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 – 10:00 am: “When Coal Died in Wyoming: A History of Energy,” Phil Roberts, Professor History, University of Wyoming
The decline of coal since 2015 seems to be without precedent. But it has happened twice before—both times due to technological change. In the 1920s, the huge growth in oil and natural gas production practically eliminated coal as a heating fuel throughout Wyoming. Many mines remained open only due to mechanization, although miners’ numbers diminished steadily. The mines got by through supplying coal for Wyoming’s railroad locomotives. In the 1950s, even this market dried up when diesel fuel began to power trains throughout Wyoming. Coal towns dwindled and disappeared, as did the need for locomotive repair facilities in towns like Cheyenne and Laramie. This presentation will review the impact of coal’s decline on Wyoming towns in the past, looking to them for lessons for today.
10:15 – 11:15 am: “Repeal and Replace: A Delicate Game of Jenga,” Mary Burman, Professor of Nursing and Dean of the School of Nursing, University of Wyoming
A key component of the national Republican platform during the election was the immediate repeal of Obamacare. Now that Republicans control Washington, however, health care change is proceeding slowly. What makes the “repeal and replacement” of the Affordable Care Act so difficult? Professor Burman will provide a primer on health care reform and explain the interdependent components of health care coverage. She will identify how different parts of our health care system depend on each other, like Jenga pieces, and discuss which ones can and cannot be removed without bringing down the entire structure.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: “The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell us about the Future,” Robert Kelly, Professor of Anthropology, University of Wyoming
This lecture discusses the four major “beginnings” of human history – the origins of technology, culture, agriculture, and the state—and presents evidence that humanity is entering a fifth beginning, one that can be expected to mark dramatic changes in world economy, war, culture, and governance.
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Free lunch & discussion
Join us for a free lunch, round-table discussion and audience question and answer session.