Events for Lectures/Discussions

Walking the Tightrope: Contemporary Diplomacy in American Indian Country

Told from the point of view of a Federal Senior Executive who stands in both worlds, Franklin Keel discusses a career administering the unique set of U.S. laws applying to the most diverse ethnic group in this country - American Indians - with cultural and historical sensitivity in today’s America. FAQs Does this lecture cost money? The World Affairs Lecture Series is free and open to the public. However, registration is required. Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? While all ages are welcome to attend, due to the content of the lecture, we recommend ages 12+. What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? Free parking is available on Westminster College campus after 5:00 p.m. A parking permit is not required. Click here to view the campus map. (This lecture is held in building #4. For optimal parking, we suggest parking lot B.) 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 Deeanna Price at | 801.832.3276 |

Green Bag Lunch and Learn with the Utah Society for Environmental Education

Join the Utah Society for Environmental Education to kick off the 2019 Green Bag Lunch and Learn series! Bring your lunch, network with colleagues and enjoy a great presentation. This month, we’ll hear from Ashely Kijowski from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to learn more about the Great Salt Lake from a historical perspective. Humans are a part of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem and from the pioneers to the present we have had an effect on this landscape. Discover how the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl impacted the Great Salt Lake and the people who lived here. This story illustrates how this era provides a perspective on our current relationship with the Great Salt Lake and its wetlands.

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Lit Knit

Join Catherine the Knit Chick and her Craft Circle for casual bookish conversation! Lit Knit is held the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month.

Collectors Book Salon: Your First Treasure

Book-lovers and collectors meet at Weller Book Works Collectors' Book Salons on the last Friday of each month, January through October. Serious and frivolous bibliophiles meet in our Rare Book Department for friendship conversation, edification and bibliolust. We start at 6:30 pm and at 7:15, an invited bibliophile leads the Collectors' Chat about a topic of her or his particular knowledge and passion. And at each salon there is also a special deal on rare books. On Friday, January 25, we initiate the season with a book collectors' sharing Salon. This year, we are asking you to show us the first rare or collectible book acquired by you for yourself, and tell us about it. We'll take turns showing the first expensive or precious books we deliberately chose and bought. We'll examine seminal events in each of our progressions from dull mortals to bibliophiles. Bring your friends!

Citizen Science and Wasatch Wildlife

In the Central Wasatch Range is one of the most highly recreated public lands in the United States and serves as an oasis for wildlife. Expanding human development has the potential to diminish Utah’s rich inheritance of wildlife, which would impact both recreational and economic opportunities. Wild Utah Project collaborated with the University of Utah to initiate the Central Wasatch Mammal Trail Camera Study to understand the current condition of the Wasatch’s wildlife populations, habitats, and responses to human development. The Study relies on the participation of over 100 Citizen Scientists to gather data from remotely-triggered trail cameras placed throughout the Wasatch. From wild turkeys to cougars, Dr. Mary Pendergast will share wildlife images collected this summer, along with the successes of partnering with Citizen Scientists and agencies, and how this study can make a difference for the management and conservation of the Wasatch's wildlife. Dr. Mary Pendergast is an ecologist working for Wild Utah Project. She specializes in biological analyses for and with state and federal agencies, local working groups, and other nonprofit organizations. Dr. Pendergast also engages in and oversees data collection efforts such as citizen science programs. She received her Ph.D. from Utah State University in Biology and Community Ecology. Photo credit: The University of Utah Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology Lab and Wild Utah Project

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Kitty Kaplan Building Bridges Lecture Series

Join Utah Section of National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) for the Kitty Kaplan Memorial Lecture Series Building Bridges on February 7th at the SLC Main Library. The free lecture will feature Sheri Bonner, CEO of Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley who will discuss Health Justice & the Way Forward. There will be a reception at 6 PM and the discussion will follow at 7 PM. Please RSVP to Annabel at 801-231-5329 or

MeatEater: Under the Hood with Steven Rinella and Janis Putelis

oin host Steven Rinella and producer Janis “The Latvian Eagle” Putelis as they share the ins and outs of producing the groundbreaking Netflix Original Series MeatEater and the top-ranked The MeatEater Podcast. Steve and Janis share their favorite MeatEater clips and tell the full stories behind getting charged by grizzlies, stricken by weird diseases, run over by moose, and other crazy experiences that were never captured on film. It’s an insider’s glimpse into the evolution of MeatEater over 100 gripping episodes.

Book Signing with Historian Tom Clavin

The definitive true story of Wild Bill, the first lawman of the Wild West, by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dodge City. In July 1865, "Wild Bill" Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, MO―the first quick-draw duel on the frontier. Thus began the reputation that made him a marked man to every gunslinger in the Wild West. James Butler Hickock was known across the frontier as a soldier, Union spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor. He crossed paths with General Custer and Buffalo Bill Cody, as well as Ben Thompson and other young toughs gunning for the sheriff with the quickest draw west of the Mississippi. The legend of Wild Bill has only grown since his death in 1876, when cowardly Jack McCall famously put a bullet through the back of his head during a card game. Bestselling author Tom Clavin has sifted through years of western lore to bring Hickock fully to life in this rip-roaring, spellbinding true story. The Printed Garden is proud to partner with Utah Humanities to bring New York Times Bestselling Historian Tom Clavin to Salt Lake City! Tom will be discussing his new book, Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter, answering questions, and signing copies of his books. This event will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Unexpected Warriors: African American Diplomatic and Military Contributions on the World Stage

The history of African American contributions to America’s foreign policy and freedom have been unexpected, non-traditional, and often overlooked. Learn about some of the diplomacy and combat pioneers who fully embraced what it means to be an American and gladly fought for our stated values and ideals. Learn of their perseverance and sacrifice through the eyes of one amongst them - a diplomat with three siblings who served in the U.S. military. Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will explore the continuum from the first black consuls appointed after the Civil War to the first African American female ambassador to Ambercrombie-Winstanley’s personal experience of leading a diplomatic mission and surviving a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia.