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Saturday , March 29, 2014

Gillette College - Main Building

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.

Mother as Monster: Scary Single Motherhood in Contemporary Horror Films

Miranda S. Miller, English Division, Gillette College

The USA Census indicates that the number of single mothers has tripled since 1970, to over 10 million. At the same time, the single mother—the image of the broken household—has become a regular feature of horror cinema, engendering a real and enduring fear. Come and hear Ms. Miller analyze how contemporary horror films interact with this changing role of motherhood.

Income Inequality and Americas’ Coming Economic challenges  

Robert Godby, Associate Professor of Economics and Finance, University of Wyoming

Income inequality in American society, and the choice of appropriate public policies to combat it, have recently taken center stage in public discourse.  Rob Godby will discuss the underlying trends regarding income inequality and why it may (or may not) matter with respect to the USA's future economic growth.  After describing possible causes of inequality and theirs trends over the past thirty years, Godby will address challenges and actions American citizens and policy-makers should consider in attempting to rectify this problem.

Please Give Us One More Boom: Oil and Gas in Wyoming,

Leslie Waggener, Archivist and Head, Alan K. Simpson Institute for Western Politics and Leadership, University of Wyoming


Boom and bust in the state’s oil and gas industry has been a repeated theme as this industry rose to become Wyoming’s primary revenue generator. From the 1920's Salt Creek boom to the recent developments in Sublette County and the Niobrara Oil Play, Waggener draws from historic materials and recent oral histories to draw conclusions and proffer suggestions for “One More Boom.” 

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