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Australia’s ‘Aboriginal Custodian’ to Speak in Wyoming

February 4, 2011
Bill Harney

Bill Harney, storyteller, singer, didgeridoo player/maker, painter and writer, will speak this month at the University of Wyoming and community colleges in Casper, Cheyenne and Sheridan.

The UW International Studies Scholars Lecture Series will host Harney, described as an "Aboriginal Custodian." Formally acknowledged as one of "Australia's living national treasures," Harney is recognized throughout the world as an artist of high esteem on many different stages. His art forms have the deepest roots celebrating his Wardaman Aboriginal heritage

Paul Taylor, renowned Australian storyteller and didgeridoo player, will serve as host and translator for the lecture.

The lecture series, "Aboriginal World-Wardaman Dreaming," will occur at the following locations:

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m. -- Laramie County Community College, UP Centennial Room;
Friday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m. -- University of Wyoming College of Education auditorium;
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m. -- Casper College, Durham Hall;
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m. -- Sheridan College, CTEL.

Harney's lectures are part of a statewide International Studies Scholar Lecture Series funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant the UW International Studies Program received in partnership with all seven Wyoming community colleges.

"The three-year grant, now in its second year, has built a consortium among Wyoming colleges to share a statewide speaker series focusing on a variety of global issues," says Jean Garrison, director of UW International Studies. "We also are working to enhance the international studies course offerings at the colleges, and to build new or expand upon existing international studies programs," 

The lecture series is also sponsored by the Wyoming Humanities Council.

For more detailed information about Harney's visit to Wyoming, call Jeanette Reisenburg, (307) 766-3415, or see

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