November 2018

Bob deWitt - November 8, 1pm

Recreating the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in 3D

Bingham Gallery

This presentation will take a look at the two major contenders for this honor: the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Garden Tomb examining the arguments for each site, but will especially focus on the fascinating and turbulent history of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher from its beginning in a quarry just to the west of Jerusalem, to a Roman temple built over the site, to the Constantinian complex, to the Byzantine Church of the Resurrection, to the present-day Crusader structure; presenting each of the iterations of the church with carefully-researched 3D models.


Professor, Art/Visual Communications

Bob received his Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Art from Brigham Young University in 1972, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He worked in various Commercial Art studios in Mesa, Arizona doing everything from illustration to brochure, billboard, product, architectural rendering and logo design before returning to BYU in 1979 to earn an MFA in Painting and Drawing. He then freelanced in illustration and worked three years in the animation industry until he was hired as a founding member of the Utah Technical College (“the Tech”) art program in 1986, teaching in all disciplines. Thirty-three years later he is the only remaining member of the original faculty. While teaching full time, he returned to BYU in the millennial year of 2000 and earned a Master’s Degree in Art History, specializing in ancient cultures. Meanwhile, he taught himself 3D computer modeling, primarily to re-create ancient architecture for his Art History lectures. His Master’s Thesis explored the various iterations of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, recreating it’s three major identities. He now teaches Art History and 3-D Computer Modeling at UVU and is still passionate about using 3D software to recreate all kinds of things, but especially ancient architecture.

Maritza Sotomayor - November 28, 1pm

Trade Protectionism in the Era of Globalization

Bingham Gallery

After World War II countries opened their economies, ending the protectionist era. Trade of goods and services grew at a faster rate than world production and investment flows crossed borders. Trade specialization implied an internal output reorganization where countries had to reallocate their resources to their best uses. As the process of globalization continued, the origin of a final product could not be attributed to a single country, and many countries became interdependent. Trade protectionism, which once helped the growth of domestic production, may not have the same effects in a context of economic integration. This presentation aims to give a brief overview of different protectionist measures under the economic globalization framework.


Associate Professor: Finance & Economics

Maritza Sotomayor is an Associate Professor from the Finance & Economics Department. She has been teaching at UVU since 2009. The focus of her research is in international economics, in particular, Latin American countries. Her current work is on the measurement of Global Value Chains for the Mexican manufacturing industry. Originally from Peru, she lived for several years in Mexico and Spain.


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