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What's New at BYU for July 2010

Tuesday, July 13

Paul B. Farnsworth, chair of BYU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will be the devotional speaker at 11:05 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at Rebroadcast and archive information will be available at or

Wednesday, July 14

Acoustic Explosion will feature some up-and-coming talent on the guitar. The event is free and will take place at Lee Lane (the lawn north of the Wilkinson Student Center) at 7 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, July 15-16

BYU will play host to the 23rd Symposium on Books for Young Readers. Six award-winning and nationally recognized authors and illustrators will be presenting. The symposium is for librarians, teachers, parents and anyone who enjoys children’s literature. The presenters will share their perspectives on children’s literature and be available to answer questions. Registration is available online at or by calling (801) 422-8925.

Friday, July 16

BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures will be hosting a Mystery Dinner Date Night at 6 p.m. Couples will be provided a meal, identities and a night full of suspense. Tickets are $24 and are available at the WSC Information Desk beginning Monday, July 12.

Tuesday, July 20

Laura Bridgewater of BYU’s Microbiology and Molecular Biology Department will present a forum at 11:05 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The forum will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at Rebroadcast and archive information will be available at or

Friday, July 23

BYU will be attempting to break a world record for the world’s largest water balloon fight during the “Cougar Cooldown” at the Richards Building Field at noon. The goal is 4,000 participants with 120,000 water balloons. A free lunch will also be provided, and participants are encouraged to sign up for the blood drive that will be conducted after the event by the Red Cross. BYU students are encouraged to sign up online at

Tuesday, July 27

David Paxman of BYU’s Humanities Department will be the devotional speaker at 11:05 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The devotional will be broadcast live on the BYU Broadcasting channels and online at Rebroadcast and archive information will be available at or

Tuesday through Friday, July 27-30

BYU will host the 42nd annual Conference on Family History and Genealogy. The conference will offer more than 100 classes to help family history enthusiasts. Three keynote addresses will be given by Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander, emeritus member of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Curt B. Witcher, former president of the National Genealogical Society; and Daniel C. Lawyer, senior product manager for FamilySearch. Registration and more information are available at

Wednesday, July 28

There will be free mini golf at 5:30 p.m. in Brigham Square hosted by the BYU Student Activities Board.

All Month

The L. Tom Perry Special Collections on the first level of the Harold B. Lee Library will be showcasing its newest exhibit, “99 Most Beautiful Names.” The artwork in the exhibit represents the various names of God inspired by the Quran and the Islamic religion. The exhibit will be open until September 2010.

The Museum of Art will present a religious exhibition that will allow viewers to explore their own faith in Jesus Christ. “James Tissot: The Life of Christ” features 124 watercolors by 19th-century French artist James Tissot. A committed Christian, Tissot devoted 10 years of his adult life to the creation of these works of art, which depict events surrounding the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Other exhibits include “Bill Owens: Suburbia,” a sly photographic study of suburban life in the 1970s; "The First 100 Years: Collecting Art at BYU"; and "American Dreams: Selected Works from the Museum's Permanent Collection of American Art." Admission is free. The Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday.

The “Education in Zion” exhibit’s newest gallery, “Inheritance,” located on the second floor of the Joseph F. Smith Building, will be open daily. “Inheritance” is comprised of art by students of BYU visual arts faculty member Sunny Belliston Taylor. Some art pieces allow participants to contribute. Weekly FHE nights are available at the “Education in Zion” exhibit. Call (801) 422-6519 to schedule or for more information.

The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum conducts weekly live animal shows. Reptiles are showcased Mondays at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. There will also be one show daily, Tuesday through Saturday, including Adaptations, Utah Plants and Animals, Ecosystems and Invertebrates and Reptiles. Each show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., children ages 10 and younger can enjoy story time at the Monte L. Bean 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

Children ages 5-12 are welcome at Saturday Safari at the Monte L. Bean Museum. Each Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon participants will be transported to rain forests, deep ocean trenches, deserts and tundras, learning about the animals that inhabit each place. Registration is $12 per child to be paid one week in advance. Registration is not accepted the day of the class due to preparations involved. For more information or to register, call the museum at (801) 422-5051 or visit

Wildlife Adventures will be held at the Monte L. Bean Museum Tuesdays from noon to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. The adventures will allow children to learn about life sciences (Tuesdays), visit places like the zoo or Timpanogos Cave or try to catch reptiles at a pond. Wildlife Adventures costs $35, and more information is available at

The Monte L. Bean Museum will host Nature Experienceships. Children ages 12 and older (including adults) can sign up to spend time with an expert. For example, insect expert Shawn Clark will be at the museum June 19 at 10 a.m. Merrill Webb will also conduct bird watching classes July 17 at 7:30 a.m. Experienceships cost $10 and can be reserved by calling (801) 422-5051.

The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, located at 700 N. 100 East in Provo, presents a new exhibit, “Beneath Your Feet: Discovering the Archaeology of Utah Valley,” which delves into the prehistory of Utah Valley. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or visit

The MPC also offers FHE nights every second Monday of the month. There is a 6:30 p.m. FHE for families from the community and a 7:30 p.m. FHE for student FHE groups. Reservations are required and cost $5 ($10 for groups over 15). Call (801) 422-0020 to make a reservation. Reservations must be made by noon on the day the group wants to attend. The MPC will also be hosting “Mornings @ the Museum” every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 4-11, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join for tours, stories and fun activities. The program is free, but reservations are required. Call (801) 422-0020 to make a reservation.

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 Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (801) 422-3680.

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 or call (801) 422-6200.

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

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