launch Event

Monday, October 3, 2016, 10am - 12pm
Marriott Library - J. Willard (M LIB)

The Downwinders of Utah Archive brings together information on Utah’s nuclear history and focuses on individuals, families, and areas that were impacted by nuclear testing. It serves as a resource and aims to educate future generations in hopes that the mistakes of the past will never occur again. Featured Speakers Including ▪ Mary Dickson, Playwright (Exposed 2007), Downwinders Advocate ▪ Jim Matheson, Former U.S. Congressman, Downwinders Advocate ▪ Justin Sorensen, GIS Specialist, Downwinders of Utah Archive Creator Event Highlights ▪ Exclusive archive presentation ▪ Record and share your Downwinder story ▪ Interactive archive experience

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