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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sheridan College - Whitney Academic Center Atrium

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 Descent of Darwin

Caroline McCracken-Flesher, Professor of English, 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.

"Hello" or "How are the Children?": An African Approach to Social Integration

John Kambutu, Associate Professor of Education, College of Education, University of Wyoming, UW-Casper

Maasai Warriors of Kenya and Tanzania are well-known for their courage and willingness to confront other ethnic groups. However, the Maasai are rarely recognized for their fondness with children, a fact that is evident in their traditional greetings “ And how are the children?”  In this presentation, John explores what might happen if Americans adopted this Maasai mindset in our effort to address the social challenges currently facing American children and families. 

The Migrations of Wyoming’s Deer, Elk and Moose: Ecology and Conservation amid Changing Landscapes

Matthew Kaufman, Professor of Zoology and Physiology, College of A&S, University of Wyoming & Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and U.S. Geological Survey

Matthew Kaufman leads a scientific team that has broken new ground exploring the long-distance migrations of Wyoming's iconic large ungulates like deer and elk. Their research seeks to understand how and why ungulates migrate by evaluating the role of forage, movement, fat dynamics, reproduction and survival. His talk will explore how migrations are being altered by landscape changes such as drought, predation by newly restored wolves and grizzly, and rapidly expanding energy development as well as new efforts to sustain Wyoming's ungulate migrations. (Visit

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