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 roundtable 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 – 10:00 am: “An Economy that Works: Measuring Immigrant Contributions to Teton County,” Noah Novogrodsky, Professor of Law, University of Wyoming
Professor Noah Novogrodsky leads a team of law students conducting an economic impact study of the contributions immigrants make to Teton County. The study measures the business impact of immigrant workers, from employees in tourism and hospitality to small-business owners and investors to foreign students who are authorized to work. Professor Novogrodsky’s discussion of the study reveals how complex immigration debates are, the unique political alliances that surround the subject and what is likely to happen or not happen on immigration matters under a Trump Administration.
10:15 – 11:15 am: “Writing the New American West: Positron Literature,” Nina S. McConigley, Assistant Professor of Honors, University of Wyoming
Writing about the American West has moved well beyond literature featuring the American Old West or Frontier narratives typically set in the century spanning the late eighteenth and the late nineteenth century. In its place, a new understanding of contemporary western writing is emerging. Sometimes referred to as Positron literature, the more recent literary output of the region tends to engage in a reinterpretation of the region, calling into question the ways in which it has been defined in the past.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: “The Biology of Sex, Gender, and Orientation,” Donal Skinner, Professor and Department Chair of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming
From a biological perspective, sexual development and differentiation does not neatly align with societal expectations. During the gestation process, exposure to a variety of hormones “programs” numerous sex organs—the genitalia, the brain and even the heart—to behave in different ways. Recent research elucidates some of the mechanisms guiding this programming and the rich mosaic of potential outcomes they can produce.
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.