University of Idaho - I Banner
A student works at a computer


U of I's web-based retention and advising tool provides an efficient way to guide and support students on their road to graduation. Login to VandalStar.

U of I Bellwood Lecture Features Former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

October 15, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — Oct. 15, 2019 — The former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will discuss climate change during the annual Sherman J. Bellwood Lecture Oct. 22-23 in Boise and Moscow. The events are hosted by the University of Idaho College of Law and are free and open to the public.

Salazar will speak at 5 p.m. Mountain time Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Pioneer Room of JUMP, 1000 W. Myrtle Street, Boise. The event begins with a public reception followed by remarks. His appearance in Moscow begins at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the International Ballroom of the Bruce M. Pitman Center.

Ken Salazar served as the 50th United States secretary of the interior, attorney general and Colorado senator. Salazar's law practice focuses on energy, environment, natural resources, corporate governance and Native American matters. His talk is titled “Climate Change and the Future of Energy.”

“Recent national and global experiences highlight the critical importance for our country to balance our energy needs against the reality of climate change and the consequences it brings to our communities,” said Jerrold Long, dean of the College of Law. “Secretary Salazar brings a unique perspective and an experienced voice to this important conversation.”

President Barack Obama selected Salazar to serve in his cabinet as secretary of the interior in December 2008, and he was confirmed as the 50th secretary by a unanimous U.S. Senate vote on Jan. 20, 2009. Prior to his confirmation, Salazar served as U.S. senator for Colorado and served on the Energy and Natural Resources and Finance committees, which oversaw the nation's energy, natural resources, tax, trade, social security and healthcare systems. He also served on the Agriculture, Ethics, Veterans Affairs and Aging committees.

As secretary, Salazar led the efforts to develop and implement the framework for America's energy independence. This effort included overseeing the exploration and development of conventional and renewable energy resources on public lands and oceans, working on matters relating to climate change, the exploration of frontier areas such as the Arctic, leading the successful response to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and overhauling the regulatory oversight of oil and gas exploration and production.

The Sherman J. Bellwood Lectures bring prominent and highly regarded local, regional and national leaders to the state of Idaho and to U of I. Students have the opportunity to discuss, examine and debate a wide range of subjects related to the justice system. More information is available at

Media Contact

Jodi Walker
Director of Communications

About the University of Idaho

The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 12,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at