Spring 2017

January 25: Weber State University welcomes Diana Liverman, PhD, of the University of Arizona as part of The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences' Distinguished Lecture Series. Her lecture, entitled "The Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change: Living Well Within Planetary Boundaries" will address the role of social sciences in explaining the causes and consequences of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss, and in developing solutions to environmental problems. Hurst Center Dumke Legacy Hall, 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 

January 26: Weber State University welcomes Dr. Rebecca Barrett-Fox of Arkansas State University for the Sociology & Anthropology Brown Bag Series presentation "The Hottest Part of Hell: Growing Up, Leaving, and Staying in Westboro Baptist Church." This presentation examines how children and adolescents learn the rhetoric and theology of Westboro Baptist church, how they are socialized into the church's anti-gay activism, and how they decide, upon adulthood, to stay in a place where, very often, they have felt loved and cared for, or exit into the world they have been condemning. Social Science Building, Room 103, 1:30 p.m.

February 16: The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences' Department of History presents a lecture by Professor Abdul Nasser Kaadan, Visiting International Professor. Dr. Kaadan will explain the the causes and consequences of the Syrian crisis and will contemplate as well what the future may hold for the nation and the region. Dr. Kaadan is an historian and physician and also a Syrian refugee. Until 2015, he was Professor of the History of Medicine at Aleppo University. In 2015, he was forced to flee from Syria to Turkey. He arrived in Utah in December of 2016. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Dumke Legacy Hall, Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning.

February 21: "I love You to South Sudan and Back" Amnesty International and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences welcome Jima Dige “Philip” Leko, who twice escaped with his life from the genocide of Sudan, to speak about his experiences and discuss the nation’s civil war. The presentation is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. The campus community is invited to hear Leko’s story.  

March 6-10:  Volunteers are needed for Brain Awareness Week during Spring Break! Gain volunteer or leadership hours and give yourself a chance to reach out to local schools and teach about the brain and the body. Hours are supported by WeberSync. Contact Eddie Martinez OR call/text 801-928-9075 for more information. Or click here to sign up! 

March 14:  "Gender, Genocide and Humanitarianism: How the World Has Failed Ezidi Women." Women & Gender Studies and the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences presents a lecture by Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at Stockton University. Von Joeden-Forgey has lectured and published widely in the field of German history, gender and genocide prevention. The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. 

March 15: "Coup, Criticism and Contempt: Free Speech from Patterson to Bridges." Weber State University Jennings Olsen Award winner and WSU Assistant Professor of political science, Dr. Richard Price, will give a talk on the history of free speech in America. He will explore the history of two key cases to demonstrate the dramatic constitutional evolution of free speech protection. The hour-long talk will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building, North Skyroom 404A. This event is free and open to the public.

March 16: "Policing Race" For decades, the criminal justice system has incarcerated people of color at a disparate rate. how has the activities of law enforcement specifically contributed to this outcome? We will look at zero tolerance, saturation patrol, stop and frisk as well as other issues facing policing today.- Chris Burbank, Retired Chief, SLC / Current Director of Law Enforcement Engagement with the Center for Policing Equity.  This talk will take place at 12:00 p.m. in the Shepher Union Lair, SU 235. The event is free and open to the public.

April 5: "NOT FOR RENT!" WSU is hosting a screening of the documentary film “NOT FOR RENT!,” which examines the obstacles ex-felons face searching for housing after release from incarceration. The film follows several individuals with felony convictions as they discuss the stumbling blocks they’ve encountered attempting to find a place to live. In addition to the film, attendees will enjoy guest speakers, a Q & A with the director, and a free lunch. The event will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. Admission is free, but seating is limited. More information and tickets to the screening can be found at

Fall 2016



November 7: The Weber Historical Society lecture series welcomes author and historan William MacKinnon for his presentation entitled "A Sixty-Year Hitch With the Utah War: Surprises and Conclusions." MacKinnon will tell stories about the little-known confrontation in the 1850s between those living in the Utah territory and the U.S. government, Dumke Legecy Hall, 7 p.m., free and open to the public.

November 18: Meet professor Sara Dant, of the WSU history department and author of Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West and WSU geography professor Dan Bedford, co-author of Climate Change: Examining the Facts. The authors will be discussing the subject of climate change and signing books in the Fireplace Lounge, Shepherd Union Building, 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

November 30: The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences presents the next installment of the Department of History sponsored film series Testaments of Youth: Childhood, Adolescence, and Cinema, 1955-1968. Jean-Luc Godard's classic "Masculin/Feminin" will be screened in the Wildcat Theater, 7 p.m.

December 5: Politics and Pizza Forum: Debating the Electoral College. This event, sponsored by the Weber County League of Women Voters, will discuss the pros and cons of the Electoral College system. Will be located in The Lair, in the Shepherd Union Building at 11:30 a.m.

December 7: The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences presents the last installment of the Department of History sponsored film series Testaments of Youth: Childhood, Adolescence, and Cinema, 1955-1968. The final film in the series is "Heißer Sommer" (Hot Summer), directed by Joachim Hasler. The film will be screened in the Wildcat Theater, 7 p.m. 

December 16: Fall 2016 Graduation Commencement Ceremonies