Context from Campus: June 22-26

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Summer camps for kids
Summer is officially here, which means campus summer camps and classes are in full swing. Youth Education at the U has more than 250 summer camps and classes for kids ages 2-18, designed to inspire education, imagination and innovation through hands-on learning experiences. Students can continue to learn and grow during their summer vacation by developing new skills and building new relationships while pursuing current interests or tackling new topics. Campers can swim with sharks and learn about marine biology and ecology, create their own video game, learn to write songs, make a movie, build a long board, paint murals or become a captivating storyteller. Nate Friedman, associate director of education for Youth Education, is available to discuss the benefits of summer camps, the importance of exposing children to higher education at a young age and how parents can get their children involved with classes and camps this summer. Media are invited to visit classes and camps.
Phone: 801-585-9781 | Email:

Study: Utah cities among top in nation for income equality
A recent study released by the NerdWallet financial website and based on 2013 U.S. census survey data, identifies the cities of Riverton, West Jordan and South Jordan among the top 10 cities nationally for income equality. In total, seven cities in Utah finished among the top 50 nationally. Pamela Perlich, senior research economist at the U’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research, identifies key demographic indicators as to why this is the case. Perlich notes these cities are homogeneous in terms of their home prices, housing stock, income levels and culture. Speaking to a broader picture, she also cites the trend of growing segregation in housing based on income across Salt Lake County and the state. Utah has been among the most equal distribution of household income in the nation. Perlich can offer further commentary on the recent study, including the implications for opportunities among younger generations.
Phone: 801-581-3358 | Email:

Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment
A draft copy of Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical on the environment has been gaining much attention worldwide this week. The document calls for urgent action to protect the Earth and fight global warming, a trend the pope declares is a result of the burning of fossil fuels and human activity. The document outlines Francis’ viewpoint on the scientific and moral reasons for protecting the environment. It states low-income people in the world suffer the most from air pollution and toxic dumping. Law professor Lincoln Davies can offer a local perspective on this developing news story and is available for interview. He previously organized a summit on religion, faith and the environment. A recognized expert in energy law and policy, Davies’ research spans a broad array of energy topics, including renewables and alternative energy, carbon capture and sequestration, nuclear power, utility law and regulatory and technology innovation.
Phone: 801-581-7338 | Email:

Event Highlights:

Wednesday, June 24
All Utah school teachers are invited to attend a free course, “Exploring Humanitarian Law,” which helps teachers connect real-world events to the classroom. The course focuses on teaching students about the challenges people and places face during war and civil unrest. The course is offered through the American Red Cross and the Tanner Center at the U. Teachers will also earn continuing education units for taking the course.
Orson Spencer Hall, Room 216, 260 South Central Campus Drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesday, June 24
The U’s Utah Museum of Fine Arts closes the “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” show with a free film screening and lecture by Sundance winner Alex Rivera. The film “Sleep Dealer” is his first feature and a Sundance award-winning science fiction film embedded with profound political and economic critiques. It is a conversation-starter for discussion about issues as diverse as labor and immigration, technology and ethics and globalization and the environment.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive, 5:45 p.m. lecture, 7 p.m. film screening