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Spring 2018 Jackson

National Museum of Wildlife Art
Jackson, WY
March 3, 2018 | 9:00 AM

Doors open at 8:30 AM for coffee and donuts.

9:00 AM Stories from the Mongolian Taiga
Dr. Todd Surovell, Professor of Archaeology; Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming

Since 2012, Surovell has been doing research with reindeer herders in Khövsgöl Province of northern Mongolia, studying their traditional ways with an eye toward developing comparative interpretations of the archaeological record of similar peoples. After spending a total of seven months, in all four seasons, he has learned much about the year-round rhythm of reindeer herder life. This presentation aims to bring the audience face-to-face with some of the more astounding aspects of the herders’ life on the taiga through experiences, stories and pictures—illustrating the goals, trepidations, and pleasure of their lives.

10:15 AM Who Gets to Drink?
Dr. Kristi Hansen, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wyoming

Water is a limited resource in most of the western United States, yet growing populations and environmental demands increase pressure on existing supplies. Who should be allowed to use it when supplies become more scarce? To answer this, Hansen will describe how economists think about water allocation among competing users and different uses, drawing lessons for the drought-stricken Upper Colorado Basin.

11:30 AM Income Inequality: Its Effects on the USA’s Economic and Political Future
Dr. Rob Godby, Associate Professor of Economics; Director, Center for Energy Economics & Public Policy, University of Wyoming

We hear almost daily about our country’s political divide, but the United States faces an even more disruptive division, that of increasing income inequality. As the economic divide has grown over the past two decades, it has enhanced the perception that America is facing a financial crisis as well as a political one. Godby will explain what income inequality is and examine the dynamics that have led to the current situation, as well as providing some hope for the future.

Presentations followed by a roundtable discussion with speakers over FREE lunch.

Saturday University in Jackson is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Humanities Council, National Museum of Wildlife Art and Central Wyoming College-Jackson.

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