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 noon to 12:50 pm.

Fall 2016

Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative fellows on the University of Montana campusCrossing Borders: A Global Perspective on Climate Change and Collaboration

Tuesday, September 13, University Center Room 326/327
with Asian Fellows from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative on Environmental Issues
A special offering of the U.S. Department of State

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. The discussion will be moderated by Environmental Studies graduate and adjunct faculty member, Peter McDonough.

"JET to Japan!" -- Working in Japan with the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) ProgramJet to japan logo

Wednesday, September 28, University Center Room 332/333
with Chelsea Robinson, JET Program Coordinator, Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle

The JET Program is an opportunity for college graduates to work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers or Coordinators for International Relations. Participants are employed by either private or public elementary schools, junior high and senior high schools or local government offices.  Come see the staff of the Consulate General of Japan to learn more.

UM students riding in a flat blue boat in Vietnam.

Climate and Culture Deep in the Mekong Delta

Thursday, October 13, University Center Alumni Boardroom
with Dr. Nicky Phear, Program Director, UM Climate Change Studies Program 

Dr. Nicky Phear has spent three years leading UM students in hands-on studies of climate change impacts in Vietnam. She will share the insights they gained into how this dynamic region is changing and adapting, and provide an overview of the upcoming 2016-2017 Wintersession in Vietnam program.

Professional Fellows posing for a group photo in MissoulaCross-Cultural Comparisons of NGO Best Practices -- Southeast Asia to Montana

Wednesday, October 26, LA103B
with Asian Fellows from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellows Program
A special offering of the U.S. Department of State.

Southeast Asian non-profit leaders share their experiences with grassroots NGO work in the Lower Mekong region, comparing their best practices with lessons learned from non-profits in Montana.

China's Water Crisisnorth to south pipeline in china

Tuesday, November 15, University Center Room 330/331
with Owen Sirrs, Adjunct Professor of Culture and Regional Studies with the Mansfield Defense Critical Language and Culture Program

Photo by Wikimedia Commons User Nsbdgco

China’s chronic lack of fresh water has reached crisis proportions in recent years thanks to poor agricultural practices, climate change, artificially low prices, pollution, and mismanaged population settlement schemes.  This crisis already is having significant environmental, economical, and social consequences, but what especially concerns the Chinese Communist Party is the political impact over the long term.  Consequently, the government is carrying out a series of massive water engineering projects, including the South to North pipeline system that routs fresh water from the Yangtze to water-starved regions in the north.  But experts agree that these pipelines alone will not be sufficient to cover China’s water shortages, and other, less popular measures will be required such as restrictions and taxing.

Controlling Uyghur Bodies: The New Colonial Project in Chinese Central AsiaPhoto of Dr. Eric Schluessel

Thursday, December 1, University Center Room 326/327
with Dr. Eric Schluessel, Assistant Professor of History and Political Science, UM

Since 2001, the People's Republic of China has renewed its efforts to transform the Uyghurs of Xinjiang (a Turkic-speaking, Muslim people) into culturally normative Chinese citizens. The specific methods of this sino-normative civilizing project reflect the deep legacy of past empires in the behavior of the modern Chinese state. This talk will provide a brief overview of developments in policy over the past twenty years and explore changes in practice since 2009 aimed at transforming Uyghur hearts and minds by controlling Uyghur bodies.

Past Brown Bag Lecture Series