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Humanities Forum Topics and Presenters

2014 Humanities Forum Programs




Researching Calamity Jane

Having researched Calamity Jane for 25 years, Glenda Bell examines the life of the western icon, searching for authenticity among the mythology.

About the presenter: Glenda Bell is a former librarian and teacher. She lives in Powell

Contact: (307) 754-2812,



Dutch Oven Cooking

The people of Wyoming embrace outdoor camping. This experience can be enhanced with the incorporation of a meal made using a Dutch oven. Jessica Flock explores the history and culture of Dutch oven cooking in this interactive presentation.

Wheels through Wyoming: Chronicles of Bicycling in the Equality State

Jessica Flock examines Wyoming’s bicycling history, including the Laramie Wheelmen, the Laramie Bicycling Club, Elmer Lovejoy, Thomas Stevens, women on bikes, and the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps.

About the presenter: Jessica Flock is a former teacher and youth librarian. She lives in Laramie.

Contact: (307) 760-7643 or



Creatures: Our Loves for Life

Dorene Ludwig presents English-language poems about animals.

Union or Bust

Dorene Ludwig presents a history of labor unions in the United States.

Vittles, Victuals and Viands

Dorene Ludwig examines historic American food traditions.

About the presenter: Dorene Ludwig is the artistic director and president of the American Living History Theater in Greybull. She has appeared in her various one-woman productions coast to coast. The National Park Service, NASA, the U.S. Army and UCLA all have employed her as a trainer and consultant.

Contact: (307) 765-9449 or



Wyoming’s Desert Wilderness: BLM Lands Eligible for Protection

In this presentation, Erik Molvar examines potential wildlife areas that exist on public lands in Wyoming and discusses the process for their designation as such.

Don’t Fence Me Out: Wilderness and Public Lands in Wyoming 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Erik Molvar discusses the history of public lands in Wyoming, from the Open Range and public domain days through the creation of Yellowstone, to the establishment of national forests.


About the presenter: Erik Molvar works for WildEarth Guardians and is the former executive director of the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance. He has a master’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Contact: or 307-399-7910


Jim Crow Nation

This presentation examines the Jim Crow laws enacted between the late 19th and early 20th century and includes a discussion of discriminatory laws in Wyoming’s past.

Boomer Nation

This presentation examines the impact of the Baby Boomer generation on the life of our nation.

Cigarette Wars: A Forgotten Crusade

Few activists on either side of the current arguments over tobacco realize that a century ago, Americans were already engaged in a spirited debate over the cigarette. Indeed, participants in these earlier discussions developed many of the same points heard today.

The Lights Go Out: World War I and American Culture

While Americans fought only in the final 18 months of World War I, the battlefield conditions, appalling casualties, and the bitter debate over the peace treaty created disillusionment that led to much of the culture wars of the 1920s and 1930s.

About the presenter: William Moore is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Wyoming.

Contact: (307) 742-4906 or



Inspired by Yellowstone: Thomas Moran’s and William Henry Jackson’s Artistic Journey in Wonderland

Thomas Moran and William Henry Jackson used paint and photography to bring the wonders of Yellowstone into popular knowledge in 1872, making an important contribution to American art and supporting the campaign to make it the world’s first national park.

Wyoming, the Railroad State: The Impact of an Indispensable Industry

The railroad is responsible for the Wyoming we know today. The construction of the Union Pacific in 1868 gave rise to the towns, the geography of settlement, the economy, and even the politics of Wyoming. When the Chicago Burlington and Quincy built across the northern part of the state in the 1890s, a similar transformation took place.

About the presenter: Greg Nickerson has a master’s degree in history from the University of Wyoming. He is a contributor to WyoFile and to

Contact: (307)752-6031 or



Women and Horror

This presentation examines women’s roles in horror films and novels, as well as their reception of the genre.

About the presenter: Jessica Robinson works for the University of Wyoming Foundation.

Contact:(307) 399-6615 or



Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

This presentation explores the Great Depression through story and song, while inviting audience members to share memories and family tales of the depression.

Songs from a House Divided: The Sound Track of the Civil War

This presentation examines songs of the Civil War era as musical snapshots capturing particular moments of the war.

Songs in the Key of Food

This program looks at how we sometimes define ourselves through what we put on our plates and the songs the menu engenders.

Stories, Songs and Sodbusters

Homesteaders, following a different dream, went west and stayed. Braving the “Great American Desert” with hand tools and a bucket of hope, they sang about the land of milk and honey. By the time they’d settled on their claims their songs included lyrics about alkali water, grasshopper plagues, chickens with the pip, leaky sod huts and coyotes at the door.

 About the presenter: Bill Rossiter taught at Flathead Valley Community College in Montana and is also a member of the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau.

Contact: (406) 755-2236 or



Transhumance Today

Transhumance is the seasonal movement of livestock with their human herders, from camel herders in Mongolia, to water buffalo tenders in India, the Masai men with their cattle, and goat herders in Spain. This presentation will give examples of how these systems operate, and their beliefs and challenges.

About the presenter: Cat Urbigkit is an author and photographer based on a western Wyoming sheep ranch.

Contact: (307) 276-5393 or



Introduction to Islam for the Equality State

This presentation focuses on defining the scope of Islamic history and geography, explaining the five pillars, introducing Islamic scripture and the prophet, and letting Islamic texts talk for themselves.

Moses, Jesus and Muhammad

Much of the world today has been shaped by religous tradtions ascribed to Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Judiasm, Christianity and Islam repeat narratives about them, and the sacred year is organized around events in their lives. Seth Ward presents parallels from the lives of these individuals in order to illustrate aspects of contemporary research and the development of religous ideas over time.

Understanding the Arab Spring

This presentation examines news from the Middle East and the various roles of religion, ethnicity, national self-determination, external political influences, and various ideological movements in shaping the ongoing Arab spring and hopes for a new Middle East.

The Middle East and Israel in Film

Films can provide a window into the deepest issues in the Middle East and Israel. This presentation requires equipment to show film clips.

About the presenter: Seth Ward teaches Islamic history and religion at the University of Wyoming. He received his PhD in Near Eastern languages and literature from Yale University.

Contact: (303) 981-7561 or


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