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Fall 2017 Sheridan

Whitney Academic Center

Sheridan College | Sheridan, WY

September 23, 2017 | 9:00 AM

Doors open at 8:30 AM for coffee and donuts.

9:00 AM Marketing the Wonderful Wizard of Oz: L. Frank Baum and Ozmania
Susan Aronstein, Professor of English, University of Wyoming

Sold-out performances! Standing room only! Box office records broken! Touring companies bringing shows to eager fans across the country. No, we’re not describing Wicked, the hit musical still on Broadway after 14 years, nor Judy Garland’s filmed trip down the yellow brick film road in technicolor ruby slippers. No, Ozmania first swept the country in 1903. The show was The Wizard of Oz—adapted from L. Frank Baum’s bestselling children’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This talk explores the original Oz craze and how the marketing wizard L. Frank Baum put Oz into America’s imagination, building his book into sequels, spin-offs, and comics, as well as a traveling extravaganza and silent films.

10:15 AM Jesus Reading Scripture at Nazareth: The Archaeology of Worship in First-Century Synagogues
Paul Flesher, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Wyoming

In the study of ancient Judaism, our portrayal of worship largely derives from textual evidence, from the Bible to the Dead Sea scrolls and rabbinic literature, and everything in between. Missing from the picture has been the archaeology of synagogues where such worship took place. This talk takes what we know about synagogue worship in the first century CE and portrays it in the archaeological remains of actual first-century synagogues. This move highlights the dynamics of worship and social interaction different synagogue plans encourage, and casts different interpretative perspectives on the Gospel of Luke’s story of Jesus reading Scripture in the Nazareth synagogue.

11:30 AM Art and Religion in the Philosophy of Paul Weiss
Dr. Paul Young, President, Sheridan College

Both Art and Religion make claims to reach something which is beyond the world of ordinary experience or that can be reduced to scientific, cultural, political or other explanations. How is this possible? This lecture will explore the thought of 20th century philosopher Paul Weiss on this problem and Weiss’ solution which combines the robustness of classical metaphysics with a uniquely American pragmatic approach.

Saturday University in Sheridan is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Humanities Council, and Sheridan College.

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