25 episodes

What’s Your Why?
I know, I know. You’ve heard this before. It’s not a NEW question, but the answer IS always evolving… So. We. Can’t. Stop. Asking!
This show explores the human experience by way of our natural and diverse DNA through storytelling.
We bring to life the many pillars of our humanity: Culture, community, history, literature, and art.
Our purpose is to expand your vision of the world, educate, inspire, and give you critical thinking skills needed to apply to your own journey and create more connectivity and significance within the human experience.
With nationally and internationally renowned humanists - authors, journalists, philosophers, artists and scientists - we adventure into conversations about where they’ve been, how they are wired, what makes them tick, and how their history relates to the greater world and you. Get inspired, gain perspective and reflect on What’s Your Why?

What's Your Why‪?‬ Wyoming Humanities | ThinkWY

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    • 4.8 • 22 Ratings

What’s Your Why?
I know, I know. You’ve heard this before. It’s not a NEW question, but the answer IS always evolving… So. We. Can’t. Stop. Asking!
This show explores the human experience by way of our natural and diverse DNA through storytelling.
We bring to life the many pillars of our humanity: Culture, community, history, literature, and art.
Our purpose is to expand your vision of the world, educate, inspire, and give you critical thinking skills needed to apply to your own journey and create more connectivity and significance within the human experience.
With nationally and internationally renowned humanists - authors, journalists, philosophers, artists and scientists - we adventure into conversations about where they’ve been, how they are wired, what makes them tick, and how their history relates to the greater world and you. Get inspired, gain perspective and reflect on What’s Your Why?

    Celebrating Black History Month with Gigi Jasper

    Celebrating Black History Month with Gigi Jasper

    Dr. Gigi Jasper is a retired English teacher living in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
    In this episode, you'll hear about why Gigi moved to Wyoming, her career as a public school teacher, and her experience with discrimination as an African American woman living in rural Wyoming.
    Her inspiration, guidance, and resilience as she taught and mentored young people throughout her teaching career, and through that inspiration, she helped young people find tools and paths for their own lives.
    “And I was told by whoever it was, "We don't hire women." And he was saying that while there was a woman worker not 25 feet behind him.  Well, it was pretty clear that my being female was not his objection. And so, in some ways my welcome to Wyoming was having to file with the EEOC.” Gigi Jasper
    Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
    Watch Black History Documentaries
    National Museum of African American History and Culture
    Musical Crossroads: African American Influence on American Music

    • 25 min
    Danielle Allen: Teaching Empowerment, Leading Change

    Danielle Allen: Teaching Empowerment, Leading Change

    I want to give a warm welcome to Danielle Allen. Danielle's work to improve the world for the youth has taken her from intructing college classes to the helm of a $6 billion foundation, writing as a national opinion columnist, democracy, reform, civic education, and most recently running for governer of Massachusetts. She made history as the first black woman to ever run for statewide office in the state. As well as being the 2020 winner of the library of congress Kluge prize, recieved for her internationally recognized scholarship and political theory and her commitment to improving democratic practice and civics education. The Kluge prize recognizes scholarly achievement in the disciplines not covered by the Nobel prize. 
    Danielle Allen studies classics, democratic theory, politiceal soceology, and the history of political thought. A professor at Harvard, she directs the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Ethics. She has published widely on justice, government, and ctitizenship both in ancient Athens and modern America. She is the lead investigator for Harvards democratic knowledge project striving to strengthen democracies. 
    Welcome Danielle Allen!
    Learn more about Danielle:
    Team America The Indivisible
    Danielle Allen: Harvard U
    Edmond & Lily Safra: Center For Ethics
    Danielle's TED Talk
    Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equity (video)
    Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equity (book)
    This podcast is in partnership with The Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs (JHCGA) a leading nonpartisan NGO based in Jackson, Wyoming.  We bring leaders and communities together in Jackson Hole to drive breakthroughs to global challenges.
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    • 25 min
    Wyoming Women To Watch: Artist Bronwyn Minton

    Wyoming Women To Watch: Artist Bronwyn Minton

    Bronwyn Minton is a multi-disciplinary artist, curator, and arts leader living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Minton holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award, two Wyoming Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowships, a Wyoming Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship Honorable mention, and the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole’s Creative Pulse Award. Minton’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, and is in public and private collections. 
    Minton works with notions related to human interaction in the natural world; inclusive of scientific observation, physical involvement, and cultural experience. Her work consists of drawing, animation, photography, sculpture, clay, printmaking, and interactive installations. Using simple forms derived from nature, her work exploits radically different scales, from the microscopic to the monumental, bringing attention to how we fit with and construct nature. 
    Last but not least, Bronwyn is the Executive Director of the Art Association of Jackson Hole. Minton served as the Director of Exhibits and Programs at the Art Association for a year and a half. Prior to the Art Association, Minton was at the National Museum of Wildlife Art for over 13 years, where she most recently served as Associate Curator of Art and Research.
     
    Minton, an amazing artist, is 1 of 5 Wyoming artists selected for Women To Watch. The 2024 exhibit is the National Museum of Women in the Art's biennial exhibition series that features underrepresented and emerging women artists who create in any medium including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, print, drawing, photography, film, digital, installation, and sound. Wyoming will participate for the first time in NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition, held in Washington, DC in 2024. Bronwyn is 1 of 5 artists chosen from across Wyoming to be invited to submit their work. But only one will be chosen to be on exhibit in a permenent collection at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C!
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    • 33 min
    Wyoming Women to Watch: Artist Katy Ann Fox

    Wyoming Women to Watch: Artist Katy Ann Fox

    Katy Ann Fox wanders through the West witnessing windblown mountains and sunlight to gather emotion and imagery for her landscape paintings. Her oil paintings host a feeling of peace and respect for her subject as she focuses on texture and color harmony. She grew up in north central Idaho, moved to San Francisco, California for her Masters in Fine Art degree at the Academy of Art University and now makes her art at the foot of the Teton Mountain Range. In addition to painting, she does woodblock printing and hand thrown pottery and some sewing.
    Katy majored in business economics at the University of Idaho, with an art minor. She went on to study painting at San Francisco’s Academy of Fine Art where she received a master’s degree in fine art. After school, Fox moved to Jackson Hole. By 2015 she was celebrated as the Art Association’s Artist of the Year. She is noticeable figure in the region’s arts community, teaching pottery classes for the Art Association, painting a mural behind Trio Restaurant, assisting with programs and events at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and exhibiting at Altamira Fine Art and in the Center Theater Gallery.
    Katy is one of five Wyoming artists selected for Women To Watch. The 2024 exhibit is the National Museum of Women in the Arts biennial exhibition series that features underrepresented and emerging women artists who create in any medium including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, print, drawing, photography, film, digital, installation, and sound. Wyoming will participate for the first time in NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition, held in Washington, DC in 2024 and Fox is one of the five inspirational and talented artists chosen from across Wyoming to be invited to submit their work. BUT, only one will be chosen to be on exhibit in a collection at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C!
    Katy's Website 
    JH News & Guide Article
    Buckrail Article
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    • 19 min
    Wyoming Women To Watch: Artist Sarah Oregon

    Wyoming Women To Watch: Artist Sarah Oregon

    Sarah Ortegon is an enrolled Eastern Shoshone and also is Northern Arapaho. She is number 10 in a family of 12 kids. In 2013 she graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art with a concentration in drawing. 
    In August of 2013 Sarah was crowned Miss Native American, USA. Soon after, Ortegon started touring with the Native Pride Dancers, traveling and performing the jingle dress dance in the US and also in Moldova, Europe and Guatemala. In March of 2020 before the pandemic hit, Ortegon was able to perform in Times Square, NY and dance alongside the film previously created. In collaboration with Choctaw artist, Jeffery Gibson, they filmed “She Never Dances Alone,” and the film was displayed on over 60 monitors every night at midnight for several months in Times Square. 
    In addition, The Denver Art Museum has added her piece titled, “Home is Where the Heart Is,” to their collection and she was recently featured in the PBS Film, “The Art of Home”, which aired nationally in November 2019 on PBS. 
    Ortegon has also pursued acting and was cast in a play in Denver, CO in February of 2016 titled Black Elk Speaks. From there, she was cast in a musical called Sitting Bulls Last Waltz which premiered in Hollywood, California for the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June-July of 2016. Ortegon was also an extra in the BBC/NBC Sky 1 miniseries Jamestown which filmed in Budapest in August of 2016, 2017 and 2018. 
    Visit her website HERE!
    Sarah is one of five Wyoming artists selected for Women To Watch. The 2024 exhibit is the National Museum of Women in the Art's biennial exhibition series that features underrepresented and emerging women artists who create in any medium including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, print, drawing, photography, film, digital, installation, and sound.
    Wyoming will participate for the first time in NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition, held in Washington, DC in 2024 and Ortegon is one of the five amazing and talented artists chosen from across Wyoming to be invited to submit their work. BUT, only one will be chosen to be on exhibit in a collection at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C!
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    • 24 min
    Wyoming Women To Watch: Artist Jennifer Rife

    Wyoming Women To Watch: Artist Jennifer Rife

    "They each have a different perspective. They each in their own way... And I can say this just based on how I've heard them talk about this and from what I think you'll see in this wonderful video about this project that we have made, each of our five artists is so profoundly connected to the land of Wyoming as their raison d'etre for doing what they do. I think so much of their vision and their work is embedded in the fact that they are connected with Wyoming." - Lisa Fleishman
    Jennifer Rife is right at home on the high prairie of Cheyenne, Wyoming, hailing from rural southeastern Colorado and living most of her life in the American West. A lifetime of exploring places on road trips across the continent has enhanced her love of wide-open spaces and vast skies. The human-made structures and objects she has seen along the way provide endless references for her ephemeral installations. (View her work at artinthemiddleofnowhere.com) 
    She earned her BFA in the History of Art with a studio concentration in clay at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, graduating with Highest Distinction in 1986. Jennifer has exhibited her work throughout the United States; has had her work featured in books and articles; and has won a Wyoming Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship. An avid visitor of museums and land art sites, she finds ideas in a variety of art forms but is most inspired by work in situ(on site) that transcends time and place.
    Jennifer is one of five Wyoming artists selected for Women To Watch. The 2024 exhibit is the National Museum of Women in the Art's biennial exhibition series that features underrepresented and emerging women artists who create in any medium including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, print, drawing, photography, film, digital, installation, and sound.
    Wyoming will participate for the first time in NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition, held in Washington, DC in 2024 and Rife is one of the five awesome artists chosen from across Wyoming to be invited to submit their work. BUT, only one will be chosen to be on exhibit in a collection at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C!
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    • 24 min

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