2018 Humanities Festival: Feb. 20-23 | Casper College, Wyoming

2018 Humanities Festival: Feb. 20-23

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Continuing education credits:

Continuing education credits or PTSB credits arranged by:
The Center for Training and Development
Sarah Schneider CCT, Nolte Gateway Center 408E
125 College Dr., Casper, WY 82601

Welcome to the 33rd Annual Casper College Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture

Local and national scholars in the humanities — such as art history, literature, music, and history  will present on the theme "Fables, Folklore and Fantasy" and encourage a dialogue with attendees in one-hour sessions.


Admission to the festival and related events:

Most festival sessions are free and open to the public with the exception of

Sign language interpreter available upon request, 307-268-2060.

Featured presentations:

Thursday, February 22

Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, "Coyote Medicine"

9-11 a.m.

Lewis E. Mehl-Madrona, Ph.D., is the author of the "Coyote" trilogy. His work discusses healing practices from Lakota, Cherokee, and Cree traditions, and how they intersect with conventional medicine, via a social constructionist model. Book signing to follow in the Jean D. and H.A. (Dave) True, Jr. Atrium, located in the Music Building.

"Margaret Demorest's 'The Value of Values'"

11:30 a.m.

Dr. Audrey Cotherman, author of "A Pinch of Salt: Flavoring Life in Wyoming," will explore Margaret Demorest's "Essay Toward Understanding: The Value of Values" from the Wyoming Humanities Council publication "Humanisphere."

Jasper Fforde, author

11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Jasper Fforde spent 20 years in the film business before debuting on the New York Times Bestseller list with "The Eyre Affair" in 2001. Since then he has written another 12 novels. Fforde's writing is an eclectic mix of genres, which might be described as a joyful blend of comedy-sci-fi-thriller-crime-satire. On Wednesday, February 21, 2018 there will be a book signing at the Natrona Public Library, sponsored by Wind City Books.

Friday, February 23

Steven T. Seagle, film director and screenwriter

9-10:30 a.m.

Steven T. Seagle is a co-founder of the bi-coastal collective Man of Action Entertainment, creators of the global franchise "BEN 10" on Cartoon Network with Seagle as an executive producer and story editor, and "Big Hero 6" for which he co-created the original team and characters featured in Disney/Marvel's Academy Award®-winning feature. Book signing to follow in the Jean D. and H.A. (Dave) True, Jr. Atrium, located in the Music Building.

Jared Bush, film director and screenwriter

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Jared Bush is a director and screenwriter at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He served as co-director and co-screenwriter of the Oscar®-winning feature "Zootopia" as well as screenwriter of the Oscar®-nominated feature "Moana," making him the first writer to have written two Academy Award®-nominated animated features in the same year. Bush is also a member of the Walt Disney Animation Studios Story Trust team, a group of directors and writers who help develop every studio feature, including Academy Award winners "Big Hero 6" and "Frozen."