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Thursday, February 9, 2017

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.

Leave Everything and Sing to God: Hindu Holy Women in India

Antoinette DeNapoli, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Wyoming

In India, ascetics who leave behind everything to become impoverished worshippers of the divine are considered holy. Since asceticism has traditionally been a male occupation, the few female ascetics are usually overlooked.  In this presentation, we will learn about the fascinating yet little known world of female ascetics who worship through singing, storytelling, and selfless service to others. They call these practices “singing to God”—an approach by which these largely illiterate women create religious authority and earn the respect of their communities

Passing Gas:  Why you may be driving an electric car in the near future

Ray DeStefano, Industrial Electricity Instructor, Gillette College

Electric vehicles have been in use for over a century, and now they are poised for mass adoption.  With recent innovations, electric vehicles are beginning to compete with their gas counterparts in terms of performance and value.  This talk will look at the past and present state of electric vehicle technology, the hurdles to mass adoption and the reasons an eventual switch to electric is all but certain.  How will the world be changed when electric vehicles are commonplace?

Wyoming’s Heart Mountain Relocation Center: A Living Legacy

Eric Sandeen, Professor of American Studies and Director, Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, University of Wyoming


During World War II more than 14,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans were detained in barracks at the Heart Mountain Center between Cody and Powell in Park County, Wyoming.  After the war, eager homesteaders carted off these temporary structures and incorporated them into local farms and ranches.  Many remain to this day: some easily identifiable, others thoroughly disguised as homes, sheds, and out buildings. These barracks thus reveal the stories of two waves of population in NW Wyoming, one unwilling and the other willing. This talk will explore what these buildings reveal and how their inhabitants changed the character of Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin.

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