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Saturday, April 22, 2016

Western Wyoming Community College, Room 1302

Go back to college for a day – minus the tests, stress and homework – join us for three lectures, delivered by top-notch professors who will enlighten and entertain you as part of Saturday U: The Free One-Day college education on Saturday April 22, 2016

Attend one, two or all three Saturday University lectures from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 22nd at Western Wyoming Community College in the Rock Springs. There is no pre-registration necessary and the lectures are free and open to the public.  The day wraps up with a lunch and conversation as the professors explore links among their topics.

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 western Wyoming Community College, the Wyoming Humanities Council, and the UW Outreach School.

8:30-8:50 a.m.  Doors Open --- Free coffee and pastries

8:50-9:00 a.m.  Welcome and opening remarks

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.   When Coal Died in Wyoming: A History of Energy

Phil Roberts - Professor of History, University of Wyoming

Phil Roberts

The decline of coal since 2015 seems to be without precedent. But it has happened twice before—both times due to technological change. In the 1920s, the huge growth in oil and natural gas production practically eliminated coal as a heating fuel throughout Wyoming. Many mines remained open only due to mechanization, although miners’ numbers diminished steadily. The mines got by through supplying coal for Wyoming’s railroad locomotives. In the 1950s, even this market dried up when diesel fuel began to power trains throughout Wyoming. Coal towns dwindled and disappeared, as did the need for locomotive repair facilities in towns like Cheyenne and Laramie. This presentation will review the impact of coal’s decline on Wyoming towns in the past, looking to them for lessons for today.

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.  Repeal and Replace: A Delicate Game of Jenga 

Mary Burman - Professor of Nursing and Dean of the School of Nursing, University of Wyoming

Mary Burman

A key component of the national Republican platform during the election was the immediate repeal of Obamacare. Now that Republicans control Washington, however, health care change is proceeding slowly. What makes the “repeal and replacement” of the Affordable Care Act so difficult? Professor Burman will provide a primer on health care reform and explain the interdependent components of health care coverage. She will identify how different parts of our health care system depend on each other, like Jenga pieces, and discuss which ones can and cannot be removed without bringing down the entire structure.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell us about the Future

Robert Kelly, Professor of Anthropology, University of Wyoming

Robert Kelly

This lecture discusses the four major “beginnings” of human history – the origins of technology, culture, agriculture, and the state—and presents evidence that humanity is entering a fifth beginning, one that can be expected to mark dramatic changes in world economy, war, culture, and governance.

12:30-1:30 p.m. --- Free lunch & discussion

Join us for a free lunch, round-table discussion and audience question and answer session.

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