Tuesday, Feb. 2
Author Margaret Ajemian Ahnert will be speaking about the Armenian genocide during a David M. Kennedy Center lecture at BYU in 238 Herald R. Clark Building at 2 p.m. Ahnert’s lecture will be titled “The Knock at the Door: A Journey through the Darkness of the Armenian Genocide.” She will relate her mother Ester’s terrifying experiences as a young woman who survived the Armenian massacre.
At 3:30 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium, the Annual Grace Elizabeth Shallit Lecture will be given by John H. Thomas, director of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. For more information, contact Evie Forsyth at (801) 422-6108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BYU’s weekly devotional will host Rosemary Thackeray of the College of Life Sciences at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The BYU Broadcasting channels will air the devotional live. Rebroadcast and archive information will be available at byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu.
Wednesday, Feb. 3
The BYU Student Association will be holding “Acoustic Explosion” at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theater. The event will showcase local acoustic musicians and is free to the public. Artists interested in performing should contact the Student Activities Board in 3400 Wilkinson Student Center.
Thursday, Feb. 4
Daniel Peterson of BYU’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute will discuss “Hugh W. Nibley as an Apologist” at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. His lecture is one of a series sponsored by the Maxwell Institute, Religious Education and the Harold B. Lee Library.
BYU’s Women’s Studies will present a lecture by BYU professor and LDS Church historian Jill Derr from noon to 12:50 p.m. in 4188 Joseph F. Smith Building. Derr, who is an expert on early LDS Church history and Eliza R. Snow, will be discussing “Eliza R. Snow’s Emerging Advocacy for Women, 1852-1856.”
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6
The Fourth Annual Storytelling Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the BYU Conference Center. Conferences not only teach participants how to tell stories but present prominent storytellers in concert. Full conference tuition is $135 or $165 with college credit and includes lunch on both days. Single day tuition is $80 or $110 with college credit and includes lunch on that day. To register, call BYU Conferences and Workshops at (801) 422-2568 or visit www.timpfest.org.
Monday, Feb. 8
BYU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be hosting an analytical chemistry seminar by Vincent Remcho of Oregon State University at 4 p.m. in W140 of the Ezra Taft Benson Building. The title of his seminar is "Building Field-Deployable Instruments for Environmental and Biological Applications."
At 4 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies will be hosting a lecture given by Thomas G. Andrews from the University of Colorado at Denver. Andrews specializes in the social and environmental history of the Rocky Mountain West. For more information, contact Jason Thompson at (801) 422-4048 or email@example.com.
Families from the community and student family home evening groups are invited to the Museum of Peoples and Cultures at 6:30 p.m. for a family home evening. Cost is $5 per group. Call (801) 422-0020 to make a reservation.
Tuesday, Feb. 9
Elder Spencer J. Condie of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be the speaker at BYU’s weekly devotional. The BYU Broadcasting channels will air the devotional live. Rebroadcast and archive information will be available at byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu.
Luca Bonomi, president of the Dante Alighieri Society, will be speaking at the BYU David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. The Dante Alighieri Society works to promote Italian culture and language around the world. Bonomi will be speaking about examples of paternal love in Verdi’s opera, “Rigoletto,” composed in 1851.
BYU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be hosting an Inorganic Chemistry Seminar by Alexander Wei of Purdue University at 4 p.m. in W140 of the Ezra Taft Benson Building. The title of his seminar is, "Calixarenes as Multivalent Ligands for Nanoparticle Synthesis and Self-Assembly."
BYU's Wheatley Institution will present James Schlesinger in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center Assembly Hall. Schlesinger is the former United States Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Energy.
Wednesday, Feb. 10
The BYU Student Association will be showing “The Princess Bride” in the Varsity Theatre at 7 and 9 p.m. Entrance is $1.
Thursday, Feb. 11
Linda J. Waite of the University of Chicago will be the title speaker at the Sixth Annual Marjorie Pay Hinckley Endowed Chair Lecture at 7 p.m. It will be held in the Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center Assembly Hall. Her address will be titled "Marriage, Social Connections and Health: Why Married People are Healthier."
Terry Ball, professor of ancient scripture, will speak about “Hugh Nibley and the Environment” on the 100th anniversary of Nibley’s birth at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. His lecture is one of a series sponsored by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute, Religious Education and the Harold B. Lee Library.
BYU’s Women’s Studies will present a lecture by Nancy Nason-Clark, professor at the University of New Brunswick. She will be speaking at noon in 4188 Joseph F. Smith Building. Her subject will be “Holy Hush: Exploring the Intersections between Religion, Culture and Domestic Violence.”
“Prepare Every Needful Thing” is a brown-bag lecture presented by Kerry R. Baum, emergency manager for BYU at 12:05 p.m. in 3211 WSC. He will be discussing the best ways to prepare for emergencies and disasters and emphasize that what we know is often as important as what we have. The lecture is sponsored by BYU’s OPAC.
Friday, Feb. 12
BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures will be hosting a date night titled “Sphinxes and Sweethearts” at 7 p.m. Couples will participate in several Egyptian-themed activities, such as Pyramid, Balderdash, the Fastest Mummifier, the Matching of the Gods and the craft of hieroglyphics. There will also be Egyptian-themed refreshments and prizes. Tickets are $10 a couple and are available at the Information Desk in the Wilkinson Student Center beginning Feb. 8.
Saturday, Feb. 13
BYU will showcase “Big Band Night” at 6:30 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom. Participants will take a trip back in time to the 1940s New York Stage Door Canteen. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., and there will be dancing to music by Synthesis and jazz singers, a short show, a veteran tribute and much more. Tickets may be purchased at the WSC Information Desk for $20 with a BYU ID, $22 without.
Wednesday, Feb. 17
John Grim of Yale University will be speaking at the BYU David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies Wednesday, at 3 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Grim, who is a senior lecturer and scholar and coordinator of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, will be speaking on “The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology.”
The David O. McKay School of Education, its Alumni Association and the Brigham Young University-Public School Partnership are sponsoring the Second Biannual Literacy Promise Conference Feb. 17-19 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. The conference addresses the literacy needs of adolescent learners. All levels of educators are invited. To register, visit www.nebo.edu/register. To view the conference brochure go to education.byu.edu/cites/conferences/literacy_conf_broch_08.pdf.
The BYU Student Association will present “Acappellooza” at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. It will showcase great a cappella talent from BYU campus. The event is free to the public. If you are interested in performing, contact the Student Activities Board at (801) 422-3122 or visit the Web site at stab.byu.edu.
Thursday, Feb. 18
In honor of National Engineering and Technology Week Feb. 14-20, BYU’s Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology will host activities for middle and high school students in the Clyde Building Lounge. Attendees will be invited to join with BYU students in a series of games and contests that teach engineering principles. There will be prizes. The event will go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a break from 11 a.m. to noon. The events will be free to the public, and those interested in attending should contact Krista Tripodi at (801) 422-3948.
An Engineering and Technology Expo will exhibit and demonstrate BYU’s engineering and technology clubs and organizations at the Wilkinson Student Center Garden Court. The Expo will go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a break from 11 a.m. to noon. There will also be hourly tours available to get a behind-the-scenes look at the engineering and technology facilities.
Alex Nibley, Hugh Nibley’s daughter, will discuss the life of her father on the 100th anniversary of his birth at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. Her lecture is one of a series sponsored by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute, Religious Education and the Harold B. Lee Library.
Friday, Feb. 19
The 12th Annual BYU Religious Education Student Symposium will be held throughout the day in the Wilkinson Student Center.
BYU’s Multicultural Student Services will be hosting a “Motown Dance” at 8 p.m. in the WSC Ballroom as part of BYU’s Black History Month observance. The dance will celebrate the history and beauty of African-American music and literature, much of which originated during the Harlem Renaissance.
Monday, Feb. 22
Families from the community and student family home evening groups are invited to the BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures at 6:30 p.m. for a family home evening. Cost is $5 per group. Call (801) 422-0020 to make a reservation.
Tuesday, Feb. 23
His Eminence, Cardinal Francis George, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be speaking at BYU’s forum at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center. The BYU Broadcasting channels will air the forum live. Rebroadcast and archive information will be available at byub.org/devotionals or speeches.byu.edu.
The BYU College of Nursing will join with the University of Utah College of Nursing and Intermountain Healthcare to celebrate Florence Nightingale. Barbara Dossey, author and Nightingale scholar, will be speaking at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. A luncheon will be provided, but reservations are required. For information regarding reservations, contact Sue Onwuegbu at (801) 581-5109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Brian C. Etheridge, associate professor of history at Louisiana Tech University, will be speaking at the BYU David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Etheridge will be speaking on “Nazis and Berliners: State Power, Public Diplomacy and Narratives of Germany in Postwar America.”
BYU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be hosting Brian Fox of the University of Wisconsin at 4 p.m. in W140 of the Ezra Taft Benson Building.
The BYU Student Association will present “BYU Idol” at 7 p.m. in the Varsity Theater. In this free event, the audience picks singing contestants to move onto the final round. Monthly winners will compete for the title of BYU Idol in April. If you are interested in performing, contact the Student Activities Board at (801) 422-3122 or visit the Web site at stab.byu.edu.
Thursday, Feb. 25
Ann Madsen, professor of ancient scripture at BYU, will discuss “Hugh W. Nibley on the Bible” at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium. Her lecture is one of a series sponsored by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute, Religious Education and the Harold B. Lee Library.
Paul Fournel, French writer, poet, publisher and diplomat, will be speaking at Brigham Young University’s David M.Kennedy Center for International Studies at 4 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. Fournel is the cultural official at the French Embassy in London. He is also a cyclist and will be speaking about the “Need for the Bike.”
BYU’s Women’s Services and Resources will present a lecture by Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology in the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences. She will be speaking at noon in 4188 JFSB. Her lecture will be titled “A Test of ‘Tend and Befriend’ Versus ‘Fight or Flight’: The Role of Oxytocin in Response to Stress.”
BYU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be hosting an inorganic chemistry seminar by Michael Jensen of Ohio University at 4 p.m. in W140 of the Ezra Taft Benson Building. The title of his seminar is “Biomimetic Nickel-Sulfur Coordination Chemistry.”
Dean K. Richard Young of the David O. McKay School of Education will discuss "Noble Educators: Striving to be the Best for the World" as part of the Power of Teaching Lecture Series sponsored by the McKay School of Education and the Teacher Education Department. Young's presentation will be at 11 a.m. in 115 McKay Building.
Friday, Feb. 26
The Fifth Annual BYU Church History Symposium, “A Firm Foundation,” will focus on the history of the organization and administration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the BYU Conference Center. Richard Lyman Bushman will open the symposium at 9 a.m. He is the author of “Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling” and one of three general editors of the Joseph Smith Papers. For more information, visit ce.byu.edu/cw/churchHistory.
The BYU Motion Picture Archive Film Series will present “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium.
Saturday, Feb. 27
The African-American Children’s Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event will provide African-American children an opportunity to learn more about their heritage and culture. Parents are also given an occasion to network and exchange ideas and resources. There will be booths, games and activities as well as light refreshments. The event is free.
BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures will be hosting “Stories from around the World” every Friday at 11 a.m. Preschoolers and young children can come to listen to folktales from other cultures and make a craft to take home or share with others. Admission is free.
BYU’s Women’s Services and Resources will be holding a mentoring program every week at Dixon Middle School. Participants who want to be a part of the program can sign up at the Women’s Services office at 3326 Wilkinson Student Center.
Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., children ages 10 and younger can enjoy story time at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, where they will hear stories about animals and nature read by a professional storyteller. Live animals will also be showcased. The event is free each week, and registration is not necessary. For more information, call the museum at (801) 422-5051 or visit mlbean.byu.edu.
Children ages 5-12 are welcome at Saturday Safari at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. Each Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, participants will be transported around the globe, visiting rain forests, deep ocean trenches, deserts and more, while learning about the animals that inhabit each place. Registration is $12 for the first child in a family and $10 for each additional child. Register at least one week in advance as late registration is not accepted. For more information or to register, call the museum at (801) 422-5051. Additional details are available at mlbean.byu.edu.
The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, located at 700 N. 100 East in Provo, presents the exhibit “New Lives: Building Community at Fourmile Ruin.” This exhibit explores an ancient abandoned pueblo in Arizona that was built by native inhabitants. Another exhibit, “Kachinas of the Southwest: Dances, Dolls and Rain,” explores the Hopi religious ceremonies. The museum offers children’s programs as well as various date nights, family home evenings and cultural events. Teaching kits and tours are available, and volunteers are always welcome. Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Hours are extended until 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or visit mpc.byu.edu.
The BYU Museum of Paleontology, formerly the Earth Science Museum, was recently expanded to display most of its collection. Now, with the new 5,000 square-foot addition, the museum features a replica of a 9-foot-long triceratops skull from Montana, dinosaur bones found last summer near Moab, a Cretaceous nest, dinosaur skeletons of a Camptosaurus and an Allosaurus and a mural of the Utah-Colorado region in the Jurassic Period. Visitors can touch real fossils and view fossils being prepared in the active laboratory. The museum, located at 1683 N. Canyon Road in Provo, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended “Family Night” hours Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (801) 422-3680.
The Royden G. Derrick Planetarium at BYU’s Eyring Science Center offers evening shows hosted by the BYU Astronomical Society. Tickets will go on sale at the planetarium door starting at 6:30 p.m. and are $2 each. For a schedule of shows and more information, visit planetarium.byu.edu.
The Family History Library at the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU offers free family history classes the second and fourth Sunday of each month. The classes begin at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The library’s family history resources and consultants are available from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on these Sundays. For more information and a complete schedule of classes, visit www.lib.byu.edu/fslab/classes.html.
Complimentary tours of the BYU campus are available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. For more information, call (801) 422-4678.
Writer: Brandon Garrett