Happening in February
If you love music, travel, learning and crafting, the events happening on campus in February have a lot to offer. Among our picks for you are a performance by the top student musicians at the School of Music, a talk by the U.S. Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, and the final four lectures in the College of Science's annual lecture series.
Below, find information about those events plus lots of others. Looking for more things to do? Be sure to check out the UA Master Calendar.
45th Annual President's Concert | Feb. 2 and 3
The President's Concert will feature the Arizona Symphony Orchestra and student soloists who won the 2017-18 UA Concerto Competition in the fall. Soloists are: soprano vocalist Emily Garcia, performing Giacomo Puccini's "Mi chiamano Mimí" from "La Bohème"; percussionist Michael Pratt, performing movement No. 1 of Emmanuel Séjourné's Concerto for Vibraphone and String Orchestra; cellist Juan Mejía, performing the first movement of Joseph Haydn's Concerto for Violoncello in C Major; and pianist Tyler Ramos, performing the first movement of Frédéric Chopin's Concerto No. 1 in E Minor. The concert on Feb. 3 will be a repeat performance of the first night.
'Consider Yourself Challenged' | Feb. 3
This charity event will feature a demonstration of UA adaptive sports to celebrate and support adaptive athletes in Southern Arizona. Demonstrations will include wheelchair rugby, men and women's wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair track, hand-cycling and others. The event is free, and all proceeds from a raffle and silent auction will go to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, UA Adaptive Athletics and UA Campus Recreation.
UA Science Lecture Series: 'Humans, Data and Machines' | Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26
The College of Science's annual lecture series, now in its 13th year, continues through February. This year's series presents lectures on the topic of artificial intelligence, featuring experts in disciplines including law, geography and computer science from the UA and beyond. Attendees at the Feb. 5 lecture will hear from Nirav Merchant, director of information technology at Arizona Research Laboratories, as he explores machine learning. On Feb. 12, Luis Von Ahn, consulting professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, will discuss how humans make up for what machines cannot do. UA law professor Jane Bambauer, in her Feb. 19 lecture, will explore how machine learning impacts things like economic and legal decisions about credit, employment and criminal justice. And Vincent Del Casino, professor of geography and development and vice president for academic initiatives and student success, will close the series on Feb. 26 by challenging the everyday notion of "big data."
Marilyn Ray, a potter from the Acoma Pueblo near Albuquerque, will preside over several hours of hands-on activities at Arizona State Museum, including a chance to work alongside Ray to make a clay figure. The event is perfect for families, and is free with museum admission: $5 for adults, free for children under 17 and UA students and employees. Culture Craft Saturdays are part of the museum's Honoring Traditions, Bridging Generations Master Artist Series, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
UA Passports, part of the Office of Global Initiatives, will hold a special passport application day. The event aims to curb the long lines the office typically sees leading up to the UA's spring recess and the spring breaks for some Tucson schools, and allow enough processing time before those breaks. Walk-ins are welcome. Photos for passports can be taken at the office.
The James E. Rogers College of Law presents a talk by Adam Liptak, lawyer and Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times. Liptak and associate professor of law Jason Kreag will discuss the intersection of law, media and the Supreme Court. The event will be held in the college's Ares Auditorium and is free. The talk will be livestreamed in Room 160. The talk is hosted by the college's J. Byron McCormick Society for Law and Public Affairs.
Innovation Expo 2018 | Feb. 22
Use your lunch hour to visit the Innovation Expo, presented by the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the Eller College of Management. This event showcases student startups and innovations, entrepreneurial education opportunities and community resources available to local entrepreneurs. Visitors can earn McGuire Bucks to vote for their favorite student teams. The team with the most McGuire Bucks will win the Investors' Choice Award, which comes with a cash prize of $500.