Humanities Festival Schedule | Casper College, Wyoming

Humanities Festival Schedule

Enjoy these free book discussions prior to and during the festival:

The Natrona County Public Library and Goodstein Foundation Library book clubs and movie night

Feb. 2
  • 6:30 p.m. — NCPL Fforde’s “The Eyre Affair,” “Big Over Easy,” and “The Last Dragon Slayer”
Feb. 8
  • 6:30 p.m. — GFL Seagle’s “It’s a Bird”
Feb. 15
  • 6:30 p.m. — GFL Mehl-Madrona’s “Coyote Medicine”
Feb. 23
  • 4 p.m. — NCPL Family Movie Night – “Moana” 
  • 5:45 p.m. — Q & A with Jared Bush and Steven Seagle
  • 6:30 p.m. — “Big Hero 6”

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Noon

“Finding Your Own Creative Voice”

  • Location: Goodstein Visual Arts Center, Room 102, Casper College
  • Presented by: Maria Rose Wimmer
  • The pressure to have a unique and creative voice as an artist is real. Artists can often become stuck in unproductive thought cycles which effectively block their own inventiveness. Participants will be guided through a series of exercises to help them find confidence in their own creative style. Additionally, attendees will be given ideas and practices to nurture their individual artistic style, and then find the best methods to share their work.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

10 a.m.

Living Library

  • Location: Goodstein Foundation Library, Casper College
  • Living Libraries present a simple concept in a profound way – instead of checking out a book and reading its story, you are invited to borrow a person and have a meaningful conversation about their story. Participants should expect to encounter perspectives they have never before considered, viewpoints which differ from their own, and life experiences that may challenge their own ways of thinking. Arrive early and visit the circulation desk on the second floor for a list of available books. The 15-minute sessions will begin promptly at 10 a.m. A light lunch will be provided during the Living Library event for both books and readers. For more information go to libguides.caspercollege.edu/events/livinglibrary.
Noon

“Fairy Tales, Fables, and Food”

  • Location: Goodstein Foundation Library Classroom, Casper College
  • Presented by: Pam Jones
  • Food is a common denominator in fairy tales and fables where a pumpkin becomes a magical coach for Cinderella, an enticing red apple is detrimental for Snow White, and a tiny pea makes for an uncomfortable slumber for a princess. This dual presentation will explore food as an allegory for human relationships, wishes, and needs. Later, a cooking class will use the stories’ main ingredients to enhance the theme for the stomach and heart.
1 p.m.

“Of Mice and Knights: The Quest for Heroic Identity in Children’s Literature”

  • Location: Goodstein Foundation Library Classroom, Casper College
  • Presented by: Amanda Anderson, Ph.D. 
  • The mouse knight is a paradox; he is the smallest and meekest of creatures assuming the role of brave defender. However, mice are the perfect protagonists to explore the boundaries of childhood. Transforming the medieval knight into a mouse makes the knights’ actions more improbable and wondrous, while also critiquing the social order where the meek must take up arms against injustice and the society that finds it absurd that they do so.
2 p.m.

“Fables, Folklore, Fantasy, and Food Culinary Class”

  • Location: Goodstein Foundation Library Classroom, Casper College
  • Presented by: Pam Jones
  • Building on her earlier presentation, Jones will host a how-to cooking demonstration in the Walter H. Nolte Gateway Center Kitchen with samples of recipes provided. This session is limited to 25 persons in the Gateway Kitchen, so please pre-register by calling Valerie Innella Maiers at 307-268-2060. Additional attendees can view the cooking demo via live stream in the Goodstein Foundation Library Classroom.
2 p.m.

“Soft Sculpture: Creating Pattern and Form with Textiles”

  • Location: Goodstein Visual Arts Center, Room 102, Casper College
  • Presented by: Meghan Rowswell
  • Discover the basics of textile construction including fabric types, sewing seams, and creating patterns. Participants will be introduced to different fabric stiffening techniques and wire armature construction. The workshop will culminate in the creation of a small hand-sewn sculpture that explores some of the methods for texture creation. This session is limited to 20 participants so please pre-register by calling Valerie Innella Maiers at 307-268-2060.
6 p.m.

Jasper Fforde book signing, sponsored by Wind City Books

  • Location: Natrona County Public Library

Thursday, Feb. 22

Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building, Casper College

8:45 a.m.

Flute Society

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building, Casper College
  • Flute Society members: Jaydin Peters, Thomas Red Hawk. Joel Thunder Hawk, Mariah Fire Thunder, Myra Slow Bear, Maya Back, Mercedes Iron Cloud, Tamekia Walking Eagle, Gia Apple, Tranna, Thunder Hawk, Morning Star Rowland, and faculty sponsor Will Peters
9 a.m.

“Coyote Medicine”

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building, Casper College
  • Presented by: Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona
  • 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. Mehl-Madrona has been writing about the use of imagery and narrative in healing since the 1980s. Mehl-Madrona is certified in psychiatry, geriatrics, and family medicine. His research collaborations include work on various psychological conditions, issues of psychology during birthing, nutritional approaches to autism and diabetes, and the use of healing circles to improve overall health outcomes. Book signing to follow in the Jean D. and H.A. (Dave) True, Jr. Atrium, located in the Music Building. 
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Location: Goodstein Foundation Library, Casper College
  • The Casper College Tabletop Gaming Club will host informational and practical sessions related to fantasy and science fiction games such as “Dungeons and Dragons, 5th edition;” “Shadowrun;” “Munchkin;” and “Magic: The Gathering.”
11:30 a.m.

“Margaret Demorest’s ‘The Value of Values’ ”

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building, Casper College
  • Presented by: Dr. Audrey Cotherman
  • 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.” 
11:45 a.m.

Jasper Fforde

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building, Casper College
  • 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. Among Fforde’s output are police procedurals featuring nursery rhyme characters; a series for young adults about magic and dragons set in a shabby world of failing magical powers; and “Shades of Grey” a post-apocalyptic dystopia set three world orders into the future, where social hierarchy is based on the colors you can see. Book signing to follow in the Jean D. and H.A. (Dave) True, Jr. Atrium, located in the Music Building. 
2 p.m.

Barbara Bragg

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building, Casper College
  • To be a Bragg is to tell the family stories in your own way. Bragg took to the theater at a young age and, as such, was entrusted with furthering the family legacy. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah and a master’s degree at Yale University before going to New York City, where she worked on off-Broadway productions. She has lived in Los Angeles since 1995, working as a writer, actor, and producer. Bringing her father, Bill Bragg, Jr’s., work to the stage has been a longtime dream. She previously wrote and acted in a solo performance of “The Ten Sleep Mail,” one of his short stories.
4 p.m.

“Ghosts, Sixes, Dolls, and Hosts: On the Literary Architecture and Use Value of Posthumanist and Transhumanist Science Fiction”

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building, Casper College
  • Presented by: Joseph Campbell, Ph.D.
  • Science fiction, mostly untaught at the postsecondary level, explores questions of what it means to be a human in an age where we’ve almost reached artificial intelligence, and mechanical prosthetics are almost outpatient surgeries. It is a useful and important genre for considering the problems of empathy and identity in the posthumanist/transhumanist world to come. Here we will discuss why teachers and students could benefit from bringing these texts into the classroom space.
7:30 p.m.

“A Rock n’ Roll Fantasy”

  • Location: Barbara R. and Leland F. Scifers Dance Theatre, Gertrude Krampert Center for Theater and Dance, Casper College
  • Experience and relive the beat, rhythm, and thematic drive of a rock and roll concept album through eclectic and high energy dance! Tickets available at caspercollegearts.cc

Friday, February 23

9 a.m.

Steven T. Seagle

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building, Casper College
  • 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. With Man of Action, Seagle has also created the series “Generator Rex” and the forthcoming “Mega Man,” both for Cartoon Network, and previously developed and executive produced Disney XD’s “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” and “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble.” Their newest creation, “Zak Storm,” recently premiered on Netflix.
  • Book signing to follow, in the Jean D. and H.A. (Dave) True, Jr. Atrium, located in the Music Building. 
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Location: Goodstein Foundation Library, Casper College
  • The Casper College Tabletop Gaming Club will host informational and practical sessions related to fantasy and science fiction games such as “Dungeons and Dragons, 5th edition;” “Shadowrun;” “Munchkin;” and “Magic: The Gathering.”
10:30 a.m.

Jared Bush

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building, Casper College
  • 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.” 
12:30 p.m.

“Spooky Action at a Distance” by Maria Rose Wimmer and Meghan Rowswell

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building, Casper College
  • Quantum entanglement is a theory of quantum mechanics wherein the properties of two individual particles or systems cannot be expressed independently. Knowing the state of one, we can infer the state of the other. Interestingly, the choice of measurement of one particle appears to affect the properties of the other even across vast distances. This would seem to require transmission of information faster than the speed of light. Missouri-based artist Meghan Rowswell and Wyoming-based artist Maria Rose Wimmer visually interpret this phenomenon, which was first described by Einstein as “Spooky Action Theory.”
1 p.m.

RedStone Recital: “The Fantastic in Poetry and Song” 

  • Featuring Adam Ewing, lyric baritone, and Adriana Teodoro-Dier, piano
  • The themes of fables, folklore, and fantasy have long been favorites of both poets and composers. This recital is an exploration of these themes in art song, including animal fables by Charles Lecoq and Irving Fine, German balladen by Carl Loewe, and concert settings of American folk songs by Steven Mark Kohn.