Context from Campus: July 28 – Aug. 8

Trending Topics:

Immigration economics and economic inequality
Thomas Maloney, professor and chair of the Department of Economics, is available to comment on the economic history of immigration, effects of immigration on the current economy, the economic outcomes of immigrants in the U.S. and related issues connected to immigration, labor markets, the economy and economic history. In addition to immigration economics, Maloney can comment on economic inequality, a timely topic as minimum wages are debated across the country.
Phone: 801-581-7481 | Email:

A peaceful perspective on Middle Eastern conflict
David Derezotes (dere – zo – tes), director of the U’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program and professor of social work, is an expert on the role dialogue plays in conflict and believes dialogue may help foster peace in the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. A current research focus of his involves exploring banning information about mass murderers because it is thought that such attention rewards the crimes. He is also exploring how “ordinary citizens” can respond and deal with the ongoing wars in the world.
Phone: 801-585-3546 | Email:

Event Highlights:

Thursday, July 31, and Tuesday, Aug. 5
With the upcoming public hearing about the net metering fee for solar power and Summit County’s recent announcement about waiving its solar photovoltaic building permit fee through 2016, solar energy is getting a lot of attention. The U is hosting several workshops about its community solar program, where interested homeowners will hear from Utah Clean Energy, the U’s Sustainability Resource Center and the solar installers who will discuss specs on the panels, warranties, savings, the installation process and more.
July 31: 6-7:30 p.m., Kimball Junction Library Auditorium, 1885 W. Ute Blvd., Park City
Aug. 5: noon – 1:30 p.m., Health Sciences Education Building Alumni Hall, 26 S. 2000 East, Salt Lake City

Mondays-Thursdays (ongoing)
University of Utah students tutor adults whose native language is not English at Guadalupe School through a program at the U’s Bennion Community Service Center. Volunteers work with small groups of adults from various countries to improve their conversational English skills and writing skills. During the past year, students have already donated 960 hours of tutoring service.
Mondays-Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., Guadalupe School, 340 S. Goshen St. (1040 W.), Salt Lake City

Ongoing: Navigating the Affordable Care Act
U student volunteers help people apply for state-based health insurance, such as Medicaid and CHIP, or refer them to other health services, and teach them how to use benefits wisely through a program called Take Care Utah. The U’s Bennion Community Service Center arms its volunteers with knowledge about the Affordable Care Act and application process so they can help community members find what works best for them.
Days, times and locations vary. Contact Annalisa Purser for more information.
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