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Fall Term 2012 - Jackson, Wy

Saturday U Profs Tackle Heart Mountain, Health Care & Politics

Jackson, WY- What remains of Wyoming's World War II Heart Mountain Japanese-American Relocation Center? What does health care reform mean for Wyoming residents? How has the Supreme Court reshaped the political landscape for election 2012?

Three University of Wyoming professors will tackle those questions at Saturday U: The Free One-Day College Education on Saturday, Oct. 6. Ever think about going back to school? Now is your chance to experience college-caliber lectures for free but skip the homework.

Attend one, two or all three Saturday U lectures from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 6, in the National Museum of Wildlife Art Cook Auditorium. No preparation or advance sign up required! The day wraps up with a free lunch and conversation as the UW professors weave together their three disparate themes. Click here for directions to the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Saturday U, Oct 6, Fall Term Schedule

8:30-8:45 a.m.  Free coffee & donuts

8:45-9:00 a.m.  Welcome & opening remarks

9:00-10:00 a.m.  Wyoming's Heart Mountain Relocation Center: A Living Legacy

Eric Sandeen, Professor and Chair, American Studies Program


Dr. Sandeen

During World War II more than 14,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans were detained in barracks at the Heart Mountain Center between Cody and Powell in Park County. After the war, eager homesteaders carted off these temporary structures and incorporated them into local farms and ranches. Many remain to this day -- some easily identifiable, others thoroughly disguised as homes, sheds, and out buildings. These barracks reveal the stories of two waves of population in northeastern Wyoming, one unwilling and the other willing. What do these buildings reveal? How did their inhabitants change the character of the Big Horn Basin?

10:15-11:15 a.m.  What Does Health Care Reform Mean for Wyoming? Health Exchanges, Medicaid & Provider Challenges

Anne M. Alexander, Director, International Programs


Dr. Alexander

The Affordable Care Act and healthcare provision present special challenges to Wyoming. Many parts of the Cowboy State have extremely limited access to primary care, and our small population presents challenges for financing insurance pools and recruiting and retaining primary care providers. What are the challenges and long-term trends for healthcare in Wyoming, from financing to workforce needs?

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Election 2012: Democracy in the Wake of the Citizens United Decision

James D. King, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science


Dr. King

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission altered the landscape of campaign finance, opened the door for the creation of Super PACs, and generated volumes of commentary about the decision’s effect on the political process. What did the Court say in Citizens United and how has the electoral process been changed as a result? What are the myths and realities of campaign financing today?

12:45-1:45 p.m. - Lunch & Discussion

Hosted by the University of Wyoming, and an audience question and answer session with all three professors in the Wapiti Gallery.

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Now in its third year, Saturday U is a collaborative program connecting University of Wyoming professors with Teton County residents, who have a desire to learn. Offered twice a year, Saturday U is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, University of Wyoming Foundation and Wyoming Humanities Council. The program is presented locally by Central Wyoming College, National Museum of Wildlife Art and Teton County Library Foundation.

Participants may earn half a college credit or half a PTSB credit for Saturday U from Central Wyoming College. To register for college credit or PTSB credit, call Susan Thulin, CWC outreach coordinator, 307-733-7425. For general information about Saturday U: The Free One-Day College Education or library programs, visit the library online,, or contact Teton County Library Adult Humanities Coordinator, Oona Doherty, 733-2164 ext. 135,

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