2020 Virtual Lecture Series

We transitioned the series to a free virtual format for the remainder of the 2020 season (June– October). In addition to the virtual component, we are delighted to announce we will partner with the university’s Alumni Association in this new format for the rest of the season.

2020 Season

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
7:00 – 8:00 pm (MDT)
ACME: Rethinking the Public Role of Museums
Gretchen Dietrich
Executive Director, Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Jorge Rojas
Director of Learning and Engagement, Utah Museum of Fine Arts
In January 2016, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah launched the ACME Initiative, a dynamic three-part outreach project dedicated to rethinking the public role of museums through community engagement. Operating at the intersections of art, community, museums, and education (ACME), this award-winning initiative is expanding the traditionally defined role of art museums within cities and institutions of higher learning. Specifically, the ACME Initiative is transforming how the UMFA connects with, engages and learns from the community, through co-programs, projects and exhibitions, with more than 40 local partners so far. Hear Dietrich and Rojas explain the process, challenges, and successes of how in three years, ACME has increased community access to visual arts a welcoming and relevant place for everyone in the city and region.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Internet History: Anecdotes, Technology and Society
Daniel A. Reed
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering
Remember when a friend was someone you regularly met in person? When SPAM was just a food product? When fishing was done with the pole? When a party line wasn’t something you said at a social event? The Internet has brought huge changes in how our social interactions occur, information (and disinformation) is shared, and business is conducted. This talk will examine how the Internet was created, introduce you to some of the colorful characters who helped create it, and reflect on some of the social, technical, and economic challenges ahead.