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Wyoming Goes Global Conference at UW March 30-31

March 12, 2014 — Former Department of State policy planning director Richard H. Solomon will be the keynote speaker at a University of Wyoming conference that will develop practical solutions to address international problems.

UW’s Global and Area Studies Program will present “Wyoming Goes Global” March 30-31 in Laramie. The event will launch UW’s new Center for Global Studies, and is free and open to public.

“The center will build leadership, excellence and depth in global and comparative scholarship and learning for the benefit of students, faculty, the state of Wyoming and the broader national/international community,” says Jean Garrison, UW Global and Area Studies director. “It is part of our initiative to advance the University of Wyoming to the next level of excellence in internationally focused research and partnerships to address complex global problems.”

This conference begins with Solomon’s keynote talk Sunday, March 30, at 4 p.m. at the UW Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn. A senior fellow with the RAND Corporation, he previously served as director of policy planning at the Department of State and as a senior staff member of the National Security Council.

Solomon negotiated the Cambodia peace treaty; the first United Nations "Permanent Five" peacemaking agreement; and had a leading role in the dialogue on nuclear issues between the United States and South and North Korea.

Monday’s activities will highlight faculty and graduate student international research from across campus. There also will be roundtable discussions on global career options featuring distinguished alumni and international studies professionals.

For more information, email Garrison at  or call the Global and Area Studies office at (307) 766-3423.

The conference agenda:

Sunday, March 30, 4 p.m. -- Solomon’s keynote address, “America’s Grand Strategy in the 21st Century,” and reception to follow, UW Conference Center.

Monday, March 31, Part I:  Global Career Options and Opportunities, Wyoming Union Ballroom.

9-9:50 a.m. -- International Studies alumni panel on career options.

10-10:50 a.m. -- “International Careers in the Public and Private Sector, Business and Government Focus.”

11-11:50 a.m. -- “International Careers in the Public and Private Sector, NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and Other Options.”

Part II:  International research at UW, “Local and Global Impacts,” Wyoming Union Ballroom.

Noon-1:15 p.m. -- Lunch keynote panel, “Addressing Global Energy Realities: Challenges and Opportunities as Seen from the Sciences and Social Sciences.”

1:30-2:45 p.m. -- Faculty research panel, “The Many Faces of Human (In) Security -- Lessons from the Field.”

3-4:15 p.m. -- Faculty-student international fieldwork projects, “Addressing Questions of Human Development and Sustainability Head On.”

4:30-5:45 p.m. -- Graduate student international fieldwork projects, “Communities in Crisis: Strategies to Address Underdevelopment’s Challenges.”

5:45 p.m. -- Conference remarks, Garrison.

6-7 p.m. -- International poster session and closing reception.

Richard Solomon will discuss “America’s Grand Strategy in the 21st Century” at the “Wyoming Goes Global” event hosted by the UW Global and Area Studies Program.

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