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.

Spring 2017

Montana NEW Leadership logo- woman jumpingMontana NEW Leadership: Leadership Opportunity for Female Undergrads

Wednesday, February 15, University Center Room 333. 12:00pm - 12:50pm
with Dr. Nicky Phear, Director of UM Climate Change Studies and member of the UM Women’s Leadership Initiative Inaugural Cohort
and Deena Mansour, Dr. Sara Rinfret, and Haley Anderson, Montana NEW Leadership organizers

Join Dr. Nicky Phear, member of the UM Women’s Leadership Initiative Inaugural Cohort, and the Montana NEW Leadership team in a discussion of the importance of women's leadership and a special opportunity for a summer six-day, non-partisan leadership program from the Center for American Women in Politics and hosted by UM.

Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Resource Utilization in a Minority Region of Guizhou Province, China 
rural village in the hills of China

Wednesday, February 22, University Center Room 330. 12:00pm - 12:50pm
with Dr. Jiang Nie, Associate Professor at Guizhou University of Finance and Economics; visiting scholar at UM

Resource depletion and environmental degradation are serious problems faced by China and the world. Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) can increase the capacity of social-ecological systems to deal with crises, fostering biodiversity and human well-being in a harmonious way. Lacking information about TEK, government often uses one-size fits all nature resource management policies; these usually lead to failure and ecological degradation. This is especially true in ecologically vulnerable areas. Guizhou is located upstream of major rivers in China and also is a typical Karst ecologically vulnerable region.

This talk will present the Dong minority as an example, introducing how they use TEK in paddy cultivation and forestry preservation to improve the local ecological environment and increase agricultural and forestry production. We also explore the basic institutions for TEK forming generation to generation, the impacts of modern agriculture technology, inappropriate property rights and policies on local natural resources utility and the social-ecological system.

Student sitting on boat on the Mekhong RiverExploring the Delta: Changing Climate and Culture in Vietnam

Wednesday, March 15, University Center Room 331. 12:00pm - 12:50pm
with Dr. Nicky Phear, Director of Climate Change Studies, UM
and Dr. Dan Spencer, Professor of Environmental Studies, UM

Dr. Nicky Phear and Dr. Spencer will discuss the impacts of climate change and the innovative adaptation they have seen in Vietnam over the last seven years of leading study abroad programs in the Mekong Delta. They will also share information about the upcoming 2017-2018 Wintersession in Vietnam program, including a special early registration discount available for students who apply by May 1. 

Cover of book entitled A Christian in the Land of the GodsChristian Experience in 19th Century Japan: a Contemporary American Perspective

Wednesday, April 5, University Center Room 330. 12:00pm - 12:50pm
with Joanna Reed Shelton, UM Faculty Affiliate and author of A Christian in the Land of the Gods

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Japan’s Meiji Regime and the foundations of modern Japan after 250 years of near-total seclusion from the West. Ms. Shelton’s book sheds new light on Protestant missionaries’ work with Japan’s leading democracy activists and their role in helping transform Japan from a feudal nation ruled by shoguns, hereditary lords, and samurai to a leading industrial powerhouse and Asia’s first democracy.

Young ladies from Korea waving with blossoming trees in the background.Introduction to Korean Culture and Hallyu (Korean Wave)

Wednesday, April 12, Davidson Honors College Room 119. 12:00pm - 12:50pm
with Dr. Byeong-Keun You, lead instructor, Korean Language and Culture, Mansfield Center and Sanghyup Lee, Jisoo Han, and EunBee Seo, instructors, Korean Language and Culture, Mansfield Center Defense Critical Language and Culture Program.

This presentation explores Korean culture and Hallyu (Korean Wave). The audience will learn about Korean history, language, culture, tradition, and Korean popular culture. Especially, they will become familiar with the Hallyu of South Korea. The Hallyu became popular among Asian countries as Korean dramas were introduced in 1990s, and its impact has grown over time with K-pop even beyond Asia. South Korea has not only rich history and traditional culture but also dynamic modern pop culture which influences the world.

The Montana-Japan Connection: Reflections on the KAKEHASHI Project 
Student wearing traditional Japanese clothing

Tuesday, April 25, University Center Room 326. 12:30pm - 1:20pm 
with Participants in the 2016 KAKEHASHI Project study tour of Japan 

Montana and Japan have long shared strong ties, from Montana Senator Mike Mansfield’s decade as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan to Montana’s Japanese sister-city of Kumamoto. Last fall 23 UM students had the chance to travel to Japan on the KAKEHASHI Project. Participants will share what they learned about the economic, political, and cultural ties between Japan and Montana and Japan and the U.S.

Past Brown Bag Lecture Series