Events Details - FALL 2021

Halloween Haunts

Bingham Gallery

October 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2021: 5 - 8 pm.

Stained glass scavenger hunt. Free candy. Kids welcome!

More about Halloween Haunts

Halloween Haunts - Oct 4, 11, 18, & 25. 5-8 pm.


Learning Self-Authorship from a High Priestess

Presented by: Tara S. Ivie, PhD

October 21, 2021

What can we learn about internal voice, personal identity, and core values from a 4,000 year old high priestess? What does the modern world tell us to believe about ourselves and how do we navigate voices which surround us and our true internal voice? Engaging in new ways of knowing and articulating what helps us create our personal identity informs how we engage with the world around us. Dr. Tara S. Ivie will discuss the concept of self-authorship with a historical lens of 4,000 year-old writing, The Exaltation of Inanna, and how this critical document changed how the world. Most importantly, how can it change how we engage in our own story and what can we learn to take ownership as the author of our own story?

More about Dr. Tara S. Ivie

Dr. Tara S. Ivie is the Senior Director of the Women's Success Center at Utah Valley University. Dr. Ivie is passionate about helping underrepresented and underresourced individuals go to college and thrive as students. She loves working with folks as they develop their own self-authorship on their journey to graduation. Tara's professional career included working with government, NGO, and military organizations, then returned to higher education and her love of working with students. Dr. Ivie's education focused on people-centric concepts, cultural competency, student development, and strategic leadership.

Filthy Victorians

Presented by: Dr. Leslie Simon

October 28, 2021

Queen Victoria reigned over Great Britain from 1837 to 1901. This period was an age of tremendous cultural, intellectual, scientific, technological, and economic accomplishment, as we see from its depiction in the Roots of Knowledge art installation at UVU. What we do not see in the installation (what often gets hidden away in histories of the era) is that the nineteenth century in England was also—with its engines, chemicals, and newly concentrated urban populations—an age of tremendous filth. Did you know for instance that until the middle of the century, the Thames River served as both the sewer system and the source of drinking and bathing water for the people of London? And did you know that the term “London fog”—charming as it now sounds—referred then to the sulphureous cloud of factory smoke that hovered about the city? In this lecture, we will look behind the images in the Roots of Knowledge windows, as it were, to explore the underbelly of Victorian progress. What uniquely modern problems of waste did Victorians encounter in their urban-industrial world—the smog, the dust, the decay, the disease? And how did these realities (of physical filth) help cultivate vocabularies of moral and social filth in Victorian ideology, whereby objects, ideas, and people might be cast as either clean or dirty, classy or trashy, virtuous or vulgar? Furthermore, what of this legacy—of cleanliness and its other, both in fact and in philosophy—have we in the twenty-first century inherited?

More about Dr. Leslie Simon

Dr. Leslie Simon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Humanities. Since arriving at UVU in 2011, Dr. Simon has served as Philosophy and Humanities Department Chair and as Humanities Program Director, and has received several teaching awards, including the Faculty Excellence Award (2015), the UVU CAL Mentor of the Year Award (2018), and a Student Association Wolverine Commitment to Excellence award (2016, finalist). Dr. Simon earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Boston University, and her B.A. in English Literature and French from Texas A&M University. Her research interests include the life and literature of Charles Dickens, the relations between nineteenth-century literature and mathematics, novels and narrative form, and Victorian literature and culture. Dr. Simon has published in /Dickens Quarterly/, /Dickens Studies Annual/, /Studies in the Novel/, and /Nineteenth-Century Contexts/, and is currently working on a book manuscript on the heap—as an image, an object, and a paradox—in the nineteenth-century imagination, /Heaps: On Dickens and Modern Mathematics/. Her Roots of Knowledge talk comes from a class she is teaching in Fall 2021 for the Department of Philosophy and Humanities and the Department of English, “Filthy Victorians.”


Roots of Knowledge 5th Anniversary Presentations

Presented by: Tom and Gayle Holdman

November 4, 2021


Join The Adventure

Bingham Gallery

November 4, 11, & 18, 2021: 5 - 8 pm.

Thursdays in November, from 5-8 pm, the gallery will be holding Join the Adventure scavenger hunt events.

More about Join the Adventure events

In celebration of the Roots of Knowledge 5th Anniversary, the Bingham Gallery will be holding themed, stained glass scavenger hunts during the month of November. Each event will cover a different group of Easter Eggs and Pop Culture references with prizes each night. Thursdays in November, from 5-8 pm:

November 4 : Treasure

Treasure in Roots of Knowledge stained glass.

November 11: Literary

Alice in Roots of Knowledge stained glass.

November 18: Movies and Music

Casablanca in Roots of Knowledge stained glass.


Roots of Knowledge 5th Anniversary Presentations

Presented by: President Astrid S. Tuminez

November 18, 2021


Breaking Barriers: Transferring Knowledge from the Future Generation to the Current Generation

Presented by: Alexis Palmer, Ed.D.

December 2, 2021

We often discuss how knowledge is transferred from the current generation to the future generation, yet we neglect that many times the future generation knows more than the current generation. Join me as we explore the Roots of Knowledge and discuss how current students are breaking barriers, shaping future knowledge, and helping past generations recognize changes that need to be made in our society.

More about Alexis Palmer, Ed.D.

Alexis Palmer joined Utah Valley University in 2004 and has served in a variety of roles. Palmer has been in her current role as the Associate Vice President of Student Life/Dean of Students since 2014. Her motivation for working in Student Affairs began when she was a Resident Assistant at Idaho State University. The RA experience was transformational and created the foundation of her passion for engaging women in leadership, advancing inclusion initiatives, and student development. Palmer graduated with her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Boise State University, Master’s in Youth and Family Recreation from Brigham Young University, and received an Ed.D. from Grand Canyon University in Organizational Leadership & Development. Her dissertation was a phenomenological study exploring the lived experiences of non-LDS employees who work in a predominantly LDS environment.