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Published February 23, 2018
The University of Wyoming’s one-day free public lecture series, featuring diverse topics from UW professors, will be offered in Jackson Saturday, March 3.
Saturday U -- the half day of college lectures and discussion -- will be at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The program begins with coffee and donuts at 8:30 a.m., followed by welcoming remarks at 8:50 a.m. The guest lectures begin at 9 a.m.
Participants may attend one, two or all three lectures. A question-and-answer session will follow the program.
“During the fall and spring terms, Saturday University visits locations throughout Wyoming discussing today’s most captivating topics,” says Saturday U Coordinator Paul Flesher, a UW religious studies professor.
In its 10th year, Saturday U is a collaborative program that connects popular UW and Wyoming community college professors with lifelong learners. Offered nine times a year -- twice each in Jackson, Gillette and Sheridan, and once in Rock Springs, Pinedale and Cody -- Saturday U is sponsored by the university, the UW Foundation and Wyoming Humanities. The program is presented locally by UW, the Wyoming Humanities Council, National Museum of Wildlife Art and Central Wyoming College-Jackson.
“Enjoy three intriguing lectures delivered by professors from the University of Wyoming,” Flesher says. “Complimentary lunch is provided, giving participants an opportunity to engage with the speakers during a roundtable discussion following the three lectures.”
Listed below are program topic descriptions and professors lecturing:
-- 9 a.m.: “Stories from the Mongolian Taiga,” by Todd Surovell, Department of Anthropology chair and archaeology professor.
Since 2012, Surovell has researched reindeer herders in Khövsgöl Province of northern Mongolia, studying their traditional ways with an eye toward developing comparative interpretations of the archaeological record of similar peoples. After spending seven months in all four seasons, he has learned much about the year-round rhythm of reindeer herders’ lives.
Surovell’s presentation will bring the audience face to face with some of the more astounding aspects of the herders’ lives on the taiga through experiences, stories and pictures, illustrating the goals, trepidations and pleasures of their lives.
-- 10:15 a.m.: “Who Gets to Drink?” by Kristi Hansen, UW Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics associate professor.
Hansen says water is a limited resource in most of the western United States, yet growing populations and environmental demands increase pressure on existing supplies.
“Who should be allowed to use it when supplies become scarcer?” Hansen asks.
She will describe how economists think about water allocation among competing users and different uses, drawing lessons for the drought-stricken Upper Colorado River Basin.
-- 11:30 a.m.: “Income Inequality: Its Effects on the USA’s Economic and Political Future,” by Rob Godby, director of UW’s Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy, and economics associate professor.
“We hear almost daily about our country’s political divide, but the United States faces an even more disruptive division, that of increasing income inequality,” Godby says. “As the economic divide has grown over the past two decades, it has enhanced the perception that America is facing a financial crisis as well as a political one.”
Godby will explain what income inequality is and examine the dynamics that have led to the current situation, while providing some hope for the future.