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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

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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 RedStone 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.

This event is sponsored by in partnership with the Wyoming Humanities Council and support from:

  • 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

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Other considerations were provided by . . .

  • The Redstone Recital Series


Humanities Festival and Demorest Lecture Agenda
February 25-27, 2015

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday lectures are free and open to all.
Both Wednesday's theatre production and Friday's RedStone recital require purchased tickets.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Casper College, Goodstein Foundation Library
Noon-1:30 p.m. Cara Rodriguez, Casper College
Overthrowing Emotional Dictators: Confronting the Mindsets of Grudge Holding, Offense, and Revenge
Many people struggle with the concept of forgiveness. Thoughts such as “They don’t deserve to be forgiven” and “I’ll never forget” easily come to 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.

Krampert Theater, Casper College
7:30 p.m. Revolution of Spirit: The Art and Culture of Wyoming directed and choreographed by Jodi Youmans-Jones and presented by the Casper College
Department of Theater and DanceThe 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 and culture, from cowboys to city lights, and the art that was inspired along the way. 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.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Casper College, Music Building, Wheeler Concert Hall
Recorded music between sessions by Gary DePaolo, Musician

8:45 a.m. Welcome to the Humanities Festival, Walter Nolte, Ph.D. Casper College President

9 a.m. Tim Wright, Ed.D. Casper College
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 reference Gilgamesh and Hamlet to 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 HMS Beagle ever set sail.

10 a.m. Clocks in Motion
Percussion is Revolution: An Interactive Sound Tapestry
This unique concert experience, featuring the music of American composer John Cage, requires audience interaction and the use of strange and unusual percussion instruments such as tin cans, conch shells, prepared pianos, cricket callers, toy piano, and gongs. Our group’s dedication to commissioning new works and programming thought-provoking experimental music fits well with the theme of this year’s festival, Revolution.

11 a.m. Kevin Allen Leonard, Ph.D. Western Washington University
The Unfinished Revolution: The African American Civil Rights Movement
With the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, African American men and women gained access to jobs from which they had previously been excluded, and millions of those 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, particularly in the southern United States, and the connections among the civil rights movement and other social movements.

12:15-1:45 p.m. Keynote Demorest Presentation: 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 p.m. Erich Frankland, Casper College
Exploring the Causes and Effects of Modern Political Revolutions
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. 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 p.m. Heather Conner and Caleb Harris, University of Utah
Conner/Harris Piano Duo: Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"
Conner and Harris will 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.

4 p.m. Husain Haqqani, Boston University
Reflections on the Aftermath of the Arab Spring Revolutions

6-8 p.m. Fundraiser: The Soup Labyrinth
Savor homemade soup from Casper's soup masters Jeremy and Libby P. Tedder Hugus from handcrafted ceramic bowls created by Mike Olson's Casper College students. Limited pre-purchased seats are available for $50 donation to fund the Platte River Trails' Bart Rea Learning Circle and a new Fine Arts scholarship at Casper College. Contact for more information


Friday, February 27, 2015
Casper College, Music Building, Wheeler Concert Hall
Recorded music between sessions by Gary DePaolo, Musician

9 a.m. Terry Gunderson, D.A.
Gregorian Chant: Music for a Revolution
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. 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 a.m. Heather Frankland, M.F.A., M.P.H., Pierce College
The Role of Writing in Advocacy: Exploring the Transformative Power of Story and Poetry
The relevance and necessity of storytelling and poetry is often called into question during times of conflict or with controversial issues. Yet, storytelling 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 a.m. Duane Fish, Ph.D., Northwest College
The Sounds of Revolution: Song as Protest Against the Vietnam War
Todd Gitlin characterized the sixties as "Years of Hope, Days of Rage." The use of song as a means of protest was not new. However, during the 1960's songs of protest made their way onto the radio and the message of revolution found a wider audience as it gained popularity. This talk 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.

12:15-1:45 p.m. Tanis Lovercheck Saunders, Ph.D., Casper College
Rights, Sentiments, Revolution! The Women’s Rights Movement of the 19th Century
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!

2 p.m. Caroline McCracken-Flesher, Ph.D., Moderator, University of Wyoming
Panel Discussion with The Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research
Invited scholars Frieda Knobloch, Ph.D.; Eric Sandeen, Ph.D.; and Kajisa Calkins will dialogue on the theme and answer attendee questions.

Casper College, The Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery, Music Building

6:30 p.m. E.K. Wimmer, The Nicolaysen Art Museum
Reign of Terror
During the artist talk, Wimmer will discuss his installation in the gallery and provide an art historical context for the theme.

Casper College, Music Building, Wheeler Concert Hall

7:30 p.m. RedStone Recital with the Harris Piano Duo

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Terry Gunderson

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
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.

Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Steinway Artist Dr. Heather Conner is currently Professor of Piano at the University of Utah. As a recitalist, Heather has performed in many prestigious venues, such as Steinway Hall in New York City.  She has also presented solo recitals in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New Haven, Moscow, Salzburg, Seoul, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, Greenville (SC and NC), Stillwater and Oklahoma City, (OK), Tuscaloosa and Montgomery, (AL), Murfreesboro (TN) and Salt Lake City. Heather has won Grand Prizes at several international and national competitions including the First Hilton Head Island International Piano Competition and the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition, and has performed on numerous occasions as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Cara Rodriguez

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).

Erich Frankland

Erich Frankland is currently a member and Chair of the Political Science Department at Casper College in Casper, WY, where he also is the Director of the International Studies Program and on various college organizations dealing with international and multicultural groups and activities. He is also an adjunct faculty member with the University of Wyoming.  Frankland is an award winning educator who has been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for his efforts. He is also active in the community including serving as a political consultant to the media and as Director of the Casper Committee on Foreign Relations.  Frankland's work on nationalism, political violence, environmental politics, security, democratization, and other issues has been widely published in a range of professional texts and journals including European Security, Publius, East European Quarterly, and Small Wars and Insurgencies.

His most recent publication is the 10th edition of Global Studies: Europe  from McGraw-Hill.  His current research focuses upon minority nationalisms in Western Europe and environmental politics in Eastern Europe.  Prior to his position at Casper College, Frankland was an instructor at various colleges and universities, a research analyst on the Oklahoma City bombing, a researcher and editor for writings on politics, and a consultant on security and other political topics.  Frankland completed his graduate work in political science at the University of Oklahoma and his undergraduate work in politics and history at Earlham College (Indiana) and Westminster College (England).


Husain Haqqani is currently a professor of International Relations and Director of the Center of International Relations at Boston University.  He also is currently Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute.  He served as the ambassador from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States from 2008-11.  Haqqani earlier served as his country’s ambassador to Sri Lanka (1992-1993) and was an advisor to three Pakistani prime ministers. 

Haqqani regularly speaks and writes on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Islamic politics and extremism, East and South Asian politics, and international relations.  His most recent books include Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the U.S. and an Epic History of Misunderstanding and Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military.  His work has also appeared in a number of journals and newspapers including Foreign Policy, Far Eastern Economic Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Indian Express, and many others.  Haqqani was also a leading journalist before his political and diplomatic career covering East Asia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc. for a number of publications including The Islamic World Review.  He has taught and worked at a number of institutions including the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Cleo Robinson

Cleo Parker Robinson is founder, artistic director and choreographer of the 40+ year-old Denver-based artistic institution, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.  She leads a professional dance Ensemble, Youth Ensemble, a School of Dance, an International Summer Dance Institute, a 300 seat theatre that bears her name, and a myriad of community outreach programs.  She continues to be the recipient of honors and awards from civic, community, and artistic organizations around the world, and is called on by a myriad of organizations and performance venues to bring her Ensemble for performances, and to conduct workshops, master classes, and motivational seminars. Her philosophy of “One Spirit, Many Voices” is reflected in all she does, and is the vision she brings to everyone she meets, everywhere she goes.

A master teacher,/choreographer, and cultural ambassador she  has taught and performed with her Ensemble in such diverse places as Iceland, Singapore, Hawaii, Nassau, Belize, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, throughout Europe, and throughout the African continent.  People of all ages and backgrounds have participated in Ms. Parker Robinson’s workshops and master classes at conservatories, universities and neighborhood dance centers worldwide   Ms. Parker Robinson’s awards include the Colorado’s Governor’s Award for Excellence (1974), Denver’s Mayor’s Award (1979), induction into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (1989) and the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame (1994).  Recognized in Who’s Who in America Colleges and Universities she holds Honorary Doctorate from Denver University (1991), an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Colorado College (2003), and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Regis University in Denver (2008).


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Clocks in Motion, formed in 2011, has performed and lectured at many prestigious universities and colleges such as, The University of Michigan, Ohio University, Interlochen Arts Academy, Youngstown State University, Baldwin-Wallace University, Butler University, Casper College, and is currently an Affiliate Ensemble at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With a fearless and uncompromising ear to programming challenging and adventurous contemporary percussion ensemble repertoire, Clocks in Motion consistently performs groundbreaking concerts which involve performance art, theater, and often the construction of new instruments.

Percussion, along with the inclusion of noise and electronic sounds in classical music was amongst the largest musical revolutionary forces in the 20th century and we seek to continue revolutionizing music with each concert season.

Duane Fish

Duane Fish is the Chair of the Communication Division at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming where he has worked for the last thirty eight years. He teaches a variety of communication classes including Critical Thinking, Nonverbal Communication, and Persuasion. He also is the Director of Forensics, coaching debate and individual events.

Fish has an MA from Wichita State University and a PhD in Communication from the University of Utah. His research interests have primarily focused on the role of song as a means of communication. His dissertation research is where the material for this presentation is drawn. In addition, his research and publications include examination of artists such as Alice Cooper and Kurt Cobain.

Tanis Loverscheck
Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders holds a Doctorate of Arts in American History from the University of North Dakota.  Her area of specialty is 19th Century American History.  She has been chair of the department and taught History at Casper College for six years. 
E.K.Wimmer wasborn in New York, was raised in New Mexico and has lived throughout the West. He studied photography at Eastern New Mexico UniversityandArt History at the University of Montana. E.K.received his MA from the School of Art and Art History at theUniversity of Denver. He works in multiple disciplines including photography, video installation, painting, printmaking and collage.

Kevin Allen Leonard

Kevin Allen Leonard grew up in Casper, Wyoming, and graduated from Kelly Walsh High School in 1982. Leonard earned a B.A. in history at Pomona College in Claremont, California, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Davis.

He taught at the University of New Mexico and Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, before he began teaching at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, where he is currently professor of history and chair of the history department. Leonard is the author of The Battle for Los Angeles: Racial Ideology and World War II, which was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2006. He has also published articles in the Western Historical Quarterly, the Journal of the West, and the Journal of the History of Sexuality. He is currently completing a book manuscript that focuses on African Americans, the environment, and the struggle for freedom in Cold War Los Angeles. At Western, Leonard regularly teaches courses in African American history, LGBT history, and the history of the Pacific Northwest.


Tim Wright

Tim Wright is currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Casper College.  Before coming to Casper he worked in North Carolina community colleges for twenty-one years and at several universities, including.a year at the Tianjin Foreign Studies University in China. 

Wright holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English, and a doctorate in education, all from East Carolina University.

Heather Frankland

Although Heather Frankland is originally from Muncie, Indiana, she considers herself somewhat of a nomad. She lived in Central and South America for a collective four years where she worked as a Peace Corps and a Peace Corps Response Volunteer. Additionally, she lived on the U.S./Mexico Border for five years where she completed both her Masters of Public Health and Masters of Fine Arts. During this time she created and taught a themed composition class called Writing and Advocacy where students completed service learning projects and learned the power of writing beyond the classroom. She currently resides in Tacoma, Washington where she is an English Assistant Professor at Pierce College. Her work has been published in ROAR a Journal of the Literary Arts by Women, The New Purlieu Review, and Ice Cube Press among others. She is pleased to be part of such a great, inspiring festival.

Caroline McCracken-Flesher
Caroline McCracken-Flesher is Professor and Chair in the Department of English at the University of Wyoming. Educated at Edinburgh, Oxford and Brown universities, she has published widely on Scottish literature and culture, and edited the bookScotland as Science Fiction (Bucknell). Other books include Possible Scotlands: Walter Scott and the Story of Tomorrow,The Doctor Dissected: A Cultural Autopsy of the Burke and Hare Murders, both from Oxford University Press, and the edited volume Culture, Nation and the New Scottish Parliament (Bucknell).
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


The Art of “Revolution”




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The Soup Labyrinth Fundraiser

Savor homemade soup from Casper's soup masters Jeremy and Libby P. Tedder Hugus from hand crafted ceramic bowls created by Mike Olson's Casper College students. Limited pre-purchased seats are available for $50 donation to fund the Platte River Trails' Bart Rea Learning Circle and a new Fine Arts scholarship at Casper College. Enjoy live music from John Kirlin while experiencing the potential of both the circle and Casper College's visual arts programs. There will be a cash bar. Anyone donating $100 or more individually to the project will be entered to win a week in a condo in Costa Rica courtesy of the Ingram|Olheiser attorneys. If you would like to decorate your own bowl before firing, we hope to have some times in February to do so. All contributors will get tickets to a spring or summer play at Casper College. Thanks Bill Conte. This event is part of The 2015 Casper College Humanities Festival themed "Revolution". Join the circle.


Soup Bowl


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Appreciation List, Humanities Festival 2015

  • Casper College Theater Box Office
  • Casper College Office of Public Relations
  • Casper Journal
  • Casper Star-Tribune
  • Jason Burge, WHC
  • 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
  • Shannon D. Smith, WHC
  • Todd Wykert
  • Town Square Media
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