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Global & Area Studies|College of Arts and Sciences

Past Events

Fall 2013

Popular Culture in East Asia: The Production and Consumption of Inter-Asian Love Dramas

This talk uses inter-Asian television love dramas to illustrate "East Asian pop culture" as a sphere of production, circulation, and consumption. It unpacks the tensions between the local and the regional, with women caught in this process as consumers, workers, and citizens. If production for regional audiences aims to transcend the local, what are the strategies the TV industries use to reach regional audiences? What are the textual politics that are negotiated in order to reach regional female audiences? What are the tensions between the regional and the local?  Practices of consumption are always embedded in local dynamics, what are the local politics that enable women to interpret these inter-Asian TV love dramas? What functions do these interpretations perform in the larger social and political domains?


Understanding the China-U.S. Challenge:  Globalization, Economic Development, and a Future of Shared Dependence

Monday, October 16th – Casper College/UWCC
Monday, November 18th – University of Wyoming, CR 314 4-5:15 pm

Many call the 21st Century, China’s century and its political, economic, and social trends have ripple effects around the globe.  This discussion brings together an international interdisciplinary panel of experts from Shanghai University and the University of Wyoming to address topics such as China’s weathering of the global economic crisis, Chinese modernity and cultural change, Chinese civil society and its development, and China’s world view and relationship with its neighbors, among other topics.  This discussion will help us to understand the opportunities and challenges that China presents for the United States and the globe now and into the future. 

Dr. Yarong Ashley, Global and Area Studies (UW)

Dr. Mingming Cheng, School of Sociology, Shanghai University

Dr. Zhengwei Xia, Department of History, Shanghai University

Prof. Junfeng Pan, Department of English, No 3 Military Medical University


Global Studies Excellence Initiative Event
Reflections on a Diplomatic Career – Student Roundtable with former Ambassador Marc Wall

- Global Business Roundtable – Reflections on a Diplomatic Career – Asia to Africa

- Global Challenges and the Future of Diplomacy

Most recently the foreign policy advisor to the United States Pacific Command in Hawaii until summer 2013, he has served as U.S. Ambassador to Chad, coordinated reconstruction programs in Iraq, managed trade initiatives with Japan, China, and Taiwan, and served in economic and commercial positions in Zimbabwe and the Ivory Coast.  In Washington, D.C., he has been a member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and held various positions shaping U.S. policy towards Asia, Africa, and international economic organizations including as Director of the Economic Policy Staff in the Africa Bureau and as Senior Advisor to the China Economic and Security Commission.  An accomplished diplomat and policy professional, he has also taught at Georgetown University, the National Defense University, the City College of New York, and George Washington University’s Program for International Studies in Asia.


Climbing Everest:  The Myths, Magic, and the Macabre with Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins, an international alpinist, is a critically acclaimed author, a field staff writer for National Geographic and a writer-in-residence at the University of Wyoming.  Jenkins climbed Everest in the spring of 2012 and explains Everest’s past and present and how the meaning fo climbing the mountain has evolved.

Monday, September 30 - 7 pm at Casper College, CTEL Presentation Hall
Tuesday, October 1 - 7 pm at Casper College (World Physical Science Center, Wheeler Auditorium, Room 103)
Wednesday, October 2 - 7 pm at Gillette College (Main Building Presentation Hall)


Spring 2013

"What in the World?" International Studies
Field Work and Faculty Research Presentations

Jennifer Cheddar (MA International Studies, May 2013) from Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania focused on the plight and discrimination of Haitian Immigrés in the Dominican Republic.  Lindsay Olson (MA International Studies/Environment and Natural Resources, May 2013) from Laramie, Wyoming worked with subsistence farming communities in the Peruvian Highlands.  Rahimjon Abdugafurov (MA International Studies, May 2013) from Uychi, Namangan, Uzbekistan focused his research on modern Muslim views of Christians and Jews in Uzbekistan.  These projects highlight the kind of exciting and innovative projects that international studies’ students at UW complete for their degrees.

Dr. David Messenger - "Memory of the Spanish Civil War and Contemporary Nationalism in Catalonia" 

Dr. Tom Seitz - "Nation Building: Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost"

Wednesday, May 22, Library Inner Circle at the Sheridan
County Fulmer Public Library at 5:15 pm

Thursday, May 23, Grizzly Room at the Park County Library
in Sherdan at 5:15 pm

Wednesday, June 5, July 10 and August 7 at the Centennial
Branch Library at 5:30 pm

Mount Everest - The Myths, the Madness and the Macabre
Mark Jenkins - National Geographic Field Staff Writer

Friday, Jan. 25, Western Wyoming Community College, Rock Springs
Room 1302 at 7:30 pm

Monday, Jan. 28, Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington
Fine Arts Auditorium at 7 pm

Tuesday, Jan 29, Laramie County Community College
Arp 128 at 7 pm

Wednesday, Mar 6, Central Wyoming College, Riverton
Little Theatre in the Student Center at 5 pm

Friday, Mar 8, Northwest College, Powell
FAB 70 at 4 pm

U.S. Foreign Policy in 2013 and Beyond with
Mr. David Ignatius, Washington Post – (March 1st keynote)

David Ignatius will look at President Obama and his new national security team and the key issues that will dominate the next four years: Iran, Syria, and the wider Arab Revolution: Afghanistan, post-America, and China. He will discuss each, trying to explain the personalities and the issues in Washington and around the world.

Mr. David R. Ignatius is an associate editor and columnist for The Washington Post.  In addition to his work at the Washington Post, his career includes reporting for the Washington Monthly, Wall Street Journal, and International Herald Tribune.  In his distinguished career he has covered a range of assignments including the Justice Department, the CIA, and the Senate. Ignatius also has extensive experience as a Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and served as its chief diplomatic correspondent. In 1985 he received the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting. He joined the Washington Post in 1986, served as the editor of the “Outlook” section of the Post and from 1990 to 1992 he was the paper’s foreign editor, and oversaw the paper's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.  In 1999, he began writing a twice-weekly column in the Post on global politics, economics and international affairs which is syndicated worldwide by The Washington Post Writers Group. The column won the 2000 Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary and a 2004 Edward Weintal Prize. Ignatius’s writing also has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, and Talk Magazine.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and Kings College, Cambridge University, where he received a diploma in economics.  


This is event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Jean Garrison at or the Global & Area Studies main office at 307-766-3423.

Fall 2012

Understanding the China - U.S. Challenge: Globalization, Economic Development, and a Future of Shared Dependence

Monday, Oct. 17, University of Wyoming, Laramie, A&S 210 at 4 pm

Wednesday, Oct 17, Western Wyoming College, Rock Springs, Room 1005 at 6:30 pm

Thursday, Oct 18, Casper College, Outreach Building Room 150 at 7 pm

Monday, Nov 12, Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington, Auditorium at 6pm

Tuesday, Nov 13, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, TBD

Many call the 21st Century, China’s century and its political, economic, and social trends have ripple effects around the globe.  This discussion brings together an international interdisciplinary panel of experts from Shanghai University and the University of Wyoming to address topics such as China’s prospects after the global financial crisis, Chinese modernity and cultural change, Chinese civil society and its development, and China’s world view and relationship with its neighbors, among other topics.  This discussion will help us to understand the opportunities and challenges that China presents for the United States and the globe now and into the future. 


Haiti and Post-Disaster Reconstruction - Lessons for Development Work and NGOs
Mr. Dieudonne Mayambi Khula, Director of Pure Water for the World, Haiti

Friday, Nov. 16 at 12:00 noon, Classroom Building Room 214

Pure Water for the World helps the underserved in developing countries by providing sustainable safe drinking water filtration systems, sanitation, and hygiene education.  Its goal is to prevent children from suffering from water borne diseases that cause pain and misery as a result of consuming contaminated water and improper hygiene habits. In Haiti, it works in Port Au Prince and Cite Soliel, a suburb which is one of the poorest slums in the world.


Challenges and Opportunities Facing the European Union and the Eurozone
Dr. Emek Ucarer, Bucknell University

Monday, Oct. 8, University of Wyoming, Laramie - 5 pm in the Union Family Room

Tuesday, Oct. 9, Casper College, 3 pm in Wheeler Auditorium

Wednesday, Oct. 10, Sheridan College, 6 pm in Presentation Hall C-TEL

Dr. Emek Ucarer is Professor and Chair of the International Relations Department at Bucknell University (Pennsylvania).  During 2011-12 she was a visiting researcher at the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin conducting work on the politics of the European Union's immigration and asylum policies and the contributions of nongovernmental organizations to policymaking in this field at the regional and national levels. She is the author of numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as Cooperation and Conflict, International Studies Perspectives, International Politics, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Third World Quarterly as well as two edited volumes focusing on migration Migration and the Externalities of European Integration (2002, with Sandra Lavenex) and Immigration into Western Societies: Problems and Policies (1997, with Donald J. Puchala). She holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina and BBA in Marketing and Management from Georgia State University.  She is a recipient of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation American Postdoctoral Fellowship (2005) and the Georgia Rotary International Scholarship (1988-89).


The State-Building Story in Afghanistan - An Insider's View on Prospects and Challenges
Daoud Yaqub, Durham University

Wednesday, October 10, Northwest College, Powell, Fagerberg 70 at 4 pm

Friday, October 12, University of Wyoming, Laramie - 4 pm in the Education Auditorium

Mr. Daoud Yaqub has been a key participant and behind-the-scenes insider in Afghanistan’s unfolding history and political transition over the last decade.  A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and current PhD candidate at Durham University in the United Kingdom, Mr. Yuqub is the former Executive Director of the Afghanistan Foundation (Washington, DC) and has held a number of posts in the Afghanistan government.  He participated in the Bonn Conference that formed the post-Taliban government of Afghanistan and subsequently was the first Afghan-American to join the office of the President of Afghanistan where he worked as Deputy Spokesperson and Senior Foreign Policy Aide to President Hamid Karzai. Mr. Yaqub played a significant role in building the Afghan NSC from non-existence into a major security and policy organization of the Afghan government.  He has served as the Director of International Affairs, the Director for Policy, and the Director for Security Sector Reform on the National Security Council staff.  In 2008, he left the NSC in Kabul in order to pursue his PhD full time.  Mr. Yaqub continues to make frequent trips to Afghanistan for research purposes and works on projects to strengthen the rule of law and to combat corruption in Afghanistan.


Future of American Foreign Relations – Challenges and Prospects
Panel Discussion with Dr. Stephen Krasner, Dr. Tanja Borzel, Dr. Thomas Risse and Dr. Jean Garrison

Sept 11 – University of Wyoming (Laramie)

Sept. 12 – Buffalo Bill Historic Center (Cody, WY)

Sept. 13 – Center for the Arts (Jackson, WY)

The American foreign policy agenda under President Barack Obama promised a new era of multilateralism and partnership with the global community.  In practice, the president’s leadership has faced new tests such as changes across the Middle East resulting from the Arab Spring and the Eurozone crisis, as well as the ongoing challenges of Afghanistan, Iran, and states such as Russia and China.  Domestically, his agenda has been complicated by a stagnant economy and a politically divided Congress and electorate.  Nearing the end of President Obama’s first term in office, we now can better evaluate his foreign policy record and agenda for ‘change’, particularly as he compares to other recent presidents such as President George W. Bush.  This distinguished panel of experts will discuss continuity and change in American foreign relations and discuss the opportunities in, and limitations of, U.S. foreign policy as we assess what is in store for the future of American foreign relations.

Spring 2012

The Healing Fields: The Legacy of War and the Search for Miss Landmine Cambodia - Mark Jenkins

Feb 27 - University of Wyoming (Laramie)

Mar 6 - Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne)

Mar 8 - Eastern Wyoming College (Torrington)

Mar 19 - Western Wyoming Community College (Rock Springs)

Mar 20 - Central Wyoming College (Riverton)

Mar 22 - Northwest College (Powell)


Crisis in the Eurozone - Problems and Prospects - Ioannis Vrailas

Mar 5 - University of Wyoming (Laramie)


Citizen Action and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Apr 10 - University of Wyoming (Laramie)


Fall 2011

Assessing Afghanistan in 2011: Opportunities and Challenges Ten Years after 9/11 - Thomas E. Gouttierre

Sept 28 - Eastern Wyoming College (Torrington)

Sept 29 - University of Wyoming

Sept 30 - Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne)

Populism and Democracy in Latin America: Regional Trends and Challenges - Dr. John Ritchie

Sept 28 - Western Wyoming College (Rock Springs)

Understanding the China-U.S. Challenge: Globalization, Economic Development, and Future of Shared Dependence

Oct 10 - University of Wyoming

Oct 21 - Central Wyoming College (Riverton)

Oct 24 - Northwest College (Powell)

Guns, Gorillas and Laptops: How We All Are Unwittingly Connected - Mark Jenkins

Nov 15 - Casper College (Casper)

Nov 16 - Sheridan College (SHeridan)

Nov 17 - Gillette College (Gillette)


Spring 2011

Aborginal World - Wardaman Dreaming

Jan 31 - Western Wyoming College (Rock Springs)

Feb 1 - Central Wyoming College (Rivertoon)

Feb 3 - Northwest College (Powell)

Feb 8 - Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne)

Feb 11 - University of Wyoming

Feb 15 - Casper College

Feb 16 - Sheridan College, 6:00 P.M., CTEL (W136)

Global Competition for Energy Series

Feb 22, 7:00 P.M., Grand Ballroom, Plains Hotel, Cheyenne, WY

Fall 2010

Global Competition for Energy Series

Sept 7, Jackson Hole; Sep 8, Central and Western Wyoming Colleges

Scholars Lecture Series

Understanding Consequences and Opportunities of Rapid Social Change Inside China - Oct 11, Sheridan College; Oct 12, Casper College

The Rise of Iran and the Modern Middle East - Implications for the U.S. and the World, Dr. Sean Anderson - Oct 19, Northwest College; Oct 20, Central Wyoming College; Oct 21, Western Wyoming College.

Never Again Must Mean Never - Genocide Prevention and Action, Dr. Ellen Kennedy - Nov 8, University of Wyoming; Nov 9, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne; Nov 10, Eastern Wyoming College.

Korean Economic Institute - SOS North Korea, Confronting the Nucelar and Human Security Challenges of Kim Jong-Il's DPRK
- Nov 18, University of Wyoming

Spring 2010

Global Competition for Energy Series

Apr 15, University of Wyoming

Scholars Lecture Series

Guns, Gorillas, and Laptops: How We All Are Unwittingly Connected, Mark Jenkins, National Geographic Global Correspondent - Feb 26, Central Wyoming College; Mar 1, Northwest College; Mar 2, Western Wyoming College

American Foreign Policy in the Obama Age: Emerging Threats, Ongoing Challenges, and New Opportunities - Mar 12, Sheridan College; Mar 16, Casper College

Assessing the Scope of the International Financial Crisis and Growing Government Debt: Shared Challenges Facing the US, EU, and East Asia, Tom Byrne, Senior Vice President with Moody's (Singapore) - Apr 19, Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne); Apr 20, University of Wyoming

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