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Saturday, March 12, 2016

National Museum of Wildlife Art - Jackson, WY

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 Central Wyoming College, National Museum of Wildlife Art and Teton County Library Foundation.

Mexican-America in the Napa Valley:  Wine, Tourism, and Race in the Wine Country

Lilia Soto - Assistant Professor American Studies & Latina/o Studies, University of Wyoming

This presentation will examine the experiences of Mexicans in the Napa Valley in California as workers and as wine makers.  Soto argues that they have been hidden from the Napa Valley narrative, rendering them new immigrants at best and invisible at worse.  To uncover their stories, multiple historical moments will be discussed and examined – and shared in this presentation

Living the High Life: a 12,000 Year Love Story of Humans and Ice Near the Dinwoody Glacier

Todd Guenther - Professor of Anthropology and History, Central Wyoming College

In the summer of 2015, Central Wyoming College students conducted research as part of the CWC Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition.  The Expedition was organized to document recession of the glaciers, water flow and quality, and human relationships with ice and water in the high alpine during the last 12,000 years.  The group discovered the highest known bison jump in North America at 11,000 feet above sea level near the Dinwoody Glacier in the Wind River Mountains. Thousands of feet higher than the next known jumps, it became immediately apparent that Wyoming’s prehistoric cultures were much more diverse than previously understood.  The bison jump and other sites discovered are attracting international attention because they suggest that from Clovis times Native Americans have routinely sought out the highest and seemingly most forbidding places to hunt mammoth and other big game, and even wintered in what seems to us a prohibitively harsh alpine environment. CWC serves the Wind River Indian Reservation and about 30% of CWC archaeology students are American Indians. These young people are excited about providing information that could require the rewriting of textbook accounts of their ancestors’ lives. Professor Guenther will share their discovery in his presentation.   

Tithes and Offerings for Black Power

Kerry Pimblott - Assistant Professor African American and Diaspora Studies, University of Wyoming

During the late 1960's and early 1970's, church executives from several of the nation’s largest denominations united in extending massive financial support to Black Power organizations. In communities across the country, this controversial move aided in improving legal services, housing, and employment, but also attracted fierce opposition from within and outside the church. Using the city of Cairo, Illinois as a case study, historian Kerry Pimblott explores both the promises and perils of church-based funding for the Black Power Movement in her presentation.


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