The University of Arizona

Arizona 100: A Celebration
Through the Lens of Time

  • Feb 11

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Program: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall
Free Admission
1020 E. University Blvd.
Reception follows immediately on the Arizona State Museum lawn directly across from Centennial Hall.

Our Arizona – 100 and Counting! journey culminates on Saturday, February 11, 2012 as the community gathers in Centennial Hall to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Arizona’s statehood.

In a program as diverse as the landscape and the people that shape our state, the Colleges of Letters, Arts and Science bring a collaborative approach to a consideration of Arizona, past, present and future.

Share the experience as CLAS faculty and students train the multiple lenses of their disciplines on the place we call home. Through anthropology, history, poetry, tree-ring research, music, natural history, visual imagery, archaeology, dance and astronomy, this multifaceted program uses varying perspectives for a lively, fresh and engaging look at Arizona.

  • Glimpse scientific inquiry by Thomas W. Swetnam, Director of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and Christopher D. Impey, University Distinguished Professor and Deputy Department Head for Astronomy.
  • Experience Arizona through the moving written and spoken words of Tohono O’odham poet and UA Regents’ Professor of Linguistics Ofelia Zepeda and UA Emeritus Regents Professor of English Richard Shelton.
  • Contemplate the future with Thomas Sheridan, research anthropologist in the Southwest Center and Professor in the School of Anthropology, as he discusses his book, Arizona: A History and focuses on water, power and climate change in 21st century Arizona.
  • Marvel at video segments that combine archival material with actors in period costume recreating the environment and people of the UA campus 100 years ago.
  • Examine the history of Arizona through the eyes of women diarists with Judy Nolte Temple, Professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.
  • Enjoy award-winning corridos (musical ballads) from the UA Poetry Center’s Statewide High School Bilingual Corrido Contest as performed by “El Corrido Loco.”
  • Hear John Olsen, Regents’ Professor in the School of Anthropology, tell the story of anthropology and archaeology in Arizona over the last century.
  • Thrill to performances by UA Dance and large School of Music ensembles – the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Choir, Arizona Symphonic Choir, and the Pride of Arizona Marching Band – as they perform selections relevant to the occasion.

Ticket Information

Obtain FREE general admission tickets in advance through the Fine Arts Box Office.

  • By Phone: 520-621-1162
  • Online: Email, put “AZ 100” in subject line; provide number of tickets, name, mailing address including zip code and phone.
  • By Fax: 520-626-8052.  Indicate “AZ 100”; provide number of tickets, name, mailing address including zip code and phone.
  • In Person: Visit the Fine Arts Box Office in the lobby of the Marroney Theatre near the southeast corner of Speedway and Park.  Fifteen minute parking validation available for Park Avenue Garage on the northeast corner of Speedway and Park.

Tickets reserved as of Jan. 31, 2012 will be mailed in advance.  Tickets reserved beginning Feb. 1, 2012 will be held at the “Will Call” window at Centennial Hall starting at noon on Feb. 11.  Any remaining tickets will be available at Centennial Hall starting at noon on Feb. 11.

Fine Box Office Hours:  Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Box Office is closed Dec. 19, 2011 – Jan. 3, 2012.

Parking Information

The historic Centennial Hall is just inside the UA Main Gate at Park Ave. and University Blvd (view Google Map).  The nearest major intersection is Speedway and Euclid Ave.  Please see map. We recommend you park in the Tyndall Avenue Garage (view Google Map), just a short walk from Centennial Hall. The Tyndall Garage is most easily accessed from Euclid Ave. at Fourth St. Parking on Saturday is free.


The University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra on the stage of the Music Building’s Crowder Hall, as featured in the 1961 University yearbook, The Desert.