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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sheridan College - Whitney Academic Center

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 Wyoming Humanities Council, and the UW outreach School.

The Cowboy State in a World on the Move: Exploring Contemporary Immigration Issues In Wyoming

Suzan Marie Pritchett, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of International Human Rights Clinic, University of Wyoming College of Law

Global migration is on the rise and national immigration reform appears illusive.  As the least populous state in the nation, many assume that Wyoming is insulated from the larger immigration debate.  However, immigrants continue to make Wyoming their home, and national and international immigration policies have an effect on local Wyoming communities.  In this presentation, Professor Suzan M. Pritchett will give context to contemporary immigration issues in Wyoming and provide an opportunity for discussion on the future of immigration in the Cowboy State.

What Makes Poetry Work? 

Jane Elkington Wohl, Faculty member and poet, Sheridan College

Many people find poetry confusing.  Usually readers can understand the meaning of a poem, but the elements that create the meaning sometimes escape them.  This presentation will concentrate on “how” a poem means rather than “what” the poem means, through an exploration of sound, word choice, image, and figurative language.  We will examine a number of different poems in the process of this exploration.

Polar Bears and Climate Change: Walking on a Faster Treadmill

Merav Ben-David, Professor of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming

Declines in sea ice extent and thickness increase its drift on ocean currents. Because drift in the Beaufort Sea is largely westward, polar bears are forced to walk eastward on a faster moving "treadmill."  The higher time allocation and increased energy expenditure associated with this new demand, in conjunction with reduced hunting opportunities, lead to reduced survival especially of dependent young.


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