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Feb
27
Tue
“Camels, Climbing and St. Catherine: An Expedition to Egypt with National Geographic’s Mark Jenkins” (Laramie) @ UW Arts & Sciences Auditorium
Feb 27 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
"Camels, Climbing and St. Catherine: An Expedition to Egypt with National Geographic's Mark Jenkins" (Laramie) @ UW Arts & Sciences Auditorium

Hidden in the heart of the desert mountains of the Sinai peninsula are enormous walls and domes of red granite. It’s an unknown little Yosemite on the edge of the Middle East. In November, National Geographic writer and Center for Global Studies Senior Fellow Mark Jenkins Mark Jenkins led a 4-man team of Wyoming climbers to South Sinai in search of unclimbed rock. The team lived with the Bedouins, traveled by camel caravan and put up new routes on 1000-foot walls of shining granite.

South Sinai is a pivotal region in the three Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It was on Mount Sinai that Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. The team hiked the 3000 “Steps of Repentance” to the summit of Mt. Sinai along with dozens of pilgrims, Muslims, Christians, and Jews. At the base of Mt. Sinai lies Saint Catherine’s Monastery, built in 565 A.D. upon the site where Moses saw the burning bush. Named after Catherine of Alexandria who was sentenced to death on the spiked wheel, St. Catherine’s is the oldest continuously operating monastery in the word. Christians and Muslims have lived here in harmony for over a millennium–there’s even a mosque inside the monastery.

“Camels, Climbing and St. Catherine: A Expedition to Egypt,” is a presentation about an epic expedition to climb big walls in a remote land, about Christian monks and Bedouin nomads, about a place where tolerance is more powerful than terrorism.

Mar
1
Thu
Saturday U Pinedale @ Sublette County Library, Lovatt Room
Mar 1 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday U Pinedale @ Sublette County Library, Lovatt Room

Go back to school for a day, minus the tests, stress and homework.

Each Saturday U term features lectures from three outstanding University of Wyoming professors. Following the lectures, all three professors will participate in a final round-table discussion. Participants may attend one, two, three, or all four sessions. No registration is required, and there is no charge.

5:30 pm: Doors open; light dinner and snacks.

6:00 pm: “Who Gets to Drink?,” Dr. Kristi Hansen, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wyoming

Water is a limited resource in most of the western United States, yet growing populations and environmental demands increase pressure on existing supplies. Who should be allowed to use it when supplies become more scarce? To answer this, Hansen will describe how economists think about water allocation among competing users and different uses, drawing lessons for the drought-stricken Upper Colorado Basin.

6:50 pm: “Income Inequality: Its Effects on the USA’s Economic and Political Future,Dr. Rob Godby, Associate Professor of Economics; Director, Center for Energy Economics & Public Policy, University of Wyoming

We hear almost daily about our country’s political divide, but the United States faces an even more disruptive division, that of increasing income inequality. As the economic divide has grown over the past two decades, it has enhanced the perception that America is facing a financial crisis as well as a political one. Godby will explain what income inequality is and examine the dynamics that have led to the current situation, as well as providing some hope for the future.

7:40 pm: “Wyoming’s First Humans at an Ice Age Mammoth Kill Site,Dr. Todd Surovell, Professor of Archaeology; Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming

The first people to live in Wyoming arrived more than 13,000 years ago after crossing a land bridge from Asia to North America and moving southward through the northern glaciers. Upon arrival, these people encountered many types of large mammals which have since disappeared from New World ecosystems. At the La Prele Mammoth site in Converse County, University of Wyoming archaeologists have discovered evidence of human predation of a Columbian mammoth as well as a campsite that can shed light on the social organization of Wyoming’s first residents.

Saturday University in Pinedale is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Humanities, Sublette BOCES and Sublette County Libraries.

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.”

Mar
3
Sat
Saturday U Jackson @ National Museum of Wildlife Art Auditorium
Mar 3 @ 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Saturday U Jackson @ National Museum of Wildlife Art Auditorium

Go back to school for a day, minus the tests, stress and homework.

Each Saturday U term features lectures from three outstanding University of Wyoming professors. Following the lectures, all three professors will participate in a final round-table discussion. Participants may attend one, two, three, or all four sessions. No registration is required, and there is no charge.

8:30 am: Doors open; coffee and donuts

9:00 am: “Stories from the Mongolian Taiga,” Dr. Todd Surovell, Professor of Archaeology; Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming

Since 2012, Surovell has been doing research with reindeer herders in Khövsgöl Province of northern Mongolia, studying their traditional ways with an eye toward developing comparative interpretations of the archaeological record of similar peoples. After spending a total of seven months, in all four seasons, he has learned much about the year-round rhythm of reindeer herder life. This presentation aims to bring the audience face-to-face with some of the more astounding aspects of the herders’ life on the taiga through experiences, stories and pictures—illustrating the goals, trepidations, and pleasure of their lives.

10:15 am: “Who Gets to Drink?,Dr. Kristi Hansen, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wyoming

Water is a limited resource in most of the western United States, yet growing populations and environmental demands increase pressure on existing supplies. Who should be allowed to use it when supplies become more scarce? To answer this, Hansen will describe how economists think about water allocation among competing users and different uses, drawing lessons for the drought-stricken Upper Colorado Basin.

11:30 am: “Income Inequality: Its Effects on the USA’s Economic and Political Future, Dr. Rob Godby, Associate Professor of Economics; Director, Center for Energy Economics & Public Policy, University of Wyoming

We hear almost daily about our country’s political divide, but the United States faces an even more disruptive division, that of increasing income inequality. As the economic divide has grown over the past two decades, it has enhanced the perception that America is facing a financial crisis as well as a political one. Godby will explain what income inequality is and examine the dynamics that have led to the current situation, as well as providing some hope for the future.

Presentations followed by a roundtable discussion with speakers over FREE lunch.

Saturday University in Jackson is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Humanities, National Museum of Wildlife Art and Central Wyoming College-Jackson.

Mar
6
Tue
“Camels, Climbing and St. Catherine: An Expedition to Egypt with National Geographic’s Mark Jenkins” (Sheridan) @ Whitney Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Sheridan College
Mar 6 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
"Camels, Climbing and St. Catherine: An Expedition to Egypt with National Geographic's Mark Jenkins" (Sheridan) @ Whitney Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Sheridan College

Hidden in the heart of the desert mountains of the Sinai peninsula are enormous walls and domes of red granite. It’s an unknown little Yosemite on the edge of the Middle East. In November, National Geographic writer and Center for Global Studies Senior Fellow Mark Jenkins Mark Jenkins led a 4-man team of Wyoming climbers to South Sinai in search of unclimbed rock. The team lived with the Bedouins, traveled by camel caravan and put up new routes on 1000-foot walls of shining granite.

South Sinai is a pivotal region in the three Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It was on Mount Sinai that Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. The team hiked the 3000 “Steps of Repentance” to the summit of Mt. Sinai along with dozens of pilgrims, Muslims, Christians, and Jews. At the base of Mt. Sinai lies Saint Catherine’s Monastery, built in 565 A.D. upon the site where Moses saw the burning bush. Named after Catherine of Alexandria who was sentenced to death on the spiked wheel, St. Catherine’s is the oldest continuously operating monastery in the world. Christians and Muslims have lived here in harmony for over a millennium–there’s even a mosque inside the monastery.

“Camels, Climbing and St. Catherine: A Expedition to Egypt,” is a presentation about an epic expedition to climb big walls in a remote land, about Christian monks and Bedouin nomads, about a place where tolerance is more powerful than terrorism.

Mar
7
Wed
“Deep Mapping” Writing Workshop with Kali Fajardo-Anstine @ Center for the Arts, Conference Room
Mar 7 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
"Deep Mapping" Writing Workshop with Kali Fajardo-Anstine @ Center for the Arts, Conference Room

Join award-winning writer and teacher Kali Fajardo-Anstine for a writing workshop.  Participants will read a short story by Latina author Sandra Cisneros (copies provided in advance) and then discuss the themes and their impacts on communities and individuals.  The discussion will move into generative writing, based loosely on William Least Heat Moon’s Blue Highway as a model for “deep mapping” of a story, whether fictional or not.  This workshop is geared toward high school age students and adults writing in English.

“Camels, Climbing and St. Catherine: An Expedition to Egypt with National Geographic’s Mark Jenkins” (Gillette) @ Gillette College Presentation Hall
Mar 7 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
"Camels, Climbing and St. Catherine: An Expedition to Egypt with National Geographic's Mark Jenkins" (Gillette) @ Gillette College Presentation Hall

Hidden in the heart of the desert mountains of the Sinai peninsula are enormous walls and domes of red granite. It’s an unknown little Yosemite on the edge of the Middle East. In November, National Geographic writer and Center for Global Studies Senior Fellow Mark Jenkins Mark Jenkins led a 4-man team of Wyoming climbers to South Sinai in search of unclimbed rock. The team lived with the Bedouins, traveled by camel caravan and put up new routes on 1000-foot walls of shining granite.

South Sinai is a pivotal region in the three Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It was on Mount Sinai that Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. The team hiked the 3000 “Steps of Repentance” to the summit of Mt. Sinai along with dozens of pilgrims, Muslims, Christians, and Jews. At the base of Mt. Sinai lies Saint Catherine’s Monastery, built in 565 A.D. upon the site where Moses saw the burning bush. Named after Catherine of Alexandria who was sentenced to death on the spiked wheel, St. Catherine’s is the oldest continuously operating monastery in the world. Christians and Muslims have lived here in harmony for over a millennium–there’s even a mosque inside the monastery.

“Camels, Climbing and St. Catherine: A Expedition to Egypt,” is a presentation about an epic expedition to climb big walls in a remote land, about Christian monks and Bedouin nomads, about a place where tolerance is more powerful than terrorism.

Mar
8
Thu
Kali Fajardo-Anstine Reading @ Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium
Mar 8 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Kali Fajardo-Anstine Reading @ Teton County Library, Ordway Auditorium

Join award-winning writer and teacher Kali Fajardo-Anstine for a reading of her work, followed by a Q&A and free soup.

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