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Summer Term 2011 - Jackson, WY

Summer Term 2011

Go back to college for a day – minus the tests, stress and homework – with three professors from Gillette College and the University of Wyoming who will enlighten and entertain with lectures during Saturday University: The Free One-Day college education.

Attend one, two or all three Saturday University lectures, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson. There is no pre-registration necessary and the lectures are free and open to the public.  The day wraps up with a lunch and conversation as the professors explore links among their topics.

Saturday University is a collaborative program connecting popular UW professors with Wyoming residents who have a desire to learn.  Saturday University is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, University of Wyoming Foundation and the Wyoming Humanities Council. The program is presented locally by Central Wyoming College, National Museum of Wildlife Art and Teton County Library Foundation.

The Oglala Lakota (Sioux) and the Modernization of American Culture, 1848-1890
Jeff Means, Assistant Professor of History, University of Wyoming

Jeff Means

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.

Public Art and Community: Building Partnerships Through Art
Susan B. Moldenhauer, Director & Chief Curator, University of Wyoming Art Museum

Susan Moldenhaur

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.

Science in the Movies
Mike Brotherton, Associate Professor of Astronomy, University of Wyoming

Mike Brotherton

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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