Mansfield Center Asian Leadership Forum
U.S.-Asian relations will impact the future of the United States and the world. This dynamic and growing region has already left its mark on the world's economy, environment and politics. Long-time allies and critical trading partners rub shoulders with each other and with nations vital to the question of the area's future stability and security, like North Korea. Understanding this region and its complex histories and current realities is a necessary part of moving forward in a global world.
The Mansfield Center Asian Leadership Forum invites national experts on the region to speak to the Missoula community and to open a dialogue on questions critical to Missoula, Montana and the United States. All Asian Leadership Forum lectures are free and open to the public.
Documentary: The Land of Many Palaces
Date: Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 pm
Location: The Roxy Theater, 718 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801
Speaker: Adam James Smith, co-director and co-producer of The Land of Many Palaces
China is in the middle of an epic social engineering undertaking that seeks to move 250 million people from rural villages into newly built cities in an effort to promote modernization and combat the intense poverty in China’s poorest rural villages. While these new cities offer access to critical services like modern schools and hospitals, many of the villagers being moved fear a lack of jobs in these new cities and losing the income from their farms to support them in their old age. “The Land of Many Palaces” follows the stories of a government official tasked with convincing farmers that their lives will be better in these new cities and a farmer who is being pressured to move.
The 60-minute documentary will be followed by a question and answer session with Adam James Smith, co-director and co-producer of the film.
Global Pandemics and Bioterrorism
Speakers: David Hamon of Banyan Analytics and Alex Philp of GCS
2014 CHINA Town Hall
Speakers: Former President Jimmy Carter (webcast) and Robert A. Kapp
Memories of the Korean War: Stories and Artifacts
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Noerper, Senior Vice President, The Korea Society
Korea and Northeast Asia: Challenges and Opportunities
Speakers: Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, Ambassador Mark Minton, Dr. Stephen Noerper, and Dr. Abraham Kim
The Life and Legacy of Mike Mansfield
Speakers: Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, Ambassador Mark Minton, Congressman Pat Williams, and Dr. Paul Lauren
U.S. Public Diplomacy and Leadership in East Asia
Speaker: Kathleen Stephens, the first U.S. woman Ambassador to South Korea
Burma: Reforms and Opportunities for the Future in Southeast Asia
Speaker: David Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University
Asia and Cyber Security
Speaker: David Hamon, Director of Banyan Analytics and former Senior Official with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency