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SHERIDAN, Wyo. —Go back to college for a day – minus the tests, stress and homework – with three professors from the University of Wyoming with lectures during Saturday University: The Free One-Day College Education on Saturday, September 17, 2016.  

Attend one, two or all three Saturday University lectures from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Spear-O-Mountain Campus (Directions here!).


Saturday University returns to Spear-O-Mountain Campus!

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 fi nd 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?

The Power of Place: Outdoor Literature and Personal Identity

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 infl uence.

Place, Memory and Preservation: From Independence Hall to Spear-O Wigwam

Mary 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-Mtn. Campus. 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.



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