8:30-8:55 a.m. Free coffee & donuts
8:55-9:00 a.m. Welcome & opening remarks
9:00-10:00 a.m. “How the Brain Learns to Communicate and Make Good Decisions: What Songbirds Can Teach Us about Human Behavior,” Jonathan F. Prather, Assistant Professor of Zoology and Physiology, College of A&S, University of Wyoming
We use our words to communicate with each other every day, and we rely on good decision making to keep us healthy and out of trouble. In both speech and decision-making, specialized circuits in the brain enable us to learn from experience. When we take a close look at songbirds, we find that they do they same thing. Birds learn their songs just like we learn the sounds we use in speech, and female birds evaluate the quality of male birds’ songs in order to select their mates. How does the brain do that, and how can we use that insight to improve the human condition?
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. “Outdoor Literature,” Sarah Sinclair, Chair of Social Science, Humanities, Education and English, Sheridan College
We are all rooted in place. The landscapes around us shape our communities, families, careers—even our souls. Outdoor Literature helps us identify the landscape’s impact and can teach us who we are, where we come from, and where we might go. Selected tales by Annie Dillard, Aldo Leopold and Wendell Berry show how we connect with the land in which we dwell and allow, even invite, its influence.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Place, Memory and Preservation: From Independence Hall to Spear-O Wigwam,“ Mary M. Humstone, Research Scientist, American Studies Program, University of Wyoming
Historic preservation in the United States began as a patriotic movement to recognize the lives and contributions of the founding fathers and the important places in our history such as Independence Hall. Today, we recognize a range of buildings and sites as worthy of preservation, from downtowns to Cold War missile silos to former dude ranches like Spear-O-Wigwam. This lecture traces the changing role of historic preservation in the U.S. and places the recent National Register listing of the Spear-O Mountain Campus in the context of a 160-year-old movement.
12:30-1:30 p.m. Free lunch & discussion
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Wyoming Humanities is proud to support the Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum for the start of it’s Evening Program Series with an opportunity grant for October’s presenter :Northern Cheyenne Chief Phillip Whiteman, Jr. Mr. Whiteman will share Northern Cheyenne stories and culture. The presentation is in the Inner Circle at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library. The program begins at 7:00pm.
Phillip Whiteman, Jr., a Nationally-known Cultural Consultant, Presenter, Storyteller, Horse-trainer, Champion Grass Dancer, and Rodeo Saddle Bronc Champion is a Northern Cheyenne from Lame Deer, Montana. His father a Chief of the Northern Cheyenne Council of 44 and his mother ,the late Florence Whiteman, was a Cheyenne Warrior Woman of the Elk Scraper Society. Phillip belongs to the Kit Fox Warrior Society and Omaha Dancing Society. He believes strongly in his spiritual ways and he tries to incorporate it into every aspect of his life.http://www.phillipwhitemanjr.com/storytelling.html
“I believe stories and songs are food for the soul reinterpreted through many different languages and for all ages. Stories of truth or of the trickster are used to teach us life lessons and are designed to stimulate thought and imagination. I believe in the importance of preserving and passing stories down to future generations this is why I share them with you.”
Phillip’s personal and professional objective is to promote cultural integrity throughout Indian country and the world.
Depiction and Narrative Of Battle including mounted warrior and living historians. Shuttle to battlefield begins at 10 a.m. Event at noon. Wear warm clothing, bring a chair, binoculars, and snack.