Seminar to look at power and perils of protest

By: Lisa S. Icenogle
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“The Power and Perils of Protest in American Politics” is the topic for this year’s Casper College Constitution Day Seminar Sept. 14, 15, and 17. All seminar events are free and open to the public.

The seminar will begin Monday evening at 6 with the Casper College Forensics team, the Talking T-Birds, debating on “Limits to Protest.” The event will be moderated by Doug Hall, director of forensics and communications instructor. The debate will be held in the Sharon J. Nichols Auditorium, Rm. 160 in the Doris and Neil McMurry Career Center.

On Tuesday, the documentary “American Experience: The Vote” will be screened, followed by a discussion led by Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders, Ph.D., Casper College history instructor. The presentation will take place in the Wheeler Auditorium, Room 103 in the Wold Physical Science Center.

On Thursday, the seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Brandon Kosine, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs, Pete van Houten, Ph.D., dean of the school of social and behavioral science, and Erich Frankland, political science instructor.

Lovercheck-Saunders will speak on “Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the ‘First Wave’ of the Women’s Rights Movement” at 9.

At 9:30, Bri Weigel, communications instructor, and Jason Charrette, Ph.D., political science instructor, will present “Social Media and Political Protest.”

Art Washut, criminal justice instructor, and Keith McPheeters, chief of the Casper Police Department, will talk on “Protests, Riots and Public Safety” at 10.

Kelly Walsh High School student Meeshla Bovee will present “Youth Mobilization and Protest: A Casper Perspective at 10:30.

“The Constitutionality of Protest: Key Supreme Court Cases” will be presented at 11 by Heather Lloyd, J.D., criminal justice and law instructor.

At 11:30, Gavin Heady, University of Wyoming student, will speak on “The Powers and Perils of Presentation: A Linguistic Analysis of Standing Rock” at 11:30.

Keynote speaker Edward Stigall Jr. will speak on “Applying Social Justice to Black Lives Matter” at 1 p.m. Stigall, a longtime counselor, civil rights activist, and community volunteer currently serves as a family case manager with the Indiana Department of Child Services.

The day will conclude with a presentation of the documentary “The March” which tells the story of the 1963 march on Washington D.C. A discussion will follow led by Nathan Blank, Ph.D., political science instructor. The presentation will take place in the Wheeler Auditorium, Room 103 in the Wold Physical Science Center.

All Thursday seminar events, with the exception of the film showing at 6 p.m., will take place in the Wheeler Concert Hall in the Music Building.

The 2020 Constitution Day Seminar is sponsored by the Casper College School of Social and Behavioral Science, the Central Wyoming Board of Cooperative Educational Services — BOCES, and Casper College.



Media contact: Lisa S. Icenogle

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