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Thursday, October 27, 2016

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

What Could Democracy Be?

Scott Henkel, Assistant Professor - English, College of Arts & Science, University of Wyoming

As we approach the presidential election, Scott Henkel’s lecture will examine how writers and thinkers have understood democracy and have imagined its possibilities. What has democracy been in the United States, in ancient Athens, in cooperative workplaces, even on pirate ships and space ships? Who should participate in the democratic process, and what should that participation be? What might the future of democracy look like?

An Introduction to Islam for the Equality State

Seth Ward, Academic Professional Lecturer - Religious Studies, College of Arts & Science, University of Wyoming

Within more than a billion adherents, Islam is the second largest religion in the world and the fastest growing religion in the USA. But there is surprisingly little knowledge of Islam in our media as opposed to alarmist rumor. Dr. Ward, an expert in both Islam and Judaism, will dispel the myths and falsehoods and provide a simple and accurate description of Islam and its core beliefs and practices.

Climate, Drought, and Water in the West

Jacqueline J. Shinker - Associate Professor -  Geography, College of Arts & Science, University of Wyoming

The intermountain west contains eight of the ten driest states in the country. Much of our water resources in the region are dependent upon the natural reservoirs of seasonal mountain snowpack. Costly droughts in the region impact water resources for agriculture, energy, recreation, and municipalities. This presentation will provide context for recent droughts and the impacts of climate on past, present, and future water resources in the West.

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