Play at Playground Games



Press release from the UA Confluencecenter for Creative Inquiry:


7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Two research units at the University of Arizona are teaming up to play matchmaker. The Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry (CCI) and the Institute of the Environment (IE) are hosting a live game show-like event Playground Games—think  speed-dating meets Shark Tank, but with an academic spin—from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 on the roof of the Playground Bar & Lounge in downtown Tucson. The faculty contestants are divided into interdisciplinary teams that will speed-network, plan a project, and pitch their ideas to a panel of three judges and the audience. Two winning teams will be funded before the fast-paced night is over!

Drawing on IE’s Art and Environment initiative and CCI’s collaborative and interdisciplinary endeavors, the night will bring together faculty who didn’t necessarily know each other beforehand. The groups will be formed, randomly, on the spot. When you get brilliant people together on a roof, sparks can fly!

The judges will evaluate the project pitches and the audience will help make the final decision on which teams are funded. Audience participation space is limited, so RSVP here today!

“Institute of the Environment is thrilled to partner with Confluencenter, in contributing to bringing together diverse members of the University of Arizona’s community of scholars,” said IE’s Deputy Director for Science Translation & Outreach Gregg Garfin. “Individually, their ideas and work demonstrate the truth of Walt Whitman’s phrase ‘I am large, I contain multitudes.’ Collectively, their creative collaborative scholarship is emblematic of the University of Arizona’s strong commitment to interdisciplinary research, and Tucson’s long tradition of marrying artistic and scientific intellect with concerns about the environment and social justice.”

The rooftop of Playground Bar & Lounge has a beautiful backdrop of downtown Tucson, and you can expect a cozy, warm, and intimate atmosphere.  Appetizers will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase.

Come out and play!

Playground Bar & Lounge is located at 278 E. Congress St., at the corner of 5th Avenue and Congress. This event is produced by Institute of the Environment and Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. Visit these University of Arizona research centers at

Contact: Jamie Manser,, 621-4587 or Angie Brown,, 626-9987

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).