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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Campbell County Public Library (2101 S 4-J Rd, Gillette, WY 82718)

Saturday University is a collaborative program connecting popular UW and community college professors with Wyoming residents who have a desire to learn.  Saturday University is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Humanities Council, Wyoming community colleges, and Wyoming communities. The program is presented locally by the UW Outreach School, the Wyoming Humanities Council and Gillette College.

The Boat: Stories of Displacement and Unsettlement

Nam Le, Eminent Writer in Residence, Creative Writing Program, University of Wyoming

Nam Le is the eminent writer-in-residence with the Creative Writing Program at UW.  He is the author of the highly acclaimed collection of short stories, The Boat, which has garnered many literary prizes and worldwide attention.  He tells the stories of remarkably varied people and places woven together with a compelling, central thread:  all of the characters are in some sense refugees.  The people in Le’s often darkly enchanting tales represent diverse ages, genders and ethnicities but all of them, in various ways, are unsettled.  They are seeking refuge in deeply moving ways as they find themselves on the margins, sometimes by virtue of physical distance and other times through social, economic, or political displacement.  We are reminded that in a profound sense we are all refugees in some aspect of modern life as we hope to find sanctuary among others or perhaps within ourselves.

Russia and America’s Road to the Bright Future

John McGuire, Faculty member and Director of Business Education, Gillette College

For 70 years Russia’s Communism required sacrifice for a “Bright Future” that never came. Now Communism is gone, but political clashes between Russia and America, recently over the Ukraine and Syria, still beg the question, “Is the Cold War really over?  With everyone increasingly affected by economic globalization, what is Russia and America’s “Bright Future?”

Muslim Women: Breaking Down Stereotypes

Marianne Kamp, Associate Professor, History, University of Wyoming

From the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present, Islam's teachings about women have exerted greatly varied influences on Islamic cultures and societies. This talk draws on historical and present-day examples to examine reasons that some Muslim women have faced oppression, while others engage with their faith in ways that empower them.

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