Melody Christensen brought new work for us to enjoy in the Biblio Bistro. Drop by soon, as we only have them through the end of the month.
She does accept commissions. Contact her at 307.272.7062.
Carter Mountain Photo Show for the Month of March
Karen says, “With the emergence of the digital age, photography has become the center of debate – is it technology (skill) or is it art? The myriad of editing options available today, along with the advanced technology in the body of the camera itself, greatly enhances our ability to more accurately reproduce the image the eye sees. Additionally, these advances offer the opportunity to manipulate the image to be MORE than the naked eye can see or perceive. It allows the imagination to soar – to see the image as it could be and not necessarily as it first appears.
(Blue Burst, Teton Sunset)
When I transfer a photograph from camera to computer, I am constantly awed by the what I see. I see detail, shapes, patterns, and colors, that I would never have seen except through the photographic process. Photography allows me to see the world in a whole new way that would not have been possible without it. It offers me the gift of being a part of the world around me rather than simply an observer.
Please enjoy the display. I welcome your feedback. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can go to openrangeimages.com, click on my name and see a slide show of additional work there.”
Karen Scholes Hayhurst
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The drawing will be March 27 at 8:30 a.m.
Batman and the Medieval Chinese Detective Stories of Judge Dee 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 19 with Jennifer Dare. This will be the final “Northwest College Professor of the Month Talk.” Jennifer is an Assistant Professor of English.
Batman, one of the most well-known super-heroes in American pop-culture, is remarkable simply because he has no super-powers. He was not born on an alien planet, nor was he bitten by a radioactive spider. Instead, he is a man bent on uncovering the truth and punishing the wicked, who has trained himself physically, emotionally, and mentally to take on the role of a superhero.
But did you know that Batman’s skills, abilities, and methods have predecessors in the ancient tradition of the medieval Chinese judge? Judge Dee, one of the most famous of heroes in the tradition of the Chinese detective novel, was also a common man who trained himself to uncommon skills. Centuries before Batman, stories of Chinese judges uncovering the truth and punishing the wicked, acting as a law unto themselves, were popular in the highly regulated and civilized world of Imperial China. This talk will discuss the relationship of the modern-day superhero, Batman, with his venerable ancestor, Judge Dee.
6 p.m. Thursday, March 16 with Dr. Seth Ward of the Dept. of Religious Studies at the University of Wyoming. Contemporary Issues in Islam will explore how Islam interacts with modernity.
Dr. Ward has been teaching Islamic and Jewish studies at the University of Wyoming since January 2003. His academic fields include Muslim-Jewish relations, cultural studies, women’s issues, crypto-Judaism, and Middle East. Dr. Ward received his PhD in Near Eastern languages and literature from Yale University. He is lead author in a new textbook, History of the Modern Middle East, scheduled to appear in 2017.
Contemporary Issues in Islam is presented by the Wyoming Humanities as part of its ThinkWY Road Scholars Tours program. Wyoming Humanities provides public humanities-based programs in partnership with local organizations and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities with additional support from private donors and the Wyoming Legislature.
The presentation will extend beyond the news to highlight selected contemporary trends and movements among the world’s Muslim people. A brief and condensed introduction to the history and religion of Islam will be followed by a discussion of a few contemporary Islamic topics reflecting current issues.
Topics have been identified and examined by University of Wyoming students during a semester long course taught by the presenter.
“Given the contemporary discourse about issues related to Islam, it is important to discuss matters such as conservative or fundamentalist religious movements, human right issues, politicized religion and misgovernment, religion and science,” Ward said “with an approach that avoids seeing Islam simply as a set of issues and problems.”
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