2020 Humanities Festival Schedule

Tuesday, February 18

5 p.m.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” book club discussion

  • Location: Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre in the Gertrude Krampert Theatre
  • Moderated by Georgia Wheatley, gender studies program director, with student performers from the Casper College production.
  • “The Yellow Wallpaper,” written in 1892 by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, illustrates early beliefs surrounding the mental and physical health of women.
  • Books are available at the Natrona County Library second floor desk on a first come, first served basis.

Wednesday, February 19

10 a.m.-noon

Living Library

  • Location: Goodstein Foundation Library
  • “Living Libraries,” “Human Libraries,” or “Living Book Libraries” are all names for similar projects — libraries where instead of checking out a traditional book and reading its story, you borrow a person and have a conversation about their story. The purpose of the “Living Library” is to promote conversation, encourage understanding, and foster a culture of inclusivity. Participants should expect to encounter perspectives they have never before considered, viewpoints different from their own, and life experiences that may challenge their own ways of thinking, all within a safe and positive atmosphere at the Goodstein Foundation Library. Refreshments will be provided during the “Living Library” event for both “books” and “readers.” Readers need to register at the circulation desk, second floor, for books.

“Alice and Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story” book club discussion

  • Location: Library Classroom, Goodstein Foundation Library
  • Ron Franscell, author
  • Alice and Gerald Uden were living happily ever after with a dark secret — actually four dark secrets. For decades, Wyoming investigators struggled to connect their murderous dots, all in vain. Ron Franscell tells the grim story and its final surprising twist with 40 years of police records, more than 100 interviews, and his personal conversations with a killer.
5 p.m.

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra featuring Richard Turner and Friends

  • Location: The Nicolaysen Art Museum, McMurry Foundation Gallery
5:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion “Mystery, Mayhem, and Madness in Visual Art”

  • Location: The Nicolaysen Art Museum, McMurry Foundation Gallery
  • The artists’ panel consists of Ginny Butcher, Linda Ryan, Elaine Henry, Karen Henneck, and Leah Hardy. Moderator: Holly Turner, Wyoming Arts Council board member

Thursday, February 20

9:30 a.m.

“What Hath Capote Wrought?” — Ron Franscell

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building
  • What happens when a writer tells an utterly true story using devices from the fiction-writer’s toolbox? It’s a technique pioneered in the first modern true crime, a “nonfiction novel” called “In Cold Blood.” An Edgar nominated crime writer — and Wyoming native — explores the entangled histories of true-crime books and literary nonfiction, up to and including his own narrative writing as a Denver Post journalist and author of two bestselling, true accounts about wicked Wyoming crimes.
10:30 a.m.

“The Music of Mayhem and Madness: German Expressionism and World War I” — Zachary Vreeman, DMA

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building
  • In the early 20th century, some German composers threw off traditional compositional rules in order to depict pure, often frightening emotions in their music. Extending the intense chromaticism of Wagner, Wolf, and Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg and his students abandoned tonality altogether. The resulting atonal soundscape provided the perfect medium to represent the tortured psyches of the characters they depicted, and some blamed the extreme, unfettered emotion in this music as partially to blame for the atrocities of World War I.

Demorest Keynote: Arielle Zibrak, Ph.D.“Believing Women: Madness and Misogyny in American Fiction”

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building
  • Arielle Zibrak will consider a history of the gaslighting of women in the United States, examining how feminist writers challenged the notion of “hysteria” — a medical diagnosis that posited women were incapable of reason. Using well-known fiction like Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s feminist touchstone “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892) as well as lesser-known works that were nevertheless popular in their own time such as Madeline Yale Wynne’s 1895 short story “The Little Room” alongside journalistic reports and medical histories, she will connect the nineteenth-century struggle to fight this persistent misogynistic discourse to the present-day movement #believewomen that grew out of #metoo protests against sexual abuse and the gaslighting of its victims.
2 p.m.

“The Madness of Dystopia” — Joseph Campbell, Ph.D.

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building
  • Every dystopia represents someone’s idea of utopia taken to an extreme. Dystopian literature encourages readers to look critically at the madness of power structures taken too far. Books such as “1984,” “Brave New World,” and “Fahrenheit 451,” as well as those intended for teens such as “The Hunger Games” and “The Wave,” warn us about — and help us to explore — what society and government gone mad would look like.
7:30 p.m.

Casper College Department of Theater and Dance presents “The Yellow Wallpaper”

  • Location: Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre, Gertrude Krampert Theatre
  • “The Yellow Wallpaper,” written in 1892 by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, illustrates early beliefs surrounding the mental and physical health of women. Choreographer Aaron M. Wood is adapting this written work into an original evening-length dance performance. “The Yellow Wallpaper,” a dance adaptation, is an emotionally charged and darkly humorous examination of an isolated woman’s state of reality. Through the intertwining of dance, theater, and multimedia elements, audiences will find themselves accompanying a woman as she restlessly rips through her delicate papier mâché identity.

Friday, February 21

9 a.m.

“Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ in Song: A Modern Folk Opera” — Joe Goodkin

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building
  • Joe Goodkin will give a musical retelling of Homer’s “The Odyssey” through the performance of 24 original songs with lyrics inspired by Odysseus’ famous exploits. The program represents, in a contemporary musical mode, both the abridged plot and the performance circumstances of Homer’s original oral composition.
10 a.m.

“Saucy Jack in Whitechapel: The Crimes of Jack the Ripper” — Lance D. Jones

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building
  • In 1888 an unknown killer terrorized the Whitechapel district of London, brutally murdering a number of sex workers. The police couldn’t catch him, the public was fascinated, and he disappeared as suddenly as he arrived. Who was he? Rumors that he was a doctor, a butcher, or even a member of the Royal family flew then and continue to fly now. Come walk through the fog in search of Jack the Ripper.
11 a.m.

“Sacrosanct Soil” — Shawn Bush

  • Location: Wheeler Concert Hall, Music Building
  • Working with photography, collage, paint, and sculpture, “Sacrosanct Soil” chronicles the relationship between man-made and natural landscapes throughout the continental United States. By overlaying and collaging his own photographic materials that span the past 10 years, Bush uses tropes of photographic representation to create associations with pop culture and advertising imagery, opening up possibilities for individual interpretations to be made.

Gallery Reception for the “Sacrosanct Soil” exhibition

  • Location: Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery

Saturday, February 22

1-4 p.m.

Family Afternoon of Mystery, Madness, and Mayhem with a Movie

  • Location: Natrona County Library, Crawford Room
  • 1 p.m.: Movie = “Jumanji” (1995), pizza will be served
  • 3-4 p.m.: Craft = Monkey masks and binoculars