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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.


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

Thursday, January 23, Jackson Hole, Center for the Arts, 6 pm
Monday, March 3, Torrington, EWC, Fine Arts Auditorium, 7 pm
Wednesday, March 5, Powell, NWC, Faberberg Room 70, 7 pm
Thursday, March 6, Cody, Park County Library, Grizzly Room , 5:30 pm
Tuesday, March 11, Laramie, UW, Education Auditorium, 7 pm
Thursday, March 13, Cheyenne, LCCC, CCI Building, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, March 26, Rock Spring, WWC, Main Campus Room 1005, 6 pm
Thursday, March 27, Riverton, CWC, Health and Science Center Auditorium, 7 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. 


Reflections on a Diplomatic Career - Students & Public Roundtables with Ambassador Marc Wall

Locations to include Sheridan, Cody, Powell, Casper, and Cheyenne – dates TBD

Ambassador Marc Wall is the 2013-14 Senior Visiting Scholar in Global Studies at the University of Wyoming.  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 Côte d'Ivoire.  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.  He has a B.A. in European History from Princeton and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.


Iran, Syria and the Challenges of Middle East Strategy with Richard Fontaine

Monday, February 17, Laramie at the University of Wyoming, Berry Center Auditorium at 5:30 pm

The United States has turned from force to diplomacy in its dealings with Iran and Syria.  In so doing, it has refashioned its strategy in the Middle East and attempted to balance its interests in a region that is undergoing rapid transformation.  Richard Fontaine, President of the Center for a New American Security and former Associate Director for Near Eastern Affairs on the National Security Council staff, will address the changes taking place across the Middle East and the challenges these pose for U.S. strategy. He served as a Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow at CNAS from 2009-2012 and previously as foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain for more than five years.  He has also worked at the State Department, the National Security Council and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Wyoming Goes Global: Building UW's Strategy for the Next Century of International Research, Partnerships and Education - Conference Launching the Center for Global Studies

March 30-31 in Laramie at the University of Wyoming, Union Ballroom

The purpose of the Center for Global Studies (CGS) is to advance the University of Wyoming to the next level of excellence in internationally-focused scholarship, research, and enhanced student education.  It will be UW’s home for interdisciplinary research with a mission to foster global and comparative scholarship and learning for the benefit of students, faculty and the broader Wyoming and national/international community.  The Center seeks to enhance international competencies at home which are necessary to engage students and faculty in a changing, challenging, and interdependent global society.  The Center will formally launch on March 31, 2014 with a day-long conference on Wyoming and the World: Bridging Divides in International Scholarship featuring interdisciplinary panels highlighting faculty and graduate student international research from across campus, a roundtable discussion on global career options featuring alum and international studies professionals, and a public keynote and keynote dinner.  The purpose of this conference is to illustrate how the Center will serve as a collaboration fulcrum for faculty/students from various colleges and departments to foster cross-disciplinary research in international political, socio-economic, historical, cultural, scientific, environmental, and energy issues. The Center’s activities are meant to compliment and work in conjunction with other international offices on campus to build leadership, excellence, and depth in international research and creative activities. The Center will be a home for internationally-focused, multidisciplinary collaborative research groups that involve faculty and students. 


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U.S. Foreign Policy in 2013 and Beyond - Conference 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. 

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