Saturday University in Pinedale Sept. 16
Professors from the University of Wyoming came to Pinedale and made presentations. Photo by Mindi Crabb.
A young moose enjoyed the Library lawn just outside the large picture window of the Lovatt Room during Saturday University. Photo by Mindi Crabb.
Saturday University Social
The Museum of the Mountain Man was host Friday, Sept. 15th for an evening social for speakers from the University of Wyoming for 'Saturday University' in Pinedale. UW Faculty Director Paul Flesher, along with Caroline McCracken-Flesher, Mark Gomelsky, and Robert Kelly were guest speakers for the free one-day college education session at the Pinedale Library. Photo by Dawn Ballou.
Original post September 12, 2017 | Updated September 17, 2017
Everyone is invited to a one-day college education session in the Lovatt Room of the Pinedale Library on Saturday, Sept. 16th. Saturday University is sponsored by the University of Wyoming, and the WY Humanities Council, the Sublette County Library and Sublette BOCES. There will be presentations followed by a roundtable discussion with speakers over FREE lunch. Doors open at 8:30AM for coffee and donuts, SU starts at 9:00AM.
Doors open at 8:30 AM for coffee and donuts.
9:00 AM How Synthetic Biology Will Change Medicine... And Us
Mark Gomelsky, Professor of Molecular Biology, University of Wyoming
Biology is rapidly becoming an engineering science. Genes—the units of life—can now be added to existing organisms and edited in the existing organisms. In the near future new cells will be created with an assortment of desired properties. That means we can change genetic programs in animals and humans. But will Synthetic Biology benefit or harm humanity? In this talk about the coming BioRevolution, Dr. Gomelsky will describe Synthetic Biology and address the philosophical and ethical questions it engenders. He will describe how his laboratory’s research enhances the utility and safety of designer cells, and how it creates new therapeutic opportunities.
10:15 AM Writing the Way West: Authors in America
Caroline McCracken-Flesher, Professor of English, University of Wyoming
Nineteenth-century writers imagined the west as virgin territory. Robert Louis Stevenson, riding the rails across Wyoming, was disappointed; Oscar Wilde wittily saw only himself—reflected in every prospect. Other explorers in literature and in land, from Walter Scott to John Wesley Powell, had already written over the west. Join Caroline McCracken-Flesher to relive this race through the landscape, chasing the language that can speak for our expanse of rocks, rivers, and precious few trees.
11:30 AM The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us About the Future
Robert Kelly, Professor of Anthropology, University of Wyoming
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.