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Jan
21
Sun
#MeToo “Shared Experiences – Different Cultures” @ Black Box Theatre
Jan 21 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
#MeToo “Shared Experiences – Different Cultures” @ Black Box Theatre

Three presentations focused on sexual abuse, gender violence and the way forward:

#MeToo: How and Why This Happened, What It Means and How To Move Forward by Mary Billiter, award-winning weekly newspaper columnist, college writing instructor and author

As new revelations of unacceptable behavior in every industry breaks daily as more women come forward in response to the viral #MeToo movement, preventing sexual predation begins with understanding that not all sexual assaults or sexual harassment against women are monolithic. It took a close friend’s recent rape for Wyoming columnist Mary Billiter to come to terms with her own rape and years of sexual abuse that had silenced her voice.

Compassion is a force stronger than violence by Keely Herron, marketing, branding and creative communications specialist

How could compassionate listening change the way we discuss gender violence? Keely Herron draws on her background in consumer research and communications strategy to begin understanding the forces that drive gender violence as a way to inform strategies that promote positive behavior change.

One of the most Pervasive Human Rights Violations – Gender-Based Violence by Jeff Decker, Master Addictions Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor

Jeff will use his expertise to guide courageous conversations about intimate partner violence, justice and healing.  He will use excerpts from the documentary film A Better Man. This film offers a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse.

Jan
26
Fri
Reading Wyoming Baggs: “Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague” @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room
Jan 26 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Baggs: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room

Come discuss books that help us understand the field of medicine, not only the “what” and “how,” but also exploring the “why” of human experiences.

January’s discussion is focused on Geraldine Brooks’s Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague.

“When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.”

Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing “an inspiring heroine” (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.”

Feb
8
Thu
Reading Wyoming Jackson: “In the Skin of the Lion” @ Jackson Whole Grocer Community Room
Feb 8 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Jackson: "In the Skin of the Lion" @ Jackson Whole Grocer Community Room

Come discuss books that examine the topic of immigration and displacement, moderated by local scholar Stephen Lottridge.

February’s discussion is focused on Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of the Lion

Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick’s life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje’s Booker Prize-winning The English Patient.

Feb
11
Sun
Prevention of interpersonal violence and promoting gender justice @ Hansen Hall, St. John's Episcopal Church
Feb 11 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Prevention of interpersonal violence and promoting gender justice by Sally MacNichol, keynote speaker and expert from Faith Trust Institute

Sally N. MacNichol Ph.D, is Co-Executive Director of CONNECT, a New York City nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing interpersonal violence and promoting gender justice. She has been an antiviolence activist, advocate and educator for over three decades, counseling victims of domestic violence, designing and facilitating empowerment groups for survivors, working with men who batter and abuse, and training hundreds of staff from child welfare programs and community based organizations across New York City’s five boroughs. Instrumental in developing CONNECT’s holistic prevention model, she has helped to cultivate and sustain hundreds of community partnerships to improve victim services and response in undeserved and immigrant neighborhoods. Dr. MacNichol serves on numerous coalitions and task forces working to reform NYC’s domestic violence policies and practices.

Feb
15
Thu
Read, Rant, Relate: “Rocket Man” @ Relative Theatrics Studio, Room 278 in the Laramie Plains Civic Center
Feb 15 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Read, Rant, Relate: "Rocket Man" @ Relative Theatrics Studio, Room 278 in the Laramie Plains Civic Center

Experience four new pieces of contemporary dramatic literature with Relative Theatrics. Participants will engage directly with modern plays by listening to actor-led readings of the texts, then joining discussions breaking down the thematic elements of the works and their relevance to today’s society.

In February, come discuss Steven Dietz’s Rocket ManRocket Man is a serious comedy about the road not taken. Donny Rowan has placed everything he owns on his front lawn, along with a sign that reads: “Here’s my life.  Make an offer.”  He has cut a skylight into his attic and placed his E-Z Boy recliner underneath–where he can sit, staring at the stars.  Somewhere in the universe Donny Believes, is a place where all the roads we never chose converge.  Rocket Man explores one man’s obsessive desire to find this “parallel world”–and the profound effect of his decision on his family and friends.  Themes: crisis of faith, parallel universes, philosophy, and family.

Feb
16
Fri
Reading Wyoming Baggs: “The Witch Doctor’s Wife” @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room
Feb 16 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Baggs: "The Witch Doctor's Wife" @ Baggs Library, Cowboy Meeting Room

Come discuss books that help us understand the field of medicine, not only the “what” and “how,” but also exploring the “why” of human experiences.

February’s discussion is focused on Tamar Myers’ The Witch Doctor’s Wife.

“With The Witch Doctor’s Wife, Tamar Myers delves into her personal history as the daughter of Christian missionaries in the Belgian Congo. Rich and alive with the sights and sounds of the continent—as exciting, evocative, charming, and suspenseful as Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels—Myer’s unforgettable excursion to colonial Africa recalls Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, even the Academy Award-nominated film Blood Diamond. Award-winning author Carolyn Hart raves: “Mesmerizing….The Witch Doctor’s Wife will long linger in the hearts and minds of readers. Authentic. Powerful. Triumphant.””

 

Feb
22
Thu
“The Trial of Tom Horn” @ Western Wyoming College
Feb 22 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
"The Trial of Tom Horn" @ Western Wyoming College

John W. Davis, a trial lawyer from Worland, Wyoming will be showcasing his new book The Trial of Tom Horn, published with the University of Oklahoma Press in 2016. Mr. Davis has had a long and distinguished career as an attorney in the state of Wyoming. Late in his career, however, he decided to transition to writing on the subject of Wyoming’s legal history. In this presentation, he will highlight how the trial and conviction of Tom Horn marked a major milestone in the hard-fought battle against vigilantism in the state of Wyoming, and will illuminate the larger narrative of conflict between the power of wealth and the forces of law and order in the American West.

This presentation will be lecture style, followed by a question and answer period.  Mr. Davis will be presenting on his research, and will discuss, of course, the myths and legends surrounding this historic figure.

Mar
1
Thu
Reading Wyoming Jackson: “The Namesake” @ Jackson Whole Grocer Community Room
Mar 1 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Reading Wyoming Jackson: "The Namesake" @ Jackson Whole Grocer Community Room

Come discuss books that examine the topic of immigration and displacement, moderated by local scholar Stephen Lottridge.

March’s discussion is focused on Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake.  “Moving between events in Calcutta, Boston, and New York City, the novel examines the nuances involved with being caught between two conflicting cultures with highly distinct religious, social, and ideological differences.”

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