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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sheridan College - C-Tel

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 Sheridan College.

The Thinking Animal: A Look at Comparative Psychology in the 21st Century

Rachel Kristiansen, Sheridan College

Do animals think? Do some animals think like humans, at least a little bit? If so, what can studying these animals reveal about how humans think? Dr. Kristiansen will explore these questions as she describes how animals perceive their world and how they learn from it by examining the ways they use tools, count and communicate. Learn about the exciting new field of animal psychology and its future benefits.

Making it Home: Landscape Photographs in the Nineteenth-Century West

Rachel Sailor, Assistant Professor - Art History, University of Wyoming


Photographs of the Old West fill archives and special collections across America, but they are often overlooked outside the region where they were taken. Cumulatively, these photographs can tell much more than the details of a town or homestead; they reveal that the camera was a settlement tool and that people used photographs to capture a sense of (their) place and of themselves within it.

The Future of Waterfowl Management, Conservation and Hunting

Benjamin S. Rashford, Associate Professor - Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wyoming


Waterfowl management and conservation in America is a success story of the North American wildlife conservation model – a globally unique model that manages wildlife as a public resource, using science, and largely funded by hunters.  Since 1846, hunters have played a critical role in developing and financing nearly every major waterfowl management and conservation initiative. But can this continue? Complex forces, from demographic shifts and agricultural policy, to economics and climate change, cast an increasingly dark shadow over the future of waterfowl conservation.

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