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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gillette College - (Room 167 - Main Building West Entrance)

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 Outreach School, University of Wyoming Foundation and the Wyoming Humanities Council. The program is presented locally by the UW Outreach School and Gillette College.

A Biological Arms Race

Holly Martin, Biology Instructor, Gillette College

The human body carries 10 times as many bacterial cells as human cells! Most are harmless or even beneficial, but a small minority can wreak havoc by causing infections.  While the immune system works to drive out those attacking intruders, trespassing bacteria do not just lie down and die. They fight back. And the immune system responds with counter-measures, which can themselves be countered. This talk examines the complex and ever changing relationship between the immune system and bacteria.

Gender, Whiteness, and Power in Rodeo: Breaking Away from the Ties of Sexism and Racism

Tracey Owens Patton, Director - African American & Diaspora Studies & Professor -Communication and Journalism, University of Wyoming & Sally Schedlock, Professional Rodeo participant (MA in Communication from the University of Wyoming) 

Cowgirls and cowboys have hooked the American imagination with the lure of freedom and adventure since the turn of the twentieth century. Rodeo has transcended into popular culture as a sport that is emblematic of all things “Western.”  In Gender, Whiteness, and Power in Rodeo: Breaking Away from the Ties of Sexism and Racism Dr. Tracey Owens Patton and Sally M. Schedlock visually explore how race, gender, and other issues of identity complicate the mythic historical narrative of the West.

 Wyoming’s Geologic Secrets

Carol Frost, Professor -Geology, University of Wyoming


Wyoming’s spectacular scenery, dinosaur remains, and abundant coal, oil and gas, trona, and uranium are well-known and widely appreciated assets. However, there is much more preserved in Wyoming’s rocks than is generally known. This talk will uncover and reveal some of the geologic secrets tucked away in various places across our state.



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