Former Department of State policy planning director Richard Solomon is the keynote speaker for “Wyoming Goes Global” conference on March 30-31.

During his time as a senior staff member of the National Security Council and as Director of Policy Planning with the Department of State, Solomon played a crucial role in global affairs. He is responsible for negotiating the Cambodia peace treaty and was an integral figure in discussing nuclear issues with North and South Korea, and the United States.

The event will kickoff with Solomon’s presentation on March 30, at 4 p.m. in the UW Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn. The following day's activities will center on contemporary global issues. Faculty and graduate student international research from UW will be honored.

The conference is free and open to the public. A complete agenda of the conference is listed below.

For more information email Garrison at or contact 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.