Saturday U to focus on American-Chinese relations

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SHERIDAN — Three separate discussions touching on American-Chinese relations, race and culture and infectious diseases are planned for the University of Wyoming’s one-day free public lecture series in Sheridan Saturday.

Saturday U — the half day of college lectures and discussion — will be at the Whitney Academic Center on the Sheridan College campus. The program begins with coffee and donuts at 8:30 a.m., followed by welcoming remarks at 8:50 a.m. The guest lectures begin at 9 a.m.

Participants may attend one, two or all three lectures. A free lunch and question-and-answer session will follow the program at 12:30 p.m.

In its 10th year, Saturday U is a collaborative program that connects popular UW and Wyoming community college professors with lifelong learners. Offered nine times a year — twice each in Jackson, Gillette and Sheridan, and once in Rock Springs, Pinedale and Cody — Saturday U is sponsored by the university, the UW Foundation and Wyoming Humanities. The program is presented locally by UW, Wyoming Humanities and Sheridan College/Northern Wyoming Community College District.

The following are topic descriptions and information about the professors lecturing:

• 9 a.m.: “Chinese-American Relations in the Trump Era: Cooperation, Confrontation or Crisis?” by Jean Garrison, UW Center for Global Studies director and international studies and political science professor. Garrison’s 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.

• 10:15 a.m.: “The American Problem: James Weldon Johnson’s ‘Art Approach’ to Politics,” presented by Arielle Zibrak, Department of English assistant professor at UW-Casper. Zibrak will discuss the work and philosophies of 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 U.S. citizens today.

• 11:30 a.m.: “New infectious diseases in a changing world: Should Wyoming worry?” presented by Scott Seville, Department of Zoology and Physiology professor at UW-Casper. In the last few years, several incidents have appeared in the media about new diseases with horrible symptoms, such as Ebola, SARS, West Nile virus, H1N1 influenza and chronic wasting disease. Scientists call these maladies emerging infectious diseases, Seville said. He will discuss the factors that are leading to this increase and how it might affect the future of Wyoming communities.

For more information, call Flesher at (307) 766-2616 or email For more information about Saturday U, see the website at

Sheridan College is located at 1 Whitney Way.

By |February 13th, 2018|

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