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British Politician to Speak at UW April 7

March 21, 2017
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Catherine Ashton

A British politician and former European Union foreign policy chief will give a free public presentation Friday, April 7, at the University of Wyoming.

Baroness Catherine Ashton will discuss “A New World (Dis)Order” at 2 p.m. in the UW College of Education auditorium. Her talk will focus on her view of the current state of international affairs.

The event is sponsored by the UW Department of Political Science, the Milward L. Simpson Fund, the UW Center for Global Studies, the UW Global and Area Studies Program, the UW International Programs Office, the UW Gender and Women’s Studies Program, the Laramie League of Women Voters, Women@IR and the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence.

Throughout her political career, Ashton has focused on education and human rights issues, and is a recognized leader on LGBTQ rights. She served as junior constitutional affairs minister and junior justice minister before being promoted to leader of the House of Lords in 2007. The following year, she was named EU trade commissioner. In 2009, she became the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy. In that role, she became one of the world’s most influential women leaders.

UW sponsors worked with Women@IR, an organization that promotes women’s participation in international relations, and the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Denver for more than a year to bring Ashton to UW, says Stephanie Anderson, an associate professor in the UW Department of Political Science.

“We are honored to have Baroness Ashton, one of the world’s most powerful women, visit UW,” Anderson says. “Her noteworthy accomplishments include working with former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to successfully negotiate the Iran nuclear deal.”

As part of her visit to UW, Ashton will meet with campus leaders, state legislators, local government officials and others.

For more information, call Anderson at (307) 766-3121 or email

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