Past WAS Themes

  • World Health: Issues and Responsibilities
  • Global Communications 2.0: Technology’s Impact on International Understanding
  • Gender Equity/Social Justice
  • Sustainable Development
  • The Global Fresh Water Challenge
  • World Hunger: Ethical Dilemma of our Time
  • Global Leadership Rising Powers: Who Counts?
  • Globalization and Traditions: Two Worlds Divide
  • World Energy Crisis
  • Human Rights & World Politics
  • Nuclear Arms Control & Disarmament
  • Conflicts in the Post Cold War World
  • International Politics and Global Environmental Issues
  • Race, Politics and the Future of South Africa
  • The Cost of Security
  • Making Peace by Understanding Conflict
  • Global Energy: Who has the Power

Past Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Magda Peck - Dean, UW Milwaukee School of Public Health

  • Will Allen - Former Professional Basketball Player/head of "Growing Power."
  • Peter Anin –author of The Great Lakes Water Wars
  • Dr. Stephen Hargarten - Chair, Medical College of Wisconsin World Health Program
  • Peter Sawyer - Pulitzer Foundation
  • Fred de Sam Lazaro – PBS NewsHour Correspondent.
  • Vice Admiral Ann Rondeau (Retired) - IBM Corporation, former Dean, National Defense University
  • Peter Menzel & Faith D’Aluisio - Authors of “The Hungry Planet”
  • Dr. Oscar Arias - former President of Costa Rica and Nobel Prize Winner
  • Dr. Akbar S. Ahmed - Ibn Khaladun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University
  • Eric Plantenberg - President, Freedom Personal Development
  • Wendy Baumann - President, Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corp.
  • RADM David P. Aucoin - USN Director, Programming Division, US Navy
  • Sahar Maher El-Issawi – Egyptian journalist & blogger
  • Geneva Bolton Johnson - Retired President, Family Service America
  • Dr. Cary Silverstein - International Organizational Consultant
  • Jay Burdette - Sears China Division
  • Dith Pran - New York Times photojournalist
  • Dr. William Schultz - Executive Director, Amnesty International
  • Elaine Chao - Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, Washington D.C.
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau - France, Environmentalist
  • Jeanne Kirkpatrick - former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and Cabinet Member
  • Giandomenico Picco - former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Evan Thomas - Assistant Managing Editor, Newsweek Magazine,