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Global & Area Studies|College of Arts and Sciences


The Global & Area Studies Program hosts a variety of events through collaborations across campus, with the Wyoming Humanities Council, and through the support of a Department of Education grant. The Global & International Studies Scholars Lectures Series promotes discussion among Wyoming citizens of important global issues by bringing renown speakers to the UW campus and locations across Wyoming.

Fall of the Wall

Consumer Issues Conference 2014 - October 8-10, 2014 at the Wyoming Union of the University of Wyoming

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 Human Rights

World to Wyoming Series with Mark Jenkins - First of the Last Skiers

Wednesday, September 1st at Casper College in Durham Hall, 6 pm
Thursday, September 18th at Sheridan College in Presentation Hall, 6:30 pm
Friday, September 19th at Gillette Campus in the Main Building 120, 5:30 pm

Deep in the Altai Mountains of Central Asia there is a ski culture that has survived unchanged for at least five thousand years. Wide, long, curve-tipped skis are hewn by axe from red spruce and the bases nailed with silky horsehair. The Kazakh and Tuvan tribesmen of the region use the skis to hunt elk. Guns are illegal, so they lasso the beasts from their skis---a primordial tableau that is depicted in local petroglyphs dating from 8000 BC.  National Geographic writer and UW writer-in-residence Mark Jenkins lived and hunted with these extraordinary skiers in winter 2013.

Global Studies in Film - Featuring the film iThemba with discussion led by the film’s producer Dr. Elinor Burkett, UW Senior Visiting Scholar in Global Studies

Imagine a country like Zimbabwe where more people die of AIDS, malnutrition and lack of medical care each week than are killed in Afghanistan, Iraq or Darfur. Where hospitals operate without doctors, urban neighborhoods suffer months without water, and unemployment tops 90 percent. Then imagine navigating that country from a wheelchair, without functioning hands, or with some other disability in a culture where the disabled are seen as cursed. You don't have to imagine. iThemba takes you there in a rich verite tapestry about the band Liyana, eight edgy young musicians who negotiate their country's chaotic political waters, economic collapse and deep-seated prejudices with humor and grit.  The films producer, Dr. Elinor Burkett, is the Senior Visiting Scholar in Global Studies at the University of Wyoming for Fall 2014. An experienced university professor and journalist, she has lived or worked in 13 countries and currently divides her time between homes in Zimbabwe and upstate New York. She’s been telling stories for four decades, from Cuba to Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan to Zimbabwe, as a historian and documentary filmmaker, a reporter for the Miami Herald, in nine books of non-fiction, and scores of articles in America’s leading magazines. For more information about the film visit:

-          Monday, September 22, Western Wyoming College in Rock Springs, Room 1309 at 6 p.m.
-          Weds, September 24, Northwest College in Powell – Performing Arts Auditorium at 6 p.m.
-          Thursday, September 25, Central Wyoming College, Riverton – Health and Science Center (HS 100) at 6 p.m.
-          Friday, September 26, Jackson Center for the Arts Theater at 6 p.m.
-          Friday, October 2, Casper College – Wheeler Concert Hall (MU105) at 6 p.m.
-          Thursday, November 6, Laramie County Public Library Cottonwood Room, Cheyenne at 6 p.m.
-          Wednesday, November 19, University of Wyoming, Laramie, TBA

Women’s Global Leadership Forum

-          Tuesday, Sept. 30th, UW Campus, Berry Center Auditorium, 5-6:30 p.m.

This event presents a discussion among three leading women with diverse backgrounds and global precedence.  Ann Pickard, Executive Vice President, Royal Dutch Shell Arctic has held a number of international leadership positions in the energy industry. Rita C. Meyer, Vice President for Wyoming with Rocky Mountain Power, has diverse experience in business, government, and military service, including commanding in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  Elinor Burkett, Senior Visiting Scholar in Global Studies at UW for fall 2014, is an award winning international journalist who has lived and worked in thirteen countries.

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