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Humanities Festival "Revolution"

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.”  Jim Morrison

“If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” 
 Emma Goldman

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” 
Franklin D. Roosevelt

All revolutions are, until they happen, then they are historical inevitabilities.” David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
John F. Kennedy

“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”  Dorothy Day

• Revolution •
February 25-27, 2015

Welcome to the 30th Annual Casper College Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture

The 30th annual Casper College Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture will be held February 25-27, 2015 and focus on the theme “Revolution.” Local and national scholars in the humanities such as religion, gender studies, anthropology, linguistics, music, and history will present on the theme and encourage a dialogue with attendees in one hour sessions. These sessions are free and open to the public and include a performance by the Cleo Parker Dance Company. The Festival will be held in conjunction with the Casper College Contemporary Dance Concert and the Red Stone Recital with the Harris Piano Duo. From the Agricultural Revolution to the Digital Revolution, the human effort to enact change permeates society; this event will probe revolution in a myriad of contexts from art installation to women’s suffrage.

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Sponsored by . . .
  • Casper College Foundation
  • Margaret Demorest Endowment
  • The Wyoming Intstitute for Humanities Research
  • University of Wyoming at Casper
  • The Goodstein Library at Casper College
  • Casper College Department of Theater and Dance
  • Casper College School of Fine Arts and Humanities
  • Casper College School of Health Science
  • Casper College Honors Program
  • Casper College Gender Studies Department
  • The Casper College Art Galleries

Other considerations were provided by . . .

  • The Redstone Recital Series



Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture Agenda
February 26-28, 2014

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday lectures are free and open to all.
Wednesday’s theatre production requires purchased tickets.

Friday's Redstone recital requires purchased tickets.

Natrona County Public Library, Crawford Room

  • 12:00 p.m.-1:30p.m.
  • Overthrowing Emotional Dictators: Confronting the Mindsets of Grudge Holding, Offense, and Revenge
    Cara Rodriguez, Casper College

    Many people struggle with the concept of forgiveness.  Thoughts such as “They don’t deserve to be forgiven,” “You don’t know how much they hurt me,” “They shouldn’t be let off the hook,” and “I’ll never forget” easily pop up in the mind. Ultimately, however, the refusal to forgive manifests in sapped energy, a negative outlook on life, and, often times, physical problems.  Using creative writing prompts and the discussion of specific poems, this workshop will help participants to take control of their character and their life through the revolution of forgiveness. Participants will leave the workshop with tools in hand for their continuing healing process. 

Gertrude Krampert Theatre, Casper College

  • 7:30 p.m.
    Revolution of Spirit: The Art and Culture of Wyoming
    presented by the Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance

    The life and culture of Wyoming is unique and adventurous at best. Revolution of Spirit is a dance concert highlighting the uniqueness of Wyoming's roots, culture- from cowboys to city lights, and the art that was inspired along the way. The spirit of Wyoming has always been strong and often has been at the forefront of Revolution in thinking. Experience the power of Wyoming Strong in art form as the culture and spirit of Wyoming unfolds in dance during the Contemporary Dance Concert Revolution of Spirit, the Art and Culture of Wyoming.

    Tickets for this production are:
    $12 per person
    $10 for students 5-18

Richard E. and Linda S. Wheeler Concert Hall
Enjoy music recorded by musician Gary DePaolo between sessions

  • 8:45 a.m.
    Welcome to the Casper College Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture
    Walter Nolte, Ph.D., Casper College President
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Paradigm Lost, Paradigm Regained: Gilgamesh, Hamlet, and Literary Darwinism
    The central theme of this session is how revolution can occur as simply a noticing, a refocusing, or even a remembering rather than as a sudden, violent, unprecedented shift.It will referenceGilgameshandHamletto demonstrate how biocultural theory and its sub-discipline Darwinian literary theory—arguably the most revolutionary paradigms reframing the humanities today—have been informing authors’ creations for centuries, even for millennia, before the HMSBeagleever set sail.
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Percussion is Revolution: an Interactive Sound Tapestry
    Clocks in Motion
    The program selected for Percussion is Revolution includes music by John Cage that spans a 13 year period from 1939-1952 during which Cage wrote dozens of pieces for percussion, prepared piano, toy piano, and electric instruments. Cage’s fascination with Eastern philosophies and chance procedures led him to question the very nature of what is musical and what type of sounds are acceptable for concert music. Modeled after these avant-garde principles and musical experiments, the audience will provide musical interludes which will be coached by members of Clocks in Motion in order to create the “sound tapestry” which is essential to giving the concert a cohesive flow. Each audience member is a participant and performer in this concert, making every performance a unique experience. The music and sound tapestry will occur simultaneously with Dave Alcorn's Video Composition No. 1. While the video was created for this concert,neither art form is submissive to the other; the video and music may not even be the same duration. The music and the video can exist alone, but are meant to coexist, transforming the meaning of each distinct gesture.
    Percussion is Revolution takes the principles and philosophies of Cage and updates them for the modern world by including cell phone ringtones, digital recording devices, modern percussion instruments, and internet radio. So we take liberties and we take chances, believing in Cage’s immortal words, “I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.”
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • The Unfinished Revolution
    Kevin Allen Leonard, Ph.D. Western Washington University
    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 wrought revolutionary changes in U.S. society. African American men and women from all racial and ethnic groups gained access to jobs from which they had previously been excluded, and millions of African Americans in the South gained access to the right to vote. These landmark pieces of legislation, however, did not solve all of the problems identified by civil rights activists. This talk will shed light on social revolutions by exploring the civil rights movement. It will focus on the revolutionary potential and character of local movements in towns and cities across the country, particularly in the southern United States, and it will explore connections among the civil rights movement and other social movements, such as the feminist, Chicana/o, American Indian, Asian American, and gay liberation movements.
  • 12:00 p.m.
    Jodi Youmans- Jones,Theatre and Dance Instructor Casper College
  • 12:00-1:45 p.m. Keynote Demorest Lecture
    Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
    Cleo Parker Robinson Dance is a Denver-based cultural arts institution comprised of a professional dance ensemble, year-round dance academy, and education services. CPRD programs come together to create an oasis where a varied population - by gender, race, age and ethnicity - gather to study, share, grow, celebrate and appreciate a modern, cross-cultural approach to community and personal development.
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Exploring the Causes and Effects of Modern Political Revolutions
    Erich Frankland, Political Science Instructor Casper College
    Over the past 25 years, major political revolutions around the world have led to the downfall of long-term authoritarian regimes, the remaking of political institutions and societies, and the need to reassess regional political and economic arrangements.  In particular, the revolutions against communist regimes in Eastern Europe in the 1990s and in the Middle East and North Africa in the 2010s have drawn enormous academic, political, media, and public attention.  The causes and effects of these respective revolutions will be explored in the context of the literature on revolution as well as the lessons they impart for future revolutions in the 21st century and beyond.
  • 3:00 p.m.
    Eric Unruh, Ph. D., Dean School of Fine Arts and Humanities, Casper College
  • Conner/HarrisPiano Duo: Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"
    Heather Conner and Caleb Harris, University of Utah
    Conner andHarriswill provide an overview of Stravinsky’s piece, perform selections, and dialogue with attendees. This will be a preview to the RedStone recital. Dr. Harris is currently the Utah Opera Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor as well as a Visiting Professor at the University of Utah and Dr. Conner is a Professor of Piano at the University of Utah.

Richard E. and Linda S. Wheeler Concert Hall

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • Gregorian Chant: Music for Revolutions
    Terry Gunderson, D.A.
    Revolution? Gregorian chant seems so bland and archaic. But it was not so bland that Charlemagne didn’t react when he heard it being performed improperly in his empire. Archaic? It’s not nearly as old as the chants it forcibly replaced. Frankly, it doesn’t even have that much to do with Pope Gregory, its namesake. Most of it was written long after he died. It ascendancy is a story of emperors, popes, kings, and monks. It’s a story of knights and of trials by combat and fire; of tests of God’s will and the human interpretations of those tests.
  • 10:00 a.m.
    Erich Frankland, Political Science Instructor Casper College
  • The Role of Writing in Advocacy: Exploring the Transformative Power of Story and Poetry
    Heather Frankland, M.F.A., M.P.H., Pierce College
    The relevance and necessity of story-telling and poetry is often called into question during times of conflict or with controversial issues. Yet, story-telling and poetry can be a great way to stimulate discussion, create awareness, evoke compassion, and to give an issue a face. We connect through stories. This session will address the power that can be harnessed through writing. The speaker will conclude the session with a short reading of her own work.
  • 11:00 a.m.
    Gretchen Wheeler, Communication Instructor, Casper College
    Sounds of Revolution: Song as Protest Against the Vietnam War
    Duane Fish, Ph.D., Northwest College
    Todd Gitlin characterized the sixties as "Years of Hope, Days of Rage." It was a time when dissent, discord, and the Cultural Revolution was used to fight against social and racial injustice. At the forefront of that revolution was the protest against America's involvement in Vietnam. The use of song as a means of protest was not new. Folk and gospel music had long been used as a means to express the plight of the individual. However, during the 1960's this rhetorical device made its way into the rock music and pop music. Songs of protest made its way onto the radio and the message of revolution found a wider audience as it gained popularity. This panel examines the use of song as a rhetorical device used to spread the message of revolution by focusing on the songs of protest against the Vietnam War.
  • 12:00 p.m.
  • Rights, Sentiments, Revolution! The Women’s Rights Movement of the 19th Century
    Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders, Ph.D., Casper College
    In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton inaugurated the Women’s Right Movement when she proposed to a stunned crowd: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.”  She further stunned her audience by announcing that women have the right to get an education, own property, share custody of their children, control their own wages, participate in reform movements, and vote!  She and her companions struggled for over 50 years to convince men and women that women have these rights.  
    This presentation reviews the history of the “First Wave” of the Women’s Rights Movement.  It tells the story of Stanton and her best friends and colleagues--Susan B Anthony and Matilda Joslyn Gage.  It examines their arguments—as well as the arguments hurled against them.  If revolution truly means “an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed” then these women pioneered the greatest social revolution in human history.
  • 2:00 p.m.
    Panel Discussion with The Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research
    Invited scholars Frieda Knobloch, Ph.D., Tracey Owens Patton, Ph.D., Eric Sandeen, Ph.D., and Bruce Richardson, Ph.D. will dialogue on the theme and answer attendee questions.

The Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery, Music Building

  • 6:30 p.m.
    Reception for E.K. Wimmer, The Nicolaysen Art Museum

    Reign of Terror: The French Revolution

Richard E. and Linda S. Wheeler Concert Hall

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Dr. Terry Gunderson is a past instructor of percussion at Casper College and former principal percussionist for the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. In his thirty-three years at the college he taught just about every music course that didn’t involve singing.

He earned the Doctor of Arts in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Northern Colorado, with a minor in Music Theory. He is the author the Vibraphone entry for The Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World and his method book, Guide to Solo Vibraphone, is used throughout the world.

He retired in 2011 and currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife, Patti.

Caleb Harris enjoys an active career as a pianist, conductor, chamber musician, and vocal and opera coach. He is equally at home at the keyboard and on the podium. Harris has appeared throughout the United States, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Scotland, Slovenia, and Asia at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.

He has served as instrumental and ensemble conductor and/or rehearsal pianist for the Frankfurt (Germany) Symphony, Dubrovnik Symphony (Bad Homburg, Germany), Utah Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Chamber Music Society, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, University of Northern Colorado Opera Theatre, and Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra.

Formerly a member of the piano faculty at the University of Northern Colorado, Harris is currently the Utah Opera Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor as well as a Visiting Professor at the University of Utah. In the 2013-2014 season, Harris prepared the renowned Utah Opera Chorus for the critically acclaimed Doucet/Barbe production of Puccini’s Turandot. A Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and the Eastman School of Music, he has received many honors, including a Presser Foundation Scholarship. He has studied piano extensively with Billie Jo Forney, Ronald Lewis, and Douglas Humpherys.

Cara Rodriguez holds a M.A. in poetry from the University of Wyoming and teaches English at Casper College.

She is a member of the National Association for Poetry Therapy and focuses her work around identity, compassion, forgiveness, and community. She has presented Understanding Identity in Distance Education for South University faculty (2011), Identity, Compassion, and Forgiveness: Critical Thinking Processes for Discovering the Heart of Opposing Opinions at the Hawaiian International Conference on Education (2012), and co-presented Cultivating Resilience: Poems, Passages, and Practices to Move Beyond Shame at the National Association of Poetry Therapy conference (2013).

2015 Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture Committee  
  • Amber Battista Olson
  • Richard Burk
  • Joseph Campbell, Ph.D.
  • Cindy Grafton
  • Lisa Icenogle
  • Valerie Inella Maiers, Ph.D. Chair
  • Lance Jones
  • Pam Jones
  • Gretchen Wheeler
  • Evelyn Miller
  • Sue Moore
  • Rebecca Nolte
  • Maya Russell, J.D.
  • Carmen Springer-Davis
  • Holly Turner
  • Bridget Veuthier
  • Georgia Wheatley

Continuing Education Units:

For information and registration to attend the Humanities Festival for Continuing Education Units please contact:

Sarah Schneider CCT
The Center for Training and Development
Gateway Building, 408E
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601
(307) 268-3847

Appreciation List, Humanities Festival 2015

  • Casper College Bookstore
  • Casper College Theater Box Office
  • Casper College Office of Public Relations
  • Casper Journal
  • Casper Star-Tribune
  • Larry Burger
  • Kathy Coe
  • Carolyn Deuel
  • Arlis Handeland
  • Sarah Neubauer
  • Holly Hills
  • Lisa Icenogle
  • Laura Lucero
  • Michael McLemore
  • Dr. Walter and Rebecca Nolte
  • Kathleen Nottingham
  • Justin Pehrson
  • Todd Wykert
  • Town Square Media
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