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Thursday February 12, 2015

Location - Gillette College

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.

Commercial Aspects of Religious Pilgrimage

John D. Mittelstaedt, Professor & Dean, College of Business, University of Wyoming

Pilgrimage is big business. The 8.4 million pilgrims to Mecca in 2005 spent over 8 billion dollars. And business is booming: the number of Christians seeking to enhance their salvation by a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain has increased nearly 50-fold since 1989. What is the commercial impact of pilgrims’ spiritual journey? To answer this question, UW’s dean of the Business college looks at a new pilgrimage site—Marktl am Inn, the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI—to understand how the influx of pious pilgrims has recast the town’s commercial character.

The Descent of Darwin

Caroline McCracken-Flesher, Professor, English Department, College of A&S, University of Wyoming

Where did Charles Darwin come from? What was his line of descent? Caroline McCracken-Flesher traces his lineage from his prominent family through his education and influences, and shows how “Darwinism” was in the air, for shepherds, scientists and poets from the eighteenth century on. 

Biodiversity Inside and Out: A Look at Life’s Richness from Wyoming’s Perspective

Carlos Martínez del Rio, Professor, Department of Zoology and Physiology, College of A&S & Director, Biodiversity Institute, University of Wyoming

From our domestic breakfast to the wild animals in Wyoming’s extraordinary landscapes, biological diversity supports our lives and our livelihoods. Join Dr. Martinez Del Rio as he explores the variety of Wyoming’s animals and the webs that connect them. Discover how the biodiversity that we live within—and that lives in us—shapes our lives and even our ability to live

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