Happening in March
For many, March is a favorite month for two reasons: the Tucson Festival of Books and spring break.
If it isn't your favorite, you might change your mind after seeing what's in store for you on campus this month. From a production of one of Shakespeare's comedies to a day dedicated to having fun with lasers, the month is packed with opportunities to have a good time. For the serious-minded, this month offers thought-provoking lectures and events geared toward those with interests in the digital world.
If those don't tickle your fancy, read on for more suggestions, or visit the UA Master Calendar.
Tucson's rich history meets the digital age during Community Digitization Day. Bring family photographs, letters, certificates, brochures, church programs and other materials that relate to Tucson and surrounding areas from the 1900-1970 time period. Materials brought to the Main Library can be scanned and participants will receive a free copy of their digitized materials on a USB drive as well as their original materials. You can also contribute to the public record of the community by giving the University Libraries permission to share the scans or your materials in an online archive. Each participant can bring up to 10 items, with a maximum size of 14x16 inches. The event includes a free workshop on how to preserve photographs, which will be led by Jae Gutierrez, senior photograph conservator at the UA Center for Creative Photography.
Since 1982, the Fauthauer Lecture has brought internationally known scholars to the UA's Eller College of Management. This year, the Fauthauer Lecture will feature Eric S. Maskin, recipient of the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics and the Adams University Professor at Harvard University. Maskin will present "How to Improve Presidential Elections." The lecture takes place from 5:15-6:30 p.m., followed by a reception in McClelland Hall's Estes Atrium. RSVP here.
Celebrate literature at the ninth annual Tucson Festival of Books. This two-day festival brings hundreds of authors and thousands of book lovers to the UA Mall for author presentations, panel discussions, exhibits, contests, book sales, food, entertainment and more. Join National Book Award winners Colson Whitehead, author of "The Underground Railway" for his session called "Incredible Journeys" or Ibram X. Kendi, author of "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Rascist Ideas in America." He will present on three panels about slavery, race and politics in America. Visit the Tucson Festival of Books website for more information.
In this Shakespeare classic, audiences experience a unique romance when Viola gets mixed up in the strangest love triangle while disguised as a boy. Expect mayhem, mix-ups and foolery to ensue in this enjoyable comedy. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Arizona Repertory Theatre's website or the College of Fine Arts box office.
The popular laser maze returns for the seventh year at the UA College of Optical Science's Laser Fun Day. During this free family event, kids and their families can learn about the fascinating field of optics through exhibits, which include a 6-foot-long kaleidoscope, laser radios, solar telescopes and an infrared camera. Kids can also participate in a mystery hunt and receive a prize at the end. This event will take place at the Meinel Optical Science Building from 10 a.m.-3p.m.
Research Bazaar, a worldwide festival, is coming to the UA Mall for the first time! The event promotes digital literacy, which is needed with modern research. The Research Bazaar website says the event "promotes digital literacy emerging at the center of modern research" during a series of workshops and "unconference" meetings. This free event aims to equip researchers and community members from all career stages with the digital skills and tools required to do research better, faster and smarter. For more information and a full schedule of the two-day event, please visit the Research Bazaar website. Register here.