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Summer Term 2011

Summer Term 2011 featured outstanding University of Wyoming professor and science fiction author Michael Brotherton talking about Science in the Movies, director and chief curator of the UW Art Museum Susan Moldenhauer talking about Public Art and Community: Building Partnerships Through Art, and historian and American Indian Studies professor Jeff Means talking about The Oglala Lakota (Sioux) and the Modernization of American Culture, 1848-1890. Click on the titles above or below to view classes and discussions online.


Jeff MeansThe Oglala Lakota (Sioux) and the Modernization of American Culture, 1848-1890
Jeff Means, Assistant Professor of History, University of Wyoming
How and when did our contemporary American concepts of race and identity emerge?  Following the Mexican-American War new territories brought a plethora of new cultures into the contiguous United States.  Hereafter America's pot failed to "melt." American hegemony and colonialism failed to eliminate these cultures, and as a result was forced to adapt and evolve.  Oglala Lakota (Sioux) resistance to assimilation, and their continued presence, has forever redefined this nation's concept of race and identity, and thus what it means to be an American.


Art MuseumPublic Art and Community: Building Partnerships Through Art
Susan B. Moldenhauer, Director & Chief Curator, University of Wyoming Art Museum
What is public art?  Why is it important?  What can it do for a community?  Sculpture: A Wyoming Invitational, an exhibition organized by the University of Wyoming Art Museum for locations on- and off-campus, interjected new life into our community, created new partnerships that crossed town-gown lines, and has had unanticipated impacts.  Learn about how this program was created and implemented and lessons learned about how other communities might consider public art in their towns.


Mike BrothertonScience in the Movies
Mike Brotherton, Associate Professor of Astronomy, University of Wyoming
Does it matter if Hollywood gets the science right in the movies?  Entertainment informs opinions about science and scientists, and is stealth education for better or worse. Good science is rare in the movies but perhaps even bad science offers teachable moments. Examples of good science and bad science will be demonstrated in movie clips such as 2001, Armageddon, and Total Recall.


Lunch and Discussion
Moderated by Paul Flesher, Associate Professor and Director, Religious Studies Program University of Wyoming
Lunch and audience Q & A in the Wapiti Gallery.

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Michael Brotherton, associate professor of astronomy and science fiction author

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