For just a morning you can go back to college.

The Saturday U program, a series of lectures by college professors, will bring three programs to Jackson in partnership with the University of Wyoming, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Central Wyoming College and the Wyoming Humanities Council. Eight years later, programming has been extended throughout the state for fall and spring events including Jackson, Rock Springs, Gillette, Pinedale and Sheridan.

The morning of lectures returns to Jackson on Saturday at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

This year Dr. Todd Surovell’s lecture will bring audience members face-to-face with unique aspects of the herders’ life on the taiga through experiences, stories and pictures. Dr. Kristi Hansen will discuss water availability and water allocation among competing users and different uses, with a close examination of the Upper Colorado Basin. Dr. Rob Godby will explain what income inequality is and examine the dynamics that have led to the current situation, and hopeful possibilities for the future.

The University of Wyoming’s outreach program has been welcomed with open arms by the communities, according to Emy DiGrappa, event organizer.

“People really appreciate the diverse programming we’re bringing to the community,” DiGrappa said. “This is an opportunity for lifelong learning. It’s meant to be outreach for the university and for all the counties in Wyoming to familiarize themselves with the university’s scholars.”

Audiences vary depending on the topic, but there are regular attendees.

“We have a good following that attend every year and term because of the quality of the programming,” DiGrappa said.

The morning starts at 8:30 a.m. with a reception; lectures start at 9 a.m. Following the lectures there will be a free lunch and a discussion with the presenters.

Dr. Surovell, professor of archaeology and chairman of the UW Anthropology Department, will present his research with reindeer herders in Khovsgol Province of Mongolia.

The second professor to speak will be Dr. Hansen, associate professor of agricultural and applied economics. She will talk about the limits on water supplies in most of the western United States.

The final presentation will be by Dr. Godby, associate professor of economics and director of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy. Dr. Godby will throw a spotlight on increasing income inequality.

The presentations include a spectrum of subjects each time Saturday U comes to town. Professors and their independent works are recommended to Paul V. M. Flesher, Ph.D., professor of religious studies and director of the Saturday University program. Flesher vets the research and speakers through a series of recommendations made by colleagues. 

Contact Tibby Plasse via entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

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