Arts & Humanities

Consortium for Dark Sky Studies, International Dark-Sky Association bring global conferences to Utah

Worldwide, light pollution is growing twice as fast as Earth’s human population. In many places, artificial light at night has obliterated our view of the stars and impacted wildlife, public health, and air quality. Next week, members of two international organizations dealing with the issue of light pollution will convene in Snowbird, Utah. The state […]


Building an educational bridge between the Pacific Islander community and the U

Strong community, resilient history and vibrant traditions are key elements of the Pacific Islands culture. These same elements are the foundation of a Pacific Islands Studies initiative at the University of Utah—and a new $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will allow major acceleration of this effort. The three-year grant will be used […]


New database sheds light on early history of black members in the LDS Church

Paul Reeve, professor of history at the University of Utah, and the J. Willard Marriott Library have collaborated to develop a public history project, “Century of Black Mormons,” a database that illuminates the history of black members in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The database was unveiled on June 30 at “Black, […]


U names new dean for the College of Humanities

The University of Utah announced that Stuart K. Culver, associate professor of English, has accepted the appointment as the dean of the College of Humanities. Currently acting as interim dean, Culver will move into his new position immediately. “This is an exciting but very challenging moment for the disciplines of the humanities,” said Culver. “We […]


Three U students receive Fulbright awards for 2018-19

Three University of Utah students have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Fulbright scholarship. Zoe Diener, Kevin Priest and Daniel Ybarra have received a highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the 2018-19 academic year. Diener (M.S., public health) […]


University of Utah examines race in the LDS Church since 1978 Revelation

On June 8, 1978, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced President Spencer W. Kimball’s revelation extending the lay priesthood to “all worthy male members…without regard for race or color.” To mark this event and analyze the LDS church’s ongoing efforts to achieve racial equality, the Tanner Humanities Center at the Univeristy of Utah […]


U students to design and build affordable housing in Salt Lake City

Design+Build Salt Lake is a newly formed partnership, program and immersive experience where University of Utah School of Architecture students will develop, design and construct affordable, energy efficient residential buildings – from the first sketch to the final construction – along local neighborhoods. “Designing a building is one thing, transforming the design into a real […]


U’s Marriott Library pays tribute to Utah’s first ethnic minority judge

The J. Willard Marriott Library will create a new archive in Special Collections to honor retired judge Raymond S. Uno, a University of Utah alum, a lifelong civil rights advocate and the first ethnic minority judge in Utah’s history. The archive will chronicle the stories of the ethnic communities and immigrants in Utah. An event […]


State after-school program makes a difference for students in Utah affected by intergenerational poverty

A study by the Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC) found that students who participated in after-school programs designed to serve those affected by intergenerational poverty performed better on year-end state assessments in English language arts, mathematics and science compared to their performance in the years they did not participate. Moreover, students in these programs also […]


Design for the Disappearing Dark Sky

The University of Utah multidisciplinary design students teamed up with the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies to create an exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah that showcases Utah’s unique exposure to the night sky. The exhibit illustrates issues such as light pollution and how artificial light has impacted the natural beauty and habitats […]