Feb
25
Sat
Saturday U Sheridan @ Sheridan College, Whitney Academic Center
Feb 25 @ 8:30 AM – 1:45 PM
Saturday U Sheridan @ Sheridan College, Whitney Academic Center | Sheridan | Wyoming | United States

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 – 8:50 am: Free coffee and pastries

8:50 – 9:00 am: Welcome and opening remarks

9:00 am: “How the Brain Learns to See: Studying Tadpoles to Understand People,Kara Pratt, Assistant Professor of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming

Brains process information through neural networks, but a new brain has contains masses of neurons without connections. How are the proper connections made? The study of Xenopus tadpoles—whose see-through skin lets us view the brain directly—reveals how the brain creates itself by self-assembling neurons into networks that transform external stimuli from the environment into internal perceptions. One key discovery is that visual experience—the act of seeing—actually guides the precise wiring up of the visual system. This talk will describe this exciting research and explain what it reveals about the nature of human sight.

10:00 – 10:10 am: Break

10:15 am: “Democracy’s Past, Democracy’s Future: Problems and Possibilities,Scott Henkel, Assistant Professor of English, University of Wyoming

Now that the fall election has passed, we can take a moment to look more broadly at the history and the future of democracy. Scott Henkel’s lecture will examine how writers and thinkers have understood democracy and have imagined its possibilities. What has democracy been in the United States, in ancient Athens, in cooperative workplaces, even on pirate ships and space ships? Who should participate in the democratic process, and what should that participation be? What might the future of democracy look like?

11:15 – 11:25 am: Break

11:30 am: “Will We Ever Have Beautiful Forests Again? Bark Beetles, Resilience, and Future Forests,Daniel Tinker, Associate Professor of Botany, University of Wyoming

The Intermountain West’s bark beetle epidemic that began in the late 1990s is unprecedented in our recorded history. Its intensity and geographic scale has been overwhelming—and it continues today in many forests of the Western USA. The ramifications for such an intense and prolonged epidemic are far-reaching and many are not well understood, especially considering the changes in our climate happening at the same time. This talk will explore the bark-beetle phenomenon, its ecology and management, and the resilience of current and future forest systems.

12:30 – 1:45 pm: Lunch and question and answer session with presenters

Mar
1
Wed
Tea, Trade and Tyranny: Tibet and China Over Time @ Sheridan College, Whitney Concert Hall
Mar 1 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tea, Trade and Tyranny: Tibet and China Over Time @ Sheridan College, Whitney Concert Hall | Sheridan | Wyoming | United States

Tibet and China have had a complex relationship for 1500 years. Wars have been fought, treaties signed, then ignored in the next conquest. But there was always trade. In this presentation, National Geographic writer Mark Jenkins takes us on a journey down the forgotten Tea Horse Road. For almost 1000 years there was a stone-paved road that connected Ya’an, the tea-growing capital of Sichuan province, with Lhasa, the 12,000-foot high capital of Tibet. Tea was essential to daily life in Tibet, and China’s feudal kingdoms needed war horses. For centuries China and Tibet were on equal footing, but the ascendancy of China in the second half of the 20th century has devastated Tibet and Tibetan culture. With National Geographic images, Jenkins reveals the modern lives of the Tibetans, and the Chinese, and the geopolitics that have always connected them.

A critically acclaimed author and internationally recognized journalist, Mark Jenkins covers geopolitics, the environment and adventure for National Geographic. Jenkins’ writing has won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Ross Award for “The Healing Fields” story about landmines in Cambodia and a National Magazine Award for photojournalism with colleague Brint Stirton, for “Who Murdered The Mountain Gorillas” – both of which were the focus of previous World to Wyoming tours around Wyoming. Jenkins is the author of four books and his work has appeared in dozens of national and international magazines.  He has his BA in Philosophy and MS in Geography from the University of Wyoming.

Sponsored by the UW Office of Academic Affairs, Global and Area Studies, Outreach School, the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, thinkWY | Wyoming Humanities, the Homer and Mildred Scott Foundation, Buffalo Bill Center for the West, National Wildlife Museum and our Wyoming college partners who help us bring the World to Wyoming tour around Wyoming.

Mar
15
Wed
Topics in Religious Studies: Issues in Contemporary Islam with Seth Ward @ Lander Bar Coulter Loft
Mar 15 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Topics in Religious Studies: Issues in Contemporary Islam with Seth Ward @ Lander Bar Coulter Loft | Lander | Wyoming | United States

Given the contemporary discourse about issues related to Islam, it is important to discuss matters such as conservative or fundamentalist religious movements, human right issues, politicized religion and misgovernment, religion and science, and many others in an atmosphere that recognizes the issues have Islamic manifestations that are culturally unique yet hardly limited to Islam, and with an approach that avoids seeing Islam simply as a set of issues and problems.

Dr. Ward’s presentation goes beyond the news to highlight selected contemporary trends and movements among the world’s Muslim people.  A brief and condensed introduction to the history and religion of Islam is followed by a discussion of a few contemporary Islamic topics reflecting current issues, that have been identified and examined by University of Wyoming students during a semester long course taught by the presenter.

Apr
4
Tue
True Stories from the Espionage Wars with Pat Stuart @ Dubois Branch Library
Apr 4 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
True Stories from the Espionage Wars with Pat Stuart @ Dubois Branch Library  | Dubois | Wyoming | United States

Join Pat Stuart, retired CIA station chief for True Stories from the Espionage Wars.  Stuart will share real life stories and perspectives on what life is like for our covert warriors.  Through her own experience  the personal and professional struggles faced by covert government face while doing their part toward keeping America safe.  Stuart will draw on her career and will share what real spies did and why they did it, and discuss the choices. The next time you hear allegations—good or bad—about the U.S. intelligence community, your will be prepared to consider the inforation from a new perspective and draw thoughtful and better informed conclusions.

Apr
11
Tue
True Stories of the Espionage Wars with Pat Stuart @ Riverton Branch Library
Apr 11 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
True Stories of the Espionage Wars with Pat Stuart @ Riverton Branch Library | Riverton | Wyoming | United States

Join retired CIA Station Chief Pat Stuart for True Stories from the Espionage Wars. Stuart shares her personal stories and perceptions of what life is like for our covert warriors; describing both personal and professional struggles they face while doing their part toward keeping America safe. Hear true stories drawn from the speaker’s career, and learn how decisons are made.  The next time you hear allegations—good or bad—about the U.S. intelligence community, your thoughtful conclusions will be informed by what you have learned through this program.

Apr
12
Wed
True Stories of the Espionage Wars with Pat Stuart @ Fremont County Library
Apr 12 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
True Stories of the Espionage Wars with Pat Stuart @ Fremont County Library | Lander | Wyoming | United States

Join retired CIA Station Chief Pat Stuart for True Stories from the Espionage Wars. Stuart shares her personal stories and perceptions of what life is like for our covert warriors; describing both personal and professional struggles they face while doing their part toward keeping America safe. Hear true stories drawn from the speaker’s career, and learn how decisons are made.  The next time you hear allegations—good or bad—about the U.S. intelligence community, your thoughtful conclusions will be informed by what you have learned through this program.

Apr
20
Thu
Triple Crown Winner with Richard Maturi @ Lander Pioneer Museum
Apr 20 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Triple Crown Winner with Richard Maturi @ Lander Pioneer Museum | Lander | Wyoming | United States

Join author Richard Maturi for Triple Crown Winner, the story of how western Jockey, Earl Sande, captured American horse Racing’s top prize.  Of the thousands of jockeys and horses who have plied America’s turf, only eleven men have ever won the Triple Crown. Come and learn about Western jockey Earl Sande, winner of the 1930 Triple Crown on Gallant Fox.  Participants will leave with an appreciation of the jockey as the ultimate athlete and the key role horses played in early American history and recreation.  Husband and wife authors Richard and Mary Maturi colaborate on their presentations.

May
11
Thu
Magic Carpet Made of Steel with Bill Rossiter @ Fremont County Pioneer Museum
May 11 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Join educator and songster Bill Rossiter for  a musical presentation; “Magic Carpet made of Steel”. Songs and stories help recapture the wonder railroads once inspired. Using tunes and yarns this Rossiter explores what railroads meant to the West in particular and the US in general in both the distant and not so distant past.

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