Saturday University

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When? 02/08/2014 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Category(ies) Sheridan College

Go back to college for a day – minus the tests, stress and homework – with three professors from the University of Wyoming who will enlighten and entertain with lectures during Saturday University: The Free One-Day College Education on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Attend one, two or all three Saturday University lectures from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Sheridan College’s Whitney Presentation Hall. There is no pre-registration necessary and the lectures are free and open to the public.  The day wraps up with a free lunch and conversation as the professors explore links among their topics.

8:30-8:45 a.m. Free coffee & donuts

8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcome & opening remarks

9:00-10:00 a.m. The Thinking Animal: A Look at Comparative Psychology in the 21st Century by 
Dr. Rachel Kristiansen, Sheridan College

Do animals think? Do some animals think like humans, at least a little bit? If so, what can studying these animals reveal about how humans think? Dr. Kristiansen will explore these questions as she describes how animals perceive their world and how they learn from it by examining the ways they use tools, count and communicate. Learn about the exciting new field of animal psychology and its future benefits.

10:15-11:15 a.m.  Making it Home: Landscape Photographs in the Nineteenth-Century West by Dr. Rachel Sailor, Department of Art History, University of Wyoming

Photographs of the Old West fill archives and special collections across America, but they are often overlooked outside the region where they were taken. Cumulatively, these photographs can tell much more than the details of a town or homestead; they reveal that the camera was a settlement tool and that people used photographs to capture a sense of (their) place and of themselves within it.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Biodiversity Inside and Out: A Look at Life’s Richness from Wyoming’s Perspective by Dr. Benjamin S. Rashford, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wyoming

Waterfowl management and conservation in America is a success story of the North American wildlife conservation model – a globally unique model that manages wildlife as a public resource, using science, and largely funded by hunters.  Since 1846, hunters have played a critical role in developing and financing nearly every major waterfowl management and conservation initiative. But can this continue? Complex forces, from demographic shifts and agricultural policy, to economics and climate change, cast an increasingly dark shadow over the future of waterfowl conservation.

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch & Discussion

Join us for a free lunch, round-table discussion and audience question and answer session in the atrium of the Whitney Academic Center.

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 Sheridan College.

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