“Out of the shade” exhibition

Poster van de expositie ''Uitgelicht"

The Botanical Gardens and Dutch Botanical Artists Association present Out of the shade (Uitgelicht!), an exhibition on shade plants. In addition to shining a light on this special plant group, the exhibition will also feature a collection of botanical art. Botanical artists have created large portraits of some 40 plant species, which can be found scattered throughout the Gardens. Shade plants, as the name suggests, prefer a somewhat darker environment. This does require all kinds of evolutionary tweaks, like large leaves capable of catching light, lots of chlorophyll, leaves with red undersides and so on.

On display at the Botanical Garden from 10:00 to 16:30 through 2 July. Visit this website for more information.

Anniversary Celebrations

Foto van de haard van de Faculty Club

The Faculty Club will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2023. In advance of the festive event this autumn, a Fifth Anniversary Launch Party will be held on 6 April. Visit their website for more information about the programme

The Faculty Club also organises drinks every Thursday and a Happy Hour every first Thursday of the month. Drinks are half-price during Happy Hour, with snacks provided by the Faculty Club and caterer Vineyard. You can enjoy a hot meal after Happy Hour in the form of a daily special. Dinner reservations are not compulsory, but we do recommend securing a table in advance. Feel free to invite colleagues or friends!

Anniversary launch party on Thursday 6 April 2023 from 5 pm to 10 pm. Drinks every Thursday from 5 pm and Happy Hour every first Thursday of the month from 5 pm.

Science & Fiction

Foto van het Louis Hartlooper Complex

The School of Governance and the Louis Hartlooper Complex arthouse cinema will host the twelfth edition of the Science & Fiction film series in May and June. Over the course of four evenings, they will be screening four unique films with introductions by scientific researchers. Visitors can discuss the films with the researchers after the screening. This year’s theme is Who’s in? The film series will take place on 16 and 30 May and 13 and 27 June 2023.

For details, visit their website.

Doctor Atomic

Poster van opera Doctor Atomic

The Utrecht Student Concert is celebrating its 200th anniversary and will be organising an ambitious project to mark the occasion: seven performances of the exciting and topical opera Doctor Atomic. In July, the Werkspoorkathedraal in Utrecht will be transformed into a festival site and opera theatre where audiences can immerse themselves in the Manhattan Project: the development and testing of the first atomic bomb. The opera and festival recount the story of the scientists’ incredible effort and their own doubts and fears about their creation.

Werkspoorkathedraal, 13 to 25 July. For Information and tickets, visit their website. To participate in the crowdfunding campaign, visit this website

What makes people rise up in protest?

Studenten bij herdenkingsmonument

Under what circumstances do people rise up in protest and why? What role do social networks, ideas and skills play in these processes? And why are some resistance movements fundamentally non-violent while others are specifically violent? Historian and Professor Ismee Tames (Utrecht University & NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies) studies people’s experiences in times of war and mass violence.

She will be delivering a lecture after the commemoration of UU staff and students who died in the war at the monument outside the entrance to the auditorium and the public commemoration on Dom Square.

Thursday 4 May 2023 from 20:00 to 21:30 at the University Hall auditorium.

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