Arts & Humanities

UMFA and library receive prestigious grant to collaborate on Intermountain West initiative

January 30, 2018

The J. Willard Marriott Library and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah have been awarded a $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will provide partial funding for a four-year collaborative project that will establish the U as a global resource hub for artists and scholars studying […]


Deciding to Stay or Go: Making a Difference Matters

January 25, 2018

A study by the Utah Education Policy Center, UEPC, in the College of Education at the University of Utah, found that choosing to make a difference isn’t just a reason for becoming a teacher. As it turns out, teachers report that making a difference in the lives of children and young adults, and contributing to […]


A whole new game at EAE Play

December 7, 2017

For inexperienced social workers, the first home visits could result in important decisions tainted with bias. But practice makes perfect, and students and faculty at the University of Utah’s Therapeutic Games and Apps Lab (The GApp Lab) are developing a virtual reality simulation for social work students that recreates a home environment so they can […]


The impact of presidential communication on the LGBT community

November 7, 2017

As the U.S. grows increasingly diverse, it becomes ever more important to understand how presidents are talking to — and about — marginalized groups such as women, ethnic and religious minorities and LGBT individuals who have experienced a disproportionate degree of social and political inequality. A recent study published in the Journal of Communication, authored […]


The role of literature and the humanities

October 25, 2017

Award-winning writers Michael Chabon (“Wonderboys,” “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” and “Moonglow”) and Zadie Smith (“White Teeth,” “On Beauty, Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays” and “Swing Time”) delivered the University of Utah’s Tanner Lecture on Human Values at Libby Gardner Concert Hall, Oct. 19, 2017. In a conversation format, […]


Marriott Library’s Ski Affair to honor U Ski Team and Ron Steele

October 23, 2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will honor the U Ski Team and Ron Steele during their annual Ski Affair at the Little America Hotel on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. The fundraising event supports the library’s ski archives, which houses the largest collection of ski and snow sport history in the country. […]


Long-term grant helps U reading clinic reach 7,000 struggling readers

October 20, 2017

Over the past 15 years, the University of Utah Reading Clinic has received just over $3.5 million from the Improving Teacher Quality State Grants program to increase teachers’ knowledge of reading instruction and small group reading intervention. In particular, the UURC uses the funding to help educators become more effective and efficient at helping students […]


“New Children of Israel”

October 13, 2017

Throughout recent history, the Jewish people have experienced unprecedented transformations on the cultural, geopolitical and demographic levels. Two of the most tumultuous events—the Holocaust and the birth of the modern-day state of Israel—brought about vast changes for Jewish communities all over the world. In his new book available today, “New Children of Israel: Emerging Jewish […]


University of Utah unveils roster for first varsity esports team

October 4, 2017

The University of Utah’s first college esports team is ready to rumble on the virtual playing field. The team players, coaches and administrators — made up of 33 U students — were revealed during a news conference held Wednesday at the university’s Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) studio on the U campus in Salt Lake […]


The U honors novelist with Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities

October 3, 2017

The University of Utah’s Environmental Humanities graduate program will award Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh with the inaugural Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities. “We are thrilled to bring an environmental thinker of Amitav Ghosh’s status to campus,” said Jeff McCarthy, director of the Environmental Humanities program. “His writing imagines new tools for collaborative living in […]