Malcolm Wallop Conversations on Democracy

The Malcolm Wallop Fund for Conversations on Democracy serves not only to honor the three-term Wyoming U.S. Senator (1977-95) but provides opportunities -- through symposia, keynote speakers, student projects and workshops -- to add to the body of knowledge about democracy. We are pleased to partner with the School of Politics, Public Affairs, and International Studies, Office of Engagement and Outreach, and other partners to sponsor public events on significant issues that affect us at a local, state, national, and international level.


Fall 2021

Wyoming's CyberSecurity Conference (virtual)
October 6-8, 2021

The Wallop Program was pleased to be a sponsor of the Wyoming CyberSecurity Conference organized by Cyber Wyoming. This conference was free to Wyoming students and educators. 

Please see for more information about CyberWyoming. 


Spring 2021

February 19th, 2021
12:10-1:00 pm

Capitol Riots in Perspective: Politics, Institutions, and Polarization
Join Professors Jim King and Andrew Garner to put the Capitol riots and the impeachment into perspective. Dr. King will talk about the institutions and Dr. Garner will talk about polarization with an open Question & Answer to follow. For more information contact Poster available for download here

Moderator: Dr. Stephanie Anderson
Panelists: Dr. Jim King and Dr. Andrew Garner


February 10th, 2021
5:30-7:00 pm

American Foreign Policy During the Biden Presidency: Challenges and Opportunities
This discussion brings together a panel of policy and academic experts with a wealth of U.S. foreign policy and international relations experience to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the new Biden Administration around the globe. This webinar is free and open to the campus community and public. For more information contact Poster available for download here

Moderator: Dr. Jean Garrison
Panelists: Dr. Stephanie Anderson, Ambassador Gary Grappo, Ambassador Richard Holwill, Ambassador Jeanine Jackson, Ambassador Marc Wall



Spring 2020

April 30th, 2020

Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research (WIHR) "Think and Drink"

This virtual conversation builds upon a public presentation from November 2019 given in Sheridan by Dr. James Arvanitakis, 2019-2020 Milward L Simpson Visiting Fulbright Professor. The program features Dr. Jason McConnell, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Dr. Jean Garrison, Director of the Office of Engagement and Outreach and Professor of International Studies and Political Science. 

A video of this event is available on YouTube:

Special Note: The Wyoming Institute in Humanities Research will host its “Think and Drink” series every Thursday at 5:30, at this Zoom link, through mid-May.


Fall 2019

November 5, 2019-Sheridan WY

Democracy in America and Around the World
Dr. James Arvanitakis

Contemporary democracies around the world, be it the United States or Australia, have shown themselves to be resilient to shocks: from terrorist attacks to natural disasters, citizens rally and work cooperatively.  Despite this, a number of social and political trends are causing fractures which are dividing us.  How can these trends be addressed and overcome?  These divisions are not inevitable, but we must find ways to respond to ensure the long-term health of our democratic institutions. This presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A to explore the issues raised in greater depth. 



Previous Events:

September 11, 2018
Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: The Quest for a Post-partisan Citizenship
Alexander Heffner

For more information on the event-download the poster. 


November 13, 2017
America's Will to Lead: Transatlantic Relations and the Future of the U.S. - European Alliance
Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen

For more information on the event-download the poster. 



Contact Us

Malcolm Wallop Civic Engagement Program

School of Politics, Public Affairs, & International Studies (SPPAIS)

Dept. 3197

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-6119


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