#HumCitizen: Heal Up and Hair Over – Civility’s Role in Public Trust

Presented by:
Wyoming Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Democracy and the Informed Citizen National Partner: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Public Radio, Public Television Subject: Journalism, Other Audience: All

Wyoming Humanities Council will publish a new and expanded edition of the council’s “Heal Up and Hair Over: A Wyoming Civility Reader” to inspire a public program with a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and six program segments on Wyoming Public Radio and Television. The council will also plan a pop-up newsroom at a live event in Wyoming to capture how citizens of the state feel about civil society and civic engagement in Wyoming. Major partners include Wyoming Public Broadcasting.


“High Noon in America” – Various locations, WY – Wyoming Humanities will be hosting conversations on civil discourse through the public premiere of a pilot documentary film/series that shows how people from opposite sides of the political spectrum are changed when they can sit down in a safe environment and share their views, their values, and their humanity. Produced by TV Gals Media, a California-based EMMY Award-winning film company, “High Noon in America” is a 20-minute pilot presenting two conversations between two different sets of people of opposing political and ideological points of view. Both conversations begin with humanizing portraits of each character so the audience can connect with them as people and get a sense of what shaped their values. The portraits are intended to help the viewer understand their disagreements during the conversation. TV Gals used Wyoming as the initial laboratory for this series to investigate what’s happening in America in microcosm; this pilot episode seeks to determine if there is a way to find common ground in the land of rugged individualism and cowboy ethics. The four participants in the film are Cynthia Lummis, former U.S. Representative from Wyoming, Jacqueline Bridgeman, University of Wyoming Law Professor, Natalia Macker, Teton County Commissioner, and Tyler Lindholm, District #1 Wyoming House of Representatives.