Documentary Free Screening
Date & TimeWed, 16 Sep 20–Sat, 26 Sep 20
The Ballard Center for Social Impact is hosting a free online screening of The S Word, an award-winning documentary that deconstructs the stigma around suicide.
BYU students and employees can RSVP to watch here. As an added benefit, every BYU student who registers to watch this film results in the Cook Center for Human Connection donating $2 to Hope4Utah, a youth suicide prevention program. Watch party questions will be provided to all who register for the film.
Meddling in the Ballot Box
Date & TimeMonday, 21, Sep 3:00 PM
Why do foreign powers sometimes try to determine who wins an election in another country? What effects does such meddling have on the targeted elections results? Did the Russian intervention in the 2016 US elections matter? In this talk based on a new book on this topic, Dov Levin will provide his answers to these questions. Dov H. Levin is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Hong Kong. Register at tinyurl.com/y2d2llol
Liberal Arts in Tech
Date & TimeTuesday, 22, Sep 2:00 PM
Interested in a career in tech, but not a computer science major? There are lots of opportunities in the tech world with a liberal arts degree. Hear from Qualtrics Learning & Development lead, along with a panel of current Qualtrics employees who studied the liberal arts, about how they've paved their way and you can too! Register here.
Plagues and Pandemics in Europe
Date & TimeTuesday, 22, Sep 4:00 PM
Gain some perspective as we hear from BYU faculty about how European artists, filmmakers, and writers have responded to plagues and pandemics of the past. Come listen to what texts such as Homer's The Iliad, Grünewald's Isenheim Altarpiece, or Bergman's The Seventh Seal have to teach us about living and learning in such times. Register here.
National Parks Diplomacy
Date & TimeTuesday, 22, Sep 7:00 PM
While most people are familiar with famous parks such as Yellowstone and Yosemite, the vast majority are not aware that the National Park Service (NPS) is composed of 419 sites throughout the United States and five of its territories. Often billed as "America's Best Idea," our national parks also tell America's story. In doing so, several sites have helped to enable diplomatic successes or had otherwise direct connections to diplomacy. The NPS has also served as an inspiration to other countries and their park systems. Christine Dal Bello, a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State and voice of the podcast Expedition National Parks, will speak to the NPS's mission to preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations, highlight several NPS sites with connections to diplomacy, and provide information on ways to more effectively engage with NPS parks and other resources, especially during this time of physical distancing. To learn more, visit the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy or register for this event here.
Losers: How What Happens When You Lose Determines the Quality of Democratic Politics
Date & TimeWednesday, 23, Sep 12:00 PM
Successful democracy requires a strong set of candidates who are willing to compete in elections. Since most candidates will lose in elections, democratic politics must provide positive incentives for candidates who know that they might lose. These include institutions that protect all candidates, independent arbiters of elections, and affordable campaigns covered by a fair-minded press. The most successful democracies can best be measured not by what happens to the winners but by the quality of the electoral experience for those who lose. Quinn Mecham is an Associate Professor of Political Science at BYU and the Coordinator of the Middle East Studies/Arabic program in the Kennedy Center. Register to attend this event here.
Ballard Brief Summit
Date & TimeThursday, 24, Sep 6:00 PM
David Williams, former President of Habitat for Humanity and Vice President of Make A Wish America, joins student researchers at the Ballard Brief Summit to teach attendees how research can make a difference. Come learn about some of the world’s most pressing social problems. RSVP required for this Zoom event. RSVP here.
Cherokee Women Trailblazers in the Early 20th Century
Date & TimeFriday, 25, Sep 12:00 PM
Dr. Farina King will discuss the experiences and efforts of Native American women, particularly Cherokee alumnae of the Cherokee National Female Seminary (now present-day Northeastern State University), who emerged as public intellectuals in the early twentieth century. She traces the stories and lives of Indigenous women such as Rachel Caroline Eaton and Isabelle Cobb who supported and advocated for human and civil rights for their peoples in the era of women's suffrage movements leading to the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920. She also emphasizes the intergenerational and ongoing struggles for Native Americans' civil and voting rights in the United States, as part of sovereign Indigenous nations, especially from Indigenous women's perspectives. Farina King is a Diné historian and assistant professor of history and affiliate of the Cherokee and Indigenous Studies Department at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She is the author of The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century (2018). She focuses on Native American and Indigenous experiences in boarding schools during the twentieth century. Learn more about her work at farinaking.com Watch via Zoom here. Meeting ID: 934 0773 9651
Date & TimeMonday, 28, Sep 5:00 PM
In conjunction with the 15th annual McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture Series: In Praise of Independent Journalism, undergraduate and graduate students in Utah are invited to submit an original, 1,000-word essay on the meaning of this quote by Thomas Jefferson for our democracy today: “The only security of all is in a free press.” The winning Utah college/university essay will receive a cash prize of $4,000.00. Deadline for entries is Monday, 28 September 2020. For more information on this competition, read this pdf, visit this website, or call (801) 328-8899.
Kennedy Center Photo Contest
Date & TimeThursday, 1, Oct 5:00 PM
This year, the annual Kennedy Center Photo Contest extends a call to all BYU students whose education was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you participated in a fall 2019 study abroad, were on a disrupted winter 2020 study abroad, could not attend a spring/summer 2020 study abroad due to cancellations, or had to leave campus mid-semester to continue learning from home, we want to see photography that explores your experiences. All students are invited to submit compelling photographs that document how they experience the Kennedy Center’s motto, “Expand your world” this unique school year, even from home. Photos should capture the cultural essence and learning inherent to a global academic experience. All photos should communicate how student understanding of the world is enriched regardless of location during the pandemic. A $1,000 cash prize will be awarded for “Best in Show” and other cash amounts will be awarded to the runners up and honorable mentions. Winners will be notified via e-mail, and all participants will be invited to an awards ceremony. Winning photos will be displayed in the south hall gallery of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. To learn more about the contest or to view the details and requirements for submitting photos, click here. Submission Deadline: 01 October 2020.
Free GRE/GMAT Class
Date & TimeWednesday, 7, Oct 5:00 PM
Attend a LIVE or BROADCAST GRE/GMAT class for free. The instructor, Phil Hatch, earned a perfect score on the GRE, the LSAT, and 790 out of 800 on the GMAT. He'll explain what to expect on test day, how to prepare for the tests, and explain math, verbal, and strategy skills.
Date & TimeThursday, 8, Oct 11:00 AM
Diplomacy careers come in many flavors. Join BYU’s Diplomat in Residence online for discussions on many options, including internships, joining the Foreign Service, specialist positions, consular fellows, and more. The State Department Student Series 2020 is sponsored by BYU Career Services. Reach out to Arnie Allred, career director for international studies, languages, and government, regarding questions about Handshake, Live Chat, resume reviews, mock interviews, or job search. Zoom registration: https://byu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkfu-prTsoHtzGmp1sT8qv_KxSKC5-1Wh6