Arts & Humanities

Race and LDS Church

University of Utah explores the status of black saints within the LDS church

September 28, 2015

In December 2013, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published an essay regarding “Race and the Priesthood” on its Gospel Topics page at The statement was the strongest to date in distancing the church from its prior teachings on the status of black people within Mormon theology. Oct. 8 and 9, the […]

Author Michael Lewis

U welcomes bestselling author Michael Lewis for 2015 Sam Rich Lecture

September 22, 2015

Michael Lewis left life as a bond salesman for famed Wall Street investment bank Salomon Brothers for the publishing world in the 1980s, a move that would shake up the landscape of financial journalism forever. Lewis, today one of the premier writers of the 21st Century, will visit Utah on Sept. 24 for a one-hour […]

Margaret Pabst Battin, distinguished professor of philosophy and medical ethics at the University of Utah has spent almost 40 years researching, collecting and organizing historical sources on suicide.

New digital archive at University of Utah examines the complicated and multi-dimensional sides of suicide

September 21, 2015

Debates over the ethics of suicide have occurred for centuries, often reflecting political and religious differences around the world. Some view suicide as morally wrong, while others believe it’s a matter of basic human right, some think it’s primarily a private matter and others consider it a major social concern. No matter the opinion, the […]

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Former secretary general of NATO

September 15, 2015

Former secretary general of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen will be the keynote speaker at the annual World Leaders Lecture Forum sponsored by the University of Utah’s Tanner Humanities Center. Rasmussen’s lecture, “Unlimited Partnership: The European Union and the United States,” will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. in the Utah Museum of Fine […]

Maggie Snyder (left) and Kristen Ries (right) were the first medical providers to care for AIDS patients in Utah.  Photo by Jack Bender.

New University of Utah project will document history of HIV/AIDS in Utah

September 9, 2015

After the Utah State Legislature enacted a historic non-discrimination statute earlier this year, Sen. Jim Dabakis tearfully turned to University of Utah physician Kristen Ries with the signed document designed to ban discrimination in housing and employment for the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. “(This is) for your work,” an emotional Dabakis told […]


Urban design matters when it comes to street life

July 23, 2015

For the first time, researchers in a mid-size city have shown that pedestrian activity increases when streets have classic urban design qualities and elements such as windows overlooking the sidewalks, small and uniform building setbacks, courtyards, outdoor dining and buildings with identifying elements. In the study, published in the Journal of Urban Design, researchers at […]


Arts seeing dramatic rise at the University of Utah

July 20, 2015

University of Utah athletics have earned a reputation for big and dedicated audiences, but the U has a new bragging right emerging. For the fourth consecutive year, the number of student tickets issued to arts events on campus considerably increased, again setting a new record for audiences in the arts. During the 2014-15 academic year, […]

Want to avoid divorce? Wait to get married — but not too long—says U researcher

July 16, 2015

If you hope to avoid divorce, what’s the ideal age to get married? For years, it seemed like the longer you waited to marry, the better. That’s because the relationship between age at marriage and divorce risk was almost linear: The older you were, the lower the chances of divorce. Although teens still face an […]

(FILES) File photo taken on August 4, 2009 shows exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during a press conference near Lausanne, Switzerland. The Dalai Lama is on a five-day visit to Switzerland. The Dalai Lama announced March 10, 2011 his plan to retire as political head of the exiled Tibetan movement, saying the time had come for his replacement by a "freely elected" leader. AFP PHOTO / FILES / Fabrice COFFRINI

The Dalai Lama makes second visit to the University of Utah

July 6, 2015

Today, on the 80th birthday of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, the University of Utah and the Utah Tibet Foundation announced he will speak at the Huntsman Center, Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale, Monday, July 13 and will be available at or the Huntsman Center ticket […]


U Chamber Choir named international champion

June 5, 2015

June 5, 2015 – The University of Utah Chamber Choir won what is considered by some as the world championship of amateur choral art, the European Choral Grand Prix. The competition includes choirs from all across the globe and has an international jury made up of judges from six different countries. The U’s choir, directed […]