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February 15, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Campbell County Public Library
2101 S. 4-J Road
Gillette, WY 82718
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Saturday University on Thursday at CCPL

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Enjoy three intriguing lectures delivered by professors from the University of Wyoming. The American Problem by Arielle Zibrak, UW-Casper; Chinese-American Relations by Jean Garrison, UW; New Infectious Diseases by R. Scott Seville, UW-Casper

Saturday University on Thursday at Campbell County Public Library

Campbell County Public Library (CCPL) is pleased to host Saturday University on Thursday, February 15 starting at 5:30pm with a light meal. CCPL is honored to be partnering with the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Humanities Council, Wyoming community colleges, and Wyoming communities for this even that will feature three intriguing lectures delivered by professors from the University of Wyoming.

The American Problem: James Weldon Johnson’s “Art Approach” to Politics
Arielle Zibrak, Assistant Professor of English, University of Wyoming, UW-Casper
What are the ethics of cultural appropriation? What place does cultural history hold in debates about politics? Dr. Arielle Zibrak of the University of Wyoming Department of English and UW Casper will discuss the work and philosophies of James Weldon Johnson, one of the key authors of the Harlem Renaissance and the NAACP. Touching on histories of literature, music, and dance, Zibrak will connect Johnson’s ideas about race and culture to issues that continue to challenge us today.

Chinese-American Relations in the Trump Era: Cooperation, Confrontation or Crisis?
Jean Garrison, Director, Center for Global Studies; Professor of International Studies and Political Science, University of Wyoming
China’s economic rise and growing activism in East Asia bring new challenges to American interests and allies in the Asia-Pacific region. Increasing instability in the region posed by the territorial disputes in the South China Sea and the provocation of North Korean missile tests further complicate the relationship. This talk will evaluate the current state of Sino-American relations and the tools available to the Trump administration, and future American leaders, to manage how it evolves.

New Infectious Diseases in a Changing World: Should Wyoming Worry?
R. Scott Seville, Professor of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, UW-Casper
In recent years, several scares have appeared in the news media about new diseases with horrible symptoms. Ebola, SARS, West Nile Virus, H1N1 Influenza, Chronic Wasting Disease have all made headlines in the last few years. Scientists call these maladies Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). These are illnesses that have recently appeared or those whose frequency or geographic range is rapidly increasing. However, the reality is that infectious diseases have been emerging and re-emerging for millennia and only recently, due to various global changes, are likely to be increasing. What are the factors that are leading to this increase and how might the future of Wyoming and its communities be affected?