Happening in March
Spring has arrived at the UA. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and a number of exciting events are unfolding on campus all month long.
Whether you prefer science or poetry, there is a UA lecture series for you. Maybe the theater is more your scene? The Arizona Repertory Theatre will present the classic tragedy "Othello" in March. A number of notable visitors also will visit the UA this month, including Ireland's first female president, Mary Robinson, and political activist Noam Chomsky. In addition, thousands of authors, families and book lovers of all ages will converge on the UA Mall for the annual Tucson Festival of Books.
If you're interested in learning about more events happening in March, check out the UA Master Calendar.
University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy Chris Impey will present "Intelligent Life Beyond Earth" as part of the UA College of Science's "Life in the Universe" lecture series. Impey is internationally renowned for his research on observational cosmology, galaxies and quasars, and his work has been supported by $20 million in grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation. In his presentation, he will discuss one of the most prominent questions in his field: Are we alone in the universe? The free lecture starts at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall.
Opening Night – 'Othello' | March 11
Love, deceit, jealousy and murder – "Othello" has all of the makings of a classic Shakespearian tragedy. The Moorish general, Othello, has overcome many odds to marry his love, Desdemona. But Othello will not live in happiness if the revengeful Iago can help it. "Othello" will run March 11 through April 5 in the UA's Tornabene Theatre. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Mary Robinson, who served as the first female president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, will present this discussion on the importance of including disadvantaged global populations in climate change solutions. This will be the first visit to Arizona for Robinson, who also formerly served as the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights and was selected as one of Time magazine's top 100 men and women who are changing the world. This talk is sponsored by the UA Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice.
Tucson Festival of Books | March 14-15
Bookworms unite! The Tucson Festival of Books will return to the UA Mall for a weekend filled with author panels, workshops, youth programs, book signings, presentations, cooking demonstrations and many other engaging activities. Since it started in 2009, the Tucson Festival of Books has drawn crowds of more than 100,000 and has contributed more than $1 million for local literacy programs. The UA sponsors the festival in partnership with the Arizona Daily Star.
A Conversation with Noam Chomsky | March 15
Noam Chomsky is considered by some to be the "Elvis of academia." Chomsky is professor emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is credited with revolutionizing the field of linguistics. Free general admission tickets to his talk are available at sbs.arizona.edu/Chomsky. During the event, John Nichols, correspondent for "The Nation," will interview Chomsky on a variety of topics. Attendees are invited to submit questions for Chomsky here.
The Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry will present this event as part of its Creative Collaborations series, which combines discussion with musical performances. In honor of National Women's History Month, this collaboration will explore the advancement of opportunities in the workforce for women since the 20th century. It begins on the first floor of the UA BookStore at the Student Union Memorial Center at 11 a.m.
UA Prose Series – Elizabeth Evans | March 26
Stop by the UA Poetry Center for this Creative Writing Program series featuring notable prose writers. On the evening of March 26, Elizabeth Evans, a longtime professor in the UA Creative Writing Program and author of six fiction books, will read selections from her work. Afterward, she will participate in a short Q-and-A session and a book signing.