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Thursday, February 8

7:00 am - 11:55 pm    Work in Progress Mural Project at Utah State University

Exhibit / Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art

The Work in Progress is a collage-style mural that is a stunning visualization of the impact of women on our society. It is a community project and the brainchild of Jann Haworth. To date, over 120 Utah men and women have created stencil portraits of more than 150 women who are catalysts for change in the arts, sciences and social evolution. Their portraits were then made into a beautiful collage by artist Liberty Blake. The mural is over 40 feet long and growing. A reproduction of the mural will be on view in the lower level of Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library January 16 – March 29, 2018. Some 30 USU faculty and students will contribute to this mural as they propose names of women from their fields for inclusion in new segments of the mural. This project is being organized for USU by the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art who is partnering with Merrill-Cazier Library on this Year of the Arts initiative.

Merrill-Cazier Library, More Info


8:00 am - 8:00 pm    The Built Environment Exhibit

Arts & Entertainment / Merrill-Cazier Library

In commemoration of Utah State University’s 130-year anniversary and the Year of the Arts, the Merrill-Cazier Library presents an exhibit celebrating USU’s Built Environment. The exhibition tells the story of USU’s development – from the first master plan in 1912, through both world wars, the Great Depression, and beyond. Additionally, Built Environment highlights student and community efforts to shape the campus. Drawing on documents in the library’s Special Collections and Archives, student intern Cody Patton prepared the narrative for the exhibit under the direction of University Archivist, Robert Parson.

Merrill-Cazier Library, More Info


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm    Maureen Hearns: “Creative Healing: A sojourn of health."

Presentation/Speeches / Other

Dr. Hearns is Associate Professor and Director of the Music Therapy Program at Utah State University. Her dissertation, Music Therapists' Self-Care: Examining the Effectiveness of Educational Preparation for Clinical Practice, explored how the practice of self-care impacts a clinician's professional and personal life. Previous research studies have investigate the efficacy of music therapy interventions with women victims of domestic violence, and mother-child bonding behaviors in families altered by the effects of domestic violence.

Merrill-Cazier Library, More Info


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm    Presentation: 'The Professorial President and his Translator'

Lecture & Readings / History

Dr. Brandon Manning, an assistant professor and director of African American Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will present a talk exploring President Obama's performance of anger and humor at the 2015 White House Correspondents' dinner.

Merrill-Cazier Library, More Info


4:30 pm - 6:30 pm    Built Environment Exhibit Opening and Gallery Talk

Arts & Entertainment / Merrill-Cazier Library

This event marks the official grand opening of the Merrill-Cazier Library's exhibit, "The Built Environment." Beginning at 4:30, there will be an hour-long reception with light refreshments. At 5:30, Martha Bradley Evans will give a presentation entitled, "Two Landscapes: The Cache Valley and USU’s Campus." Guest speaker Martha Bradley Evans is a professor in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah. She serves as the vice chair of the Utah State Board of History and chair of the Utah Heritage Foundation. Her most recent work on spatial religious communities maps the distinctive patterns, meanings and practices of communal religious groups such as the Branch Davidians, the FLDS, and Adidam as they imagine and construct spatial worlds. Her past scholarship includes three main areas: Public History, Gender and Community, and Religious Community.

Merrill-Cazier Library, More Info


7:00 pm - 9:30 pm    USU Guitar, Bass and Drum Festival

Arts & Entertainment / Caine College of the Arts

With world-class artists Gilad Hekselman and Fareed Haque

Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall, More Info


7:30 pm - 9:30 pm    The Great God Pan

Arts & Entertainment / Caine College of the Arts

Jamie has a great life in Brooklyn--a beautiful girlfriend, a flourishing journalism career and parents who live just far enough away. His seemingly perfect life implodes when childhood trauma is brought to light and throws him into a tailspin. This deeply compassionate play tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a previous truth unravels.

Chase Fine Arts Center, More Info