Casper College Humanities Festival

Friday, Feb 19, 2021 at 9:00am

Various Locations in Casper
Casper, WY 82601

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The 36th annual Casper College Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture will be held February 17-19, 2021 and will focus on the theme “Celebration / Milestones.” Invited presenters in various disciplines from social sciences, such as anthropology and history, to the fine arts, such as music performance, will explore the theme and encourage a dialogue with attendees.

Schedule of Events:

9:00 am

Transitions in Political Power: Celebrations and Controversies — Erich Frankland

Transitions in political power in the United States and other countries often bring about feelings of elation, dismay, victory, deep loss, and others.  The need to balance the celebration of the transition, such as the inauguration of a new American president, with the potential controversies of election perceptions, senses of alienation and exclusion, and the elevation of pomp over substance is an important political tightrope to walk in every country.

Location: Casper College Music Building, Wheeler Concert Hall

10:00 am

The Discovery and Celebration of the Neutrino — Joshua R. Mietz, D.M.A. and Barry Smith, Ph.D.

Throughout human history, mankind has sought to understand and celebrate the universe through his use of art and science. This remains true today. The Discovery and Celebration of the Neutrino provides a musical portrayal and an historical background of one the smallest and least understood particles of matter. This presentation will feature clarinet performance by Joshua R. Mietz and lecture by Barry Smith.

Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building

11:00 am

September Dreams Artist Talk, related exhibition in the Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery, Music BuildingSacrosanct Soil” — Christopher Paden

This sculptural installation is a celebration of one of our talented graduates of the Casper College Visual Arts Department. Paden’s artist statement reveals, “September Dreams began in 2016, as I set out on my first solo hunting elk trip. I backpacked in a few miles, set up my camp and spent the next four days and four nights sitting wallows and chasing bugles. It wasn’t long before I began visualizing art in everything my eyes met.”

Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building

11:30 am

Celebration: 35th anniversary of the Casper College Theater and Dance Department — Richard Burk


The Future of Water in Wyoming: Global Warming, Drought and How Wyoming Can Protect Its Water — Mark Jenkins, Friday Demorest Keynote

In November I am rafting the Grand Canyon, a glorious three-week adventure. Much of the water in the Grand Canyon comes from Wyoming, which is a problem. The Colorado River Compact requires Wyoming to send the majority of its water to other states. When this agreement was signed, in 1922, it was based on precipitation data that has radically changed in the past century. Over 90% of Wyoming water comes from surface runoff—essentially melting snowpack. In the past 50 years, Wyoming’s snowpack has diminished by 30% to 50% and this decline is predicted to continue. The 100 glaciers in the Wind River Mountains, that feed the Green River, that feeds the Colorado River, are all expected to vanish by 2050. Water is one of Wyoming’s most precious resources. We all need to understand the issues and find solutions.

Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building

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