Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture Series

Every semester, the Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture series draws on members of the University and Missoula communities and on visiting foreign scholars and fellows to create a series of talks on a wide variety of topics, from international development, to exchange opportunities, to public policy and ethical dilemmas. All lectures are free and open to the public and run from 12:10 pm to 1:00 pm in the Mansfield Center Conference Room unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2015

The YSEALI LogoTransboundary Perspectives on Climate Change and Collaboration

Tuesday, September 15 in University Center 330/331
with visiting Fellows participating in the White House Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative on  Environmental Issues

Global climate change crosses all borders, affecting lives both here in Montana and across the globe in Southeast Asia. Join some of Southeast Asia’s promising next generation of leaders and their partners in Montana as they discuss ways to collaborate to address the challenges of climate change.

A special offering of the U.S. Department of State.

Photo of three students wearing traditional Vietnamese hats and riding in a Vietnamese boatDeep in the Delta: Studying Climate Change in Vietnam

Wednesday, September 30 in the  Mansfield Center Conference Room, Mansfield Library 4th Floor
with UM Environmental Studies Professor Dan Spencer

The Mekong Delta is Vietnam's most important agricultural region and home to a growing, dynamic economy. Yet it is one of the most endangered places on the planet due to the twin threats of climate change and sea level rise.  UM Environmental Studies Professor Dr. Dan Spencer will address these challenges while giving an introduction to UM's 4-week Wintersession in Vietnam program.

A barcode imposed over a group of people with the words Collaborative Responses to Sexual Exploitation in our State

Wednesday, October 14 in University Center 331
with Katharina Werner, YWCA Pathways Program Manager and Detective Guy Baker, Missoula Police Department and the FBI's Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force

The Fight for Hope and Freedom to end sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Montana continues. Detective Guy Baker, Missoula Police Department and the FBI's Montana Regional Violent Crime Task Force, and Katharina Werner, YWCA Pathways Program Manager & Missoula Trafficking Task Force Chair, will discuss current legislative and other advancements in anti-trafficking efforts in Montana on both a state and local level.

Cover of Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary LifeThe Enigma of Deng Xiaoping: Avatar of Reform or Butcher of Beijing?

Wednesday, October 28 in University Center 326
with Steve Levine, Research Faculty Associate, Department of History, University of Montana and collaborator with primary author Alexander V. Pantsov on Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life (Oxford University Press, 2015)

As China's paramount leader after the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, Deng Xiaoping symbolized the post-Mao reform era until his death in 1997. Yet it was he who gave the order for the Tiananmen Massacre in June 1989. Who was Deng Xiaoping? What roles did he play in China and what were his core values and beliefs?

Peaceful Islam, or, Much Ado About ISIS

Wednesday, November 18 in University Center 326/327
with Dr. Abdelilah Bouasria, Arabic Lead Instructor at the Defense Critical Language and Culture Program

The fact that US President Barack Obama followed up his request for congressional approval to use military force against The Islamic State in the Levant (ISIS) by denying that this appeal is an "authorization of another ground war like Afghanistan or Iraq" points to the fact that ISIS is a different type of enemy which requires a diverse handling by all the parties involved in its eradication process. Two narratives emerged from the visually disturbing images of this religiously motivated “Syriana”: The first one, conducted by a number of people comfortable in their boundaries or well versed in the history of Muslims, blames Islam as a religion for the spreading of this barbarism, and the second one, led by both peace and intercultural ambassadors and “homesick” Muslims, quickly jumps to the conclusion that what ISIS does is not Islamic. Where does the truth rest?

Past Brown Bag Lecture Series