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Dr. Scott Henkel, Director

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Laramie, WY 82071


Past Events

Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research

October 19, 2018

Roundup 2018

Individual papers  (15 min) or complete sessions (3-4 papers), from members of the Wyoming Humanities community, including colleagues at colleges, museums, and other institutions around the state, were presented.    RoundupInvite2018


The first annual Eric Sandeen Honorary Lecture in the Humanities was presented by Caroline McCracken-Flesher, entitled "Writers on the Rails."

October 15, 2018

Classroom Building 103, Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Dan Murphy 2018

Dan Murphy

Forging Collaborative Adaptation Pathways Through Scenario-Building

NEWWyoming Public Media story 

October 8 and 9, 2018

Medieval Mania

Paul Sturtevant is a Visiting Research Specialist for the Smithsonian Institution, editor of The Public Medievalist, and author of The Middle Ages in Popular Imagination: Memory, Film and Medievalism.


  • Paul Sturtevant Public Lecture – Misusing the Middle Ages: A quick tutorial in the subtle art of protecting your friends and family from the extreme right-wing's toxic nonsense about history -- Monday, October 8, 2018 at 6 p.m. in CR 314
  • Paul Sturtevant Workshop -- How to Present Good Histories to the Public without Losing Your Mind (much)--Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 12:30-2 PM, in CR 113

October 8 and 9, 2018

Stoics Unite

Massimo Pigliucci is Professor of Philosophy at CUNY-City College, formerly co-host of the Rationally Speaking Podcast, and formerly the editor in chief for the online magazine Scientia Salon. The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, along with WIHR, is sponsoring Massimo Pigliucci’s visit from 8-10 October.


  • There will be a public seminar (“Stoicism as a Philosophy of Life”) on Tuesday, 9 October at 7 pm in the Business Auditorium.
  • There is also a reading group (How to be a Stoic) taking place on Monday, 8 October, from 3-5 pm; please contact Susanna Goodin ( if you are interested in participating in the reading group.


April 26, 2018

Community Storytelling Event

Sans Façon


Visual Arts Lobby, 7:00 p.m.


April 26, 2018

Coe Library, Room 506, 4:10 p.m.

Alan Riach

Arts and the Nation

April 18, 2018

Public Lecture

Dr. Matt Adams

Armageddon and the Sixth Roman Legion

Director, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Co-director of the Jezreel Valley Regional Project and the Tel Megiddo Excavations


April 13, 2018

Shepard Symposium Event

Dr. David Roediger

Getting Solidarity Right: Realism, Hope, and Utopias in Renewing Social Movements

Wyoming Union Ballroom, 3:00 p.m.


April 6 2018

Cowboys to Cyborgs Conference


Sandeen Conf Poster

October 6 2017

Conference in Honor of Eric Sandeen

American Heritage Center

Colleagues are invited to present their favorite paper of the year, or their work in progress, at a conference to honor Eric Sandeen in his retirement.

 All colleagues are welcome to present work that engages with the humanities.

Eric Sandeen is the longtime director of American Studies, and founding director of UW’s Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research. We can think of no better way to celebrate Eric than by showcasing the work he has given a career to promote.  

 Please send titles for 20-minute papers with humanities resonance to  by September 15th 2017.

Caroline McCracken-Flesher for the WIHR Executive Council

The conference program, describing the variety of talks presented, can be seen on this document.

Henkel poster

May 8, 2017

Public Lecture

Scott Henkel
UW Department of English, African-American and Diaspora Studies Program

Gateway Center, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

The Humanities and the Land Grant University Mission from the 19th to the 21st Century

Link to video of the presentation on the WIHR YouTube channel:
Scott Henkel Presents the Humanities and the Land-Grant University Mission

Interested people enjoyed the events listed on the Spring 2017 poster. 



 Video:  Scott Henkel Presents the Humanities and the Land-Grant University Mission


Click for the full-size PDF poster:

Spring 2017 poster

April 26, 2017

Campbell Cty Community Hall

Research Presentation

Andrea Graham

Business Building 10, 4:15 p.m.

Wyoming Community Halls

Community halls have served as important social and cultural centers in many rural areas of Wyoming for over 100 years. They are the location for club meetings, holiday parties, wedding receptions, polling places, dances, 4-H meetings, and other events serving a widely dispersed population. This research, from the perspective of a folklorist, focuses on creativity and community—how people express their need for beauty in their everyday lives, and how they maintain connections to the groups that make them who they are, be they familial, occupational, regional, ethnic, or religious. The presentation will explore how communities organized and funded the construction and maintenance of community halls, how they were used and how those uses changed over time, and why some have fallen into disuse and others are still active. Community halls are a tangible expression of the need for community in a local area, and a creative solution to making a space for people to gather.

April 17, 2017

Distinguished Lecturer

Weschler photoLawrence Weschler

Business Building 129, 5:00 - 7;00 p.m.

Art and Science as Parallel and Divergent Ways of Knowing

Nowadays, artists and scientists tend to think of their ways of probing the world as distinctly different. But such was not always the case (in fact the divide is only a few centuries old; think of Leonardo, think of the wonder cabinets of the seventeenth century). Nor may the differences be all that distinct or even real. In a lecture originally developed for a conference sponsored by the National Science Foundation, longtime New Yorker writer Lawrence Weschler--director emeritus of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU (where the sciences were emphatically included as part of and central to the humanities) and author, among others, of "Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder" and "Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences"--will extrapolate on such themes, with side-meanders into the thinking of artists Robert Irwin and David Hockney (subjects of his two most recent books) and a whole new interpretation of Rembrandt's Anatomy Lesson.

April 10, 2017

Distinguished Lecturer

Jim Harris

Art Museum, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Objects of Inquiry: Ways of Seeing, Ways of Knowing in the Humanities

March 30, 2017

This talk was cancelled. Please check for its rescheduling in the fall.

Summer Research Fellowship

Colleen Denney

Coe Library 506, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Lena Connell, British Suffrage Photographer, Women Activists and the Cult of Celebrity

Lena Connell was one of a small group of women suffrage photographers in Edwardian period England who established a palatable image of British women activists for the press and an admiring public through her formal portraits. I argue that her portraits offer a new way of seeing women who, for the first time in their lives, en masse, were crossing the threshold of the domestic realm to embrace a public one. I will share portraits as part of an examination of an art-as-propaganda moment, as the suffragists surged forward in their fight for votes for women between 1906-1914.

March 22, 2017

Research Presentation

Ulrich Adelt

Business Building 23, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Displaying the Guitar: The Rock Hall of Fame and the Museum of Pop Culture

In my presentation I will look closely at two museum sites, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington, in the context of the field of museum studies. I analyze how their representations of popular music, in particular their depictions of electric guitars, echo as well as shape racialized, gendered, and otherwise “identified” views of what can loosely be defined as rock and roll. While the Rock Hall largely strives to preserve a canonical version of the genre and primarily speaks to a baby-boomer audience, MoPOP offers a more interactive and broadly focused view of popular culture that includes rock and roll as one of many elements. Yet, even the more liberatory approach of MoPOP is clearly tied to capitalist notions of popular music distribution and commodification.

March 8, 2017

 Summer Research Fellowship

Conxita Domenech

Coe Library 121, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Staging the Revolt of the Catalans: Early Modern Spanish Dialogues with Catalonia

The war of 1640 was a singular conflict in that it came to be not only a physical fight but also a propagandistic one. Printed pages were as powerful as guns.  Anonymous authors created hundreds of gazettes, notices, poems, and songs during the twelve years of the campaign, transforming the revolt of Catalonia into a war of papers. Profoundly interdisciplinary in its scope, The 17th century play, The Arrival of the Marquis de los Velez to Catalonia, is a riveting eyewitness account of a modern war.

March 1, 2017

Research Presentation

Michael Brown

Business Building 24, 4;15 p.m.

The Karlag Project: The Volga German Diaspora to Kazakhstan in Soviet Russia

February 22, 2017,  4:15

Paul Flesher

Business Building 009

Jesus Reading Scripture: Exploring the Archaeology of Worship in First-Century Synagogues

Flesher pic

Professor Flesher was a recipient of a 2016 WIHR Summer Fellowship.

In the study of ancient Judaism, our portrayal of worship largely derives from textual evidence, from the Bible to the Dead Sea scrolls and rabbinic literature, and everything in between. Missing from the picture has been the archaeology of synagogues where such worship took place. This talk takes what we know about synagogue worship in the first century CE and portrays it in the archaeological remains of actual first-century synagogues. This move highlights the dynamics of worship and social interaction different synagogue plans encourage, and casts different interpretative perspectives on the Gospel of Luke’s story of Jesus reading Scripture in the Nazareth synagogue.

Maldonado Photo

February 3, 2017

Distinguished Guest Lecturer

Nelson Maldonado-Torres

Business Room 127, 3:15 p.m.

The Fate of the Humanities after the 2016 Elections: From Post-Racialism to Decolonization 

It did not take much time after November 8th to find academics making the point that the results of the elections called for a renewed commitment with university education, particularly, with the humanities. Given the outrage about the election results and the overwhelming environment of hate and open rejection of historical analysis and scientific facts that were present during the presidential campaign, it was not a bad moment to remind liberal political leaders that their support of measures to de-invest in public higher education may have contributed to the outcome, including the current neo-fascist populist trends. Yet, such defense of the university and the humanities is premature before a serious consideration of the extent to which, generally speaking, the university as a whole and the humanities in particular have been complicit with a post-racial view of our age that served as a generative background for the emergence of more open forms of racism than we have seen since a few decades before the election of the first African American President. The contemporary crises of the research university and the humanities have to be put in the context of a larger crisis about the meaning and significance of evidence and facts, as well as of the desegregation and decolonization of bodies, cultures, and knowledge in contemporary U.S. society. The context calls for the exploration of transdisciplinary decolonial epistemic formations that are able to identify the linkages between liberalism and fascism as well as between the call for tolerance in the traditional humanities and the crisis of "diversity" in institutions of higher learning and in society. In short, for the humanities to prove their relevance today they have to transit from post-racialism to decolonization. 

Professor Maldonado-Torres is an Associate Professor at the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Comparative Literature Program of Rutgers University.

Maldonado Poster

C Stivers Poster

Monday, November 14, 2016

Distinguished Guest Lecturer

Camilla Stivers

Business Building Room 129, 6:00 p.m.

Recent decades have seen increasing numbers of women in U. S. public service as elected and career officials. Yet progress has been slow, a glass ceiling remains, and women’s salaries have continued to lag behind men’s. Prof. Stivers will unpack some of the taken-for-granted gender assumptions that continue to restrict women’s public activities and highlight some of the contributions women have made to the public good as they struggled to find an equal place in public service.

Camilla Stivers, PhD, has had a multi-decade career in public service: 20 years as a practitioner in community-based nonprofit organizations, and more than 25 years as an academic, teaching at The Evergreen State College (Washington State) and Cleveland State University. She retired from full-time teaching in 2008 but continues active scholarship.  Currently she is editor of a public administration book series for University of Alabama Press, entitled “Public Administration: Criticism and Creativity.”

Grant Winner Presentation

Thursday, November 10th, 4:30 p.m.
Classroom Building, Room 215

WIHR Collaborative Grant: Laying the Human and Digital Foundations for an Electronic Cultural Atlas of Heart Mountain, Wyoming

Heart Mtn Pic

Heart Mountain is a striking landmark in northwest Wyoming that has oriented multiple communities including the Apsáalooke (Crow); settlers and Buffalo Bill; 10,000 Japanese Americans at the Internment Camp; GIs with homesteads; contemporary ecologists at the Nature Conservancy’s Heart Mountain ranch.

Our interdisciplinary team consists of historian of religions Dr. Mary L. Keller, UW,  Dr. Tim McCleary, Head of Crow Studies at Little Big Horn Tribal College, and Dr. Ramesh Sivanpillai of WYGIS.  We will describe the foundation for methodology and platform of the Electronic Cultural Atlas (ECA), whose long-term goal is depicting searchable cultural landscapes with embedded multimedia.

Special event

Thursday, November 3rd, 4:00
Business College, Room 024

A Conversation with Sam Western

We have a special opportunity to talk with Sam Western, author of the 2002 study of Wyoming’s economy and culture, "Pushed Off the Mountain, Sold Down the River." Western is writing a sequel to that volume and teaching a course on Wyoming futures at Sheridan College in which he asks a series of provocative questions, extracted below from an editorial in the Sheridan Press ( To this the WIHR faculty can add at least one: What role can/will/must the humanities have in shaping Wyoming’s future?

Two-Part Discussion

November 2, 2016
Wyoming and the West

November 3, 2016
From the World to the West

Patty Limerick, Center for the New West; R. Andreas Kraemer, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies; and panelists

Both events at Berry Center, 5:30 to 7:30.

Sponsored in conjunction with the Earth, Wind, and Water Series

Future of the West poster

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Research Presentation

Cathryn Halverson, WIHR International Fellow

History Building Room 155, 12:30

For a look at Dr. Halverson's research project, visit

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Research Presentation

Kerstin Schmidt, WIHR International Fellow

History Building Room 155, 4:00 p.m.

Light refreshments following the presentation.

For a look at Dr. Schmidt's research project, visit

April 27, 2016

Presentations by Grant Winners

Visual Arts Building, Room 111, Noon.
Lunch will be served; please RSVP to Rachel Sailor at

Logan pic Barbara Logan The Murder of Angels: Gender, Policing, and Punishment in Victorian Scotland
Hunt pic Elizabeth Hunt Seeing through the Margins of Flemish Psalters, ca. 1300


April 7th, 2016

Cooper House, 4:30 p.m.


Visiting Fellow Susan Oliver (Reader in Literature) Oliver pic
Jonathan White (Professor Emeritus in Literature) White pic

University of Essex, UK.

Susan Oliver’s talk, “Transatlantic Magazines and the Rise of Environmental Journalism in the Nineteenth Century,” considers how a culture of transatlantic environmental journalism emerged during the early to middle decades of the nineteenth century.

Jonathan White’s talk, “Retracing in Balzac a Socio-Cultural Archaeology of Paris,” examines a remarkable 19th century literary figure and his startlingly prescient description of the modern city of danger and violence.


March 10th, 2016

Classroom Building 222, 3:00 p.m.

Public lecture by Kahlil Gibran Muhammad:

"The Long Arm of the Past: State Violence and the Enduring Logic of Mass Criminalization"

Dr. Muhammad is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library.

Muhammad Poster

February 18, 2016

Classroom Building 215, 4:15 p.m.

Public Lecture by Todd Breyfogle of the Aspen Institute:

“A Vision for the Humanities in the 21st Century”

You can find a biography of Dr. Breyfogle at

February 4, 2016

Classroom Building 214, 4:15 p.m.

Public Lecture by Christopher Newfield, University of California, Santa Barbara

"The Great Mistake: How Private-Sector Models Damage Public Universities, and How they Can Recover"

This lecture offers an overview of how privatizing public colleges has made them more expensive for students while lowering their educational value, and will outline more productive policy directions.

Christopher Newfield is Professor of literature and American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

More information can be found on the flyer.

C. Newfield Poster

November 19, 2015

Please join the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research at the Cooper House at 7:00 for short presentations from grant winners Ekaterina Alexandrova, Rebecca Steele and Bunny Logan. Light refreshments will be served. Click on the names for more information about the grant winners research.

October 1, 2015

WIHR presents distinguished guest lecturer, Harvard professor Dr. Louis Menand at the University of Wyoming. The lecture, entitled "Hannah Arendt on Totalitarianism", was held on October 1st.

Abstract: In 1951 the noted political theorist and German émigré Hannah Arendt, published The Origins of Totalitarianism, which became one of the most important lenses through which Nazism, anti-Semitism, and the holocaust of World War II could be understood. Dr. Menand discusses the book in the context of the Cold War and in terms of Arendt's relationship with the influential philosopher Martin Heidegger. He also assesses the book's important stature in the literature of totalitarianism.


May 8, 2015

NEH Summer Stipend Workshop, Fri., 5/8/15 from 1:10-2:30 in the College of Business, Room 208. Prepare now, for the mid-September deadline. If you know you would like to attend, contact Dr. Susanna Goodin at Drop-ins are welcome. The workshop will cover the general guidelines for the Summer Stipend, will go over the basic ranking system used by the NEH, and will have past UW winners and those faculty who served on the UW selection committee available to answer questions.

April 30, 2015

The Ucross Experiment; Cross Pollination of Arts and Sciences will be provide a documentary film, "World Premier," on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gryphon Theatre. The event is free and open to the public with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Abstract: In the summer of 2014, artists and scientists gathered for an experiment in cultivating an understanding of the land and people of Wyoming.  Working at the Ucross Ranch with the sponsorship of WIHR, the Wyoming Humanities Council, and other organization, the participants sought to catalyze mutual respect and deep conversation founded on humanist inquiry.  Collaborative research, informal conversations, and public presentations fostered lasting, scholarly relationships that will unfold on a continuing basis to yield socially valuable and intellectually compelling formulations of the humanities at UW through art and science, two of Western culture’s most abiding approaches to comprehending ourselves and our place in the world. According to Jeff Lockwood, the Experiment's impresario, "the environmental problems that we face are the products of our being fully human—biophysical, technological, sociopolitical, economic, historical, rational, emotional, creative, moral, and spiritual creatures—and the stakes are too high for us to retreat from the powerful questions posed by the humanities."

View the Ucross presentations here:

April 25, 2015

Goode Family Excellence Fund Lecture, in part with the Don Quixote program, will have guest speaker Professor Steven Hutchinson, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to present "Narrating the Return Journey," on Saturday April 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the Business Building Room 57.

April 24-25, 2015

Hunting Symposium

WIHR Symposium, "Hunting: A Humanities Conversation." The symposium is prompted by the State Museum's current display, The Art of the Hunt, in Cheyenne. This is a collaborative project between the Wyoming Arts Council and the UW American Studies Program. There will be two events with Distinguished Professor, Jan Dizard, of Amherst College. Hosted by Dr. John Dorst.

  • Dr. Dizard will present "What Made Hunting in the US a Model of Conservation and What Now Threatens That Model?" on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 4:10 p.m. in the Classroom Building, Room 310.
  • A roundtable discussion with Dr. Jan Dizard will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:00 in the Berry Biodiversity Center Auditorium, "Hunting and the Humanities." Light refreshments will be served at 9:00 a.m.

April 23-26, 2015

Don Quixote in the American West: A Fourth-Centenary Celebration. Click here for program details.


April 10, 2015

Co-sponsored talk on Japanese Magna, Friday, April 10, 2015 at 4:00 in the Business Auditorium. More information tba.

January 14, 2015 - Workshop

The Office of Research and Economic Development will sponsor, "Write Winning Grant Proposals for the Humanities and Arts," on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Contact Angela Faxon at or Rachel Sailor at

December 9, 2014


Dr. Jim Harris, Andrew W Mellon Foundation Teaching Curator at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, presented "Agile Objects, Agile Minds: Teaching and Learning in the University Museum" on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

November 24, 2014


Dr. Peter Kaufman, Professor at the University of Richmond, presented "Such Large Discourse: Leadership and the Humanities" at 4:00 p.m. in the Classroom Building, Room 129. A public reception will follow the lecture.

October 30, 2014

Reconstructing the View:  The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe

Klett-Wolfe Promo Image

Reconstructing the View:  The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe Thursday, Oct. 30th. at 7:00 in the Visual Arts Building, Room 111.  Co-sponsored with Art History Program, Department of Art and Museum of Art.

Mark Klett is a pioneer in the field of re-photography.  Using his training as a geologist, Klett positions his camera at the precise location of classic views of the west.  Through his lens we see persistence, change, and the ways in which these disarmingly grand views of the west were framed to highlight characteristics of the landscape.  Byron Wolfe’s photographs connect his interests in time, change, and place.  Both Klett and Wolfe have received Guggenheim Fellowships to support their work.

Sept 17 - 18, 2014

Immigration Policy and its Impact from a Wyoming and U.S. Perspective - Symposium

WIHR Immigration Symposium

Immigration Policy and its Impact from a Wyoming and U.S. Perspective,” a symposium co-sponsored with the Alan K. Simpson Institute, American Heritage Center, September 17-18

The symposium will feature invited presentations that explore the themes of nationhood, citizenship and belonging; values and social otherness; borders; questions of social justice; individual, national and cultural identities; the ways in which people reinvent themselves, their cultures and their worlds in new contexts; and the role language plays in controversial conversations such as assimilation and education.  Featured speaker will be Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Antonio Vargas, who, in a June 2011 essay in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, revealed his status as an "undocumented immigrant" in order to promote dialogue about the immigration system in the U.S.  Vargas is the founder of "Define American," a non-profit organization intended to open up dialogue about the criteria people use to determine who is an American.

Sept 25, 2014

Memories of Heart Mountain: As experience by former prisoner Sam Mihara. Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Classroom Building, Room 310.

September 16 - 17, 2014

AIS is excited to welcome Dr. Colin Samson from the University of Essex for two public events in September related to his research on First Nations sovereignty. They are:

  • A screening of the documentary film Nutak - Memories of a Resettlement, followed by Q&A with Samson, who ws the project consultant for the film. This takes place Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 pm in Business 127. You can read a little about the film here:
  • A public lecture: "The Architecture of Dispossession: Neocolonialism and Neoliberalism in Aboriginal Land Claims Agreements in Canada."  This takes place Wednesday, September 17, at 4:30 pm in Business 127.  A summary of this lecture appears at the bottom of this message.

Samson's visit is sponsored by the American Indian Studies Program, the Department of English, and the Office of Research and Economic Development.

WIHR Spring 2014 Research Presentations

Work-in-progress funded through the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research

See WIHR Current Projects for project abstracts.

All Presentations will take place in Classroom 103.

Thursday, May 1, 3:30 - 5:00, Classroom Building Room 103

3:30 – 3:50    Marianne Kamp, History

Reappraising an Uzbek Literary Hero

3:50 – 4:10    Eric Nye, English

Penetrating the Secrets of the Past in Literary Manuscripts: Reflectance Transformation Imaging and the Modern Palimpsest

4:10 – 4:30    Marcus Watson, Anthropology and Global & Area Studies

Are Digital Technologies an Alienating Form of Communication? The Case of the Bulsa of Ghana’s Upper East Region

4:30 – 4:50    Conxita Domenech and Kevin Larsen, Spanish

Don Quixote in the American West: A Fourth-Centenary Celebration (1615–2015)

Friday, May 2, 3:30 - 5:00, Classroom Building Room 103

3:30 – 4:00    Lisa Hunt, Art History

Digital Photography for The Count's (Im)Pious Prayers: The Psalter of Guy of Dampierre, Count of Flanders, 1278-1305

4:00 – 4:30    JoAnna Poblete, History

Common Subjectivities: American Sāmoan and Pacific Islander Labor Migrant Experiences under U.S. rule, 1900 to the present

4:30 – 5:00    Isadora Helfgott and Nicole Crawford, History and UW Art Museum

Museums and Reconciliation in Cambodia: A Cross Cultural Collaboration between UW and the Sleuk Rith Institute

Wednesday, May 7, 3:30 - 5:00, Classroom Building Room 103

3:30 – 4:00    Caroline McCracken-Flesher, English

Homecoming: A Scottish Phenomenon?

4:00 – 4:30    Danielle Pafunda and Andy Fitch, English and MFA in Creative Writing

Post-Narcissist Poetics: Rewriting After Freud

4:30 – 5:00    John Dorst and Bailey Russel, American Studies and Art Department

Capturing Animals at the Intersection of Art and Science: A Comparative, Humanities-based Examination of Animal Trapping Photography and Taxidermy

Grant-Writing Workshop

The Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research (University of Wyoming) and the National Endowment for the Humanities

Date:  April 11, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location:  American Heritage Center, Stockgrowers Room


The workshop will be divided into two sessions. Session 1 will consist of an introduction to Endowment programs and initiatives. John Cox, Senior Program Officer in the Division of Research Programs, will address the full range of funding opportunities in all the NEH divisions. Programs).  Session 2 will be devoted to specific strategies for writing competitive applications and a better understanding the review process.  This session will feature a “mock panel” using volunteers chosen from the pool of registrants and real applications submitted to NEH. The mock panel format addresses questions that frequently arise when writing proposals and demystifies the NEH’s peer review process. A question and answer period will be included in each session. Workshop participants will also be able to meet for individual, 15-20 minute consultations with Mr. Cox.  These meetings must be scheduled through the WIHR office before April 2nd.   In order to make the best use of this limited time, the Institute asks that each participant in this individualized portion of the program submit a one-paragraph summary of the grant project in advance. This will allow Mr. Cox to gather sample proposals, talk to colleagues, etc. and come to the meeting well informed.  For these one-on-one sessions, preregistration is essential.

Please register for the workshop by April 2, 2014 by contacting the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research through Clayleen Rivord, our office manager (  We will send further information on April 3rd.

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program Presents: Christine M. Thomas, PhD

Finding Paul in the Landscape of the Ancient City: Urban Space at Ephesos, Real and Imagined

Wyoming Institute for Humanities Institute

University of Wyoming, Laramie WY

Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 4:10 p.m.

UW Classroom Building, Room 302

Reception to follow at 5:30 p.m. in the Cooper Mansion

More than a century of archaeological work at Ephesos on the west coast of Turkey has unearthed impressive marble buildings in its urban center, locations dominated by the monuments of the wealthy and powerful.  They are not necessarily representative, however, of the lived context of the overwhelming majority of the city’s ancient inhabitants.  Recent survey work at Ephesos has developed the first detailed outline of the ancient coastline and of structures that provide a more complete picture of the urban landscape, and a more promising location for the social classes from which the first Christians were drawn.  With the early Christian texts found in the New Testament, this evidence provides a vision of the city that is radically different its official and visible monuments,  an “invisible city” existing alongside it.

Additional Details


Understanding the Underworld: Hydraulic Fracturing and the Depths of the Humanities, Guest Lecture by Patty Limerick

Wyoming Institute for Humanities Institute

University of Wyoming, Laramie WY

for more information:

Eric Sandeen – director
Chelsea Biondolillo – communications

Press release:
Patty Limerick will be giving a talk entitled, “Understanding the Underworld:  Hydraulic Fracturing and the Depths of the Humanities,” at 4:10 on October 30th in the Wyoming Family Room, Wyoming Union, University of Wyoming main campus, Laramie Wyoming.

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts.

She will be speaking at the University of Wyoming as the first sponsored speaker of the new Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research.

In October of 2012, the National Science Foundation Sustainability Research Network awarded a five-year, twelve-million-dollar grant to a consortium of scientists and engineers based at the University of Colorado.  The goal of the grant is to provide the foundation for a more evidence-based consideration of natural gas development, maximizing the benefits of this resource while minimizing the negative impacts—on human and natural communities—of its production.

The humanities-based Center of the American West holds the role of outreach and public communication in this collaboration, and by all indications, the Center’s participation was a key feature of the successful pursuit of the grant. This talk will cover the application of historical and literary perspectives to a vexing and contentious policy issue.  Placing perceptions of hydraulic fracturing in the broader picture of human efforts to understand and envision the subsurface, Limerick will advance a proposition that she believes in the core of her soul:  the humanities hold a great deal more promise for benefiting society than most members of the public—not to mention many humanities scholars themselves!—now realize. 

In the seemingly intractable and polarized debate over hydraulic fracturing, research in the humanities can offer perspectives never anticipated—and therefore not yet dismissed or rejected—by the opponents and contestants who have carried on that debate with such vigor.

Goode Symposium

Wyoming Institute for Humanities Institute

University of Wyoming, Laramie WY

On September 19-20 the Institute co-sponsored the Goode symposium.  This year’s topic was “From Alchemy and Magic to Modern Day Medicine.”

Sponsored by the Goode Family Excellence Fund in Humanities, Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, and Gladys Crane Film Fund

Thursday, September 19, Classroom Building, Room 142

  • 2:00 p.m., Dr. William Eamon of New Mexico State University, will present "Medicine as a Hunt: The Pursuit of Secrets in Renaissance Science"
    • Abstract: Basically, I aimed to incorporate some of the themes you suggested, about medicine, language, and so forth. I'm going to talk about the metaphor of science/medicine as a hunt in the Renaissance and its implications for early modern medicine and natural history.
  • 3:30 p.m., Reception
  • 4:00 p.m., Dr. John Slater of University of Colorado-Boulder, will present "Medical Satire & the Language of Alchemy in 17th Century Spain”
    • Abstract: For the past 50 years, historians of science have understood the emergence of alchemical or chemical medicine during the 1680's to signal the dawn of scientific modernity in Spain. At the same time, literary historians traditionally have identified the death of Pedro Calderón de la Barca in 1681 as marking the end of the Golden Age. It is, in some dubious tellings, as if the embers of artistic and literary greatness had to be extinguished in order to permit the flourishing of something innovative, international, and properly scientific. Viewing the Spanish Baroque as an impediment to scientific and medical development overlooks the role that important writers—playwrights, preachers, and poets—played in making possible novel therapeutic practices related to chemical medicine. Drawing on the works of Quevedo and Calderón, among others, this talk will examine how medical satire and dramatic tropes helped facilitate new medical and alchemical practices, as well as create rhetorical spaces for new alchemical discourses
  • 7:30 p.m., Movie "Roujin Z", Classroom Building, Room 133
    • This film is a savage satire about healthcare for the aged in the 21st century. As the story opens, scientists are alarmed that there are too many old people. A group of scientists and hospital administrators, under the direction of the Ministry of Public Welfare, develop a computerized hospital bed with robotic features. The Z-001 takes complete care of the patient and is driven by its own built-in nuclear power reactor. A compassionate young nurse, determined to help an elderly man strapped to one of these revolutionary healthcare beds, starts a series of unexpected consequences. Thus begins a wild chase through the busy streets of Tokyo as the supercomputer/bed/life-support system begins to have the personality of the old man's ex-wife (who just wants to spend the afternoon at the beach) as the government's secret project unfolds. Written by major anime figure Katsuhiro Otomo, whose “Akira” (1990) was an animated vision of a nightmare future urban world.

Friday, September 20, Classroom Building, Room 142

  • 10:00 a.m., Dr. Amy Vidali of University of Colorado-Boulder, will present "Tipping the Pain Scale: Past and Present Narratives of Gastrointestinal Disorder and Distress”
    • Abstract: This talk considers representations of gastrointestinal disorder and distress in women by examining nineteenth century and contemporary medical discourse, with attention to the loss of patient narrative in an age of pain assessment, and the role of advertisements that encourage women to self-diagnose and cure loosely-identified GI problems.

Actor and Art Collector Cheech Marin Visits UW

Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

In September, the Institute supported public programming associated with the University Art Museum exhibition, “Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection.”

Press Release:

August 16, 2013 — Well-known entertainer Cheech Marin, who has gained additional acclaim as a collector of Chicano art, is scheduled to visit the University of Wyoming campus and present two public programs on Sept. 6-7.

Marin will speak about “Chicano Art: Cultivating the Chicano Future” at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in the Wyoming Union Ballroom, followed by a book signing. On Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m., he will give an informal gallery walk-through at the UW Art Museum. Both programs are free and open to the public.

An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition is planned Friday, Sept. 6, from 6-8 p.m. at the UW Art Museum. This event also is free and open to the public.

While on campus, Marin also will meet with faculty members and students from the Chicano Studies, American Studies, Art and History departments.

Marin, who is best known for his work in movies, television and improvisational comedy, has been acquiring art for more than 25 years and has amassed arguably the most renowned collection of Chicano art in private hands.

“Cheech Marin’s efforts as a collector of and advocate for Chicano art have made this important art genre visible and accessible to main street America,” says the UW Art Museum’s director and chief curator, Susan Moldenhauer. “His public lecture will illuminate the importance of this art and explore its connections to the broader genre of American art.”

A selection of paintings from Marin’s private collection will be on view at the UW Art Museum Sept. 7-Nov. 23. “Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection” features paintings all under 16 by 16 inches, and showcases 26 established and emerging Chicano artists. The painting styles include photo-realism, abstraction, portraits and landscapes.

“’Chicanitas’ is drawn from Marin’s most recent interest in collecting works that explore the personal lives and daily routines of the Chicano experience,” Moldenhauer says. “Smaller in scale than the large canvases that Chicano artists have used to convey the political and social realm of their experience, the paintings in the exhibition offer more personal yet powerful perspective of their lives.”

The exhibition and Marin’s visit are made possible in part by the Wyoming Humanities Council, Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, Wyoming Arts Council through the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, UW Chicano Studies, UW Multicultural Affairs, UW Student Activities Council, UW Art Department, Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, ASUW, MEChA, UW National Advisory Board Endowment, and UW Art Museum Gala funds.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622 or visit and the museum’s blog at, or follow the museum on Facebook at

Through its “museum as classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. The museum is located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 9 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

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