Context from Campus: June 16-27

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Brian Codding, assistant professor of anthropology, studies the role of fire among indigenous people in North America and Australia. He can provide a unique perspective by addressing how the ecological impact of contemporary wildfires differs from the impacts of traditional fire regimes that evolved alongside native plants and animals. Understanding these differences can help explain why wildfires are so devastating and help conservation groups and land management agencies develop strategies to prevent large wildfires.
Phone: 801-581-8663 | Email:

World Cup (how large events impact communities)
Matthew Burbank, associate professor of political science, has done research on mega-events, such as the World Cup or the Olympics, and how these events impact the host communities. He’s available to comment about the impact of mega-events, such as the World Cup.
Phone: 801-581-6313 | Email:

World Cup – U grad develops soccer cleats
After receiving support and guidance from the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the U, MBA graduate Cam Cameron started a company designing high-quality and performance soccer cleats at a fraction of the price of name brands. Cameron and his ambassadors travel the world donating soccer cleats and supporting the growth of soccer. They focus on supporting and developing institutions and players most in need so that anyone who wants to play soccer has the opportunity.
Contact Jana Cunningham for more information.
Phone: 801-581-3862 | Email:

Negotiating with Terrorists (and Sgt. Bergdahl’s release)
Amos Guiora, law professor and expert on counter-terrorism and national security, recently wrote an article for the New York Times about his past involvement in prisoner release negotiations for Israel. Guiora served 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces and was involved in the release of Palestinian prisoners in his role as a judge advocate general. Currently in Jerusalem, Guiora is available to share his perspective via phone, email or Skype.
Phone: 216-470-6386 | Email:


Event Highlights:

Tuesday, June 17
University Neighborhood Partners, an office of the University of Utah, invites residents of west Salt Lake to join them for dinner and activities at local neighborhood parks this summer. The first of five “Partners in the Park” events will take place on June 17. The program encourages and promotes higher education to the youth and strengthens community engagement.
Jordan Park, 1060 S. 900 West, 7-9 p.m.

Monday, June 23
The U is hosting a workshop about how to reach students with autism through arts education. Associate Director of the School of Music at Ball State University Ryan Hourigan will explore questions about autism, how it affects people and provide strategies to help K-12 students with autism learn and experience the arts. The workshop is closed for the 50 registered participants (music/art/theatre teachers), but media are invited, and Hourigan is available for interviews. His schedule is limited, so please schedule through Robin Wilks-Dunn, Kingsbury Hall education and outreach manager, 801-585-5212.
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex, Room 1151, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

June 13-29
The U’s Department of Theatre begins the summer 2014 season with “The Last Five Years,” a musical that chronicles the 5-year life of a marriage told from two—one going forward and the other looking back. Shows run June 13-29 at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays.
Babcock Theatre (Pioneer Memorial Theatre lower level), 300 S. University St.

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