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.
Politics Under China's "New Mao": The Good, The Bad, and The Downright Ugly
Wednesday, February 18 at 12:10 pm in University Center Room 333
with Dr. Terry Weidner, Professor of Chinese Politics, UM
Since coming to office in 2013, new Chinese leader Xi Jinping seems to have accumulated more power than any modern Chinese leader since Mao, presiding over a newly assertive foreign policy and suppressing human rights, but also launching an unprecedented anti-corruption campaign that some say is a vital precedent for economic leveling and reform. This talk will look at some of the key challenges facing Xi and assess the complex motives that may currently be at play in his political maneuvers.
Deep in the Delta: Studying Climate Change in Vietnam
Wednesday, March 11 at 12:10 pm in the Mansfield Center, Mansfield Library 4th floor
with Nicky Phear, Climate Change Studies Instructor and Program Coordinator, UM
and Mara Menahan, UM study abroad student participant
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. Dr. Phear and Ms. Menahan will address these challenges while giving an overview of UM's 4-week Wintersession in Vietnam program.
Sustainable Rural Development in Cambodia: Participatory NGO Approaches and Student Internship Opportunities
Tuesday, March 17 at 4:00 pm in the Payne Family Native American Center Room 105
with Dr. Phyllis Ngai, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, UM, in partnership with the International Development Studies Program.
How does the global rhetoric of sustainable development translate in Cambodia? This presentation explores local Cambodian NGOs’ interpretations of the participatory approach to rural sustainable development. Students who are interested in internship opportunities in Cambodia, come and find out how you can help local NGOs carry out their mission!
"JET to Japan!" - Working in Japan with the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program
Tuesday, March 24 at 3:00 pm in University Center Room 326
with Matthew Niemi, Media Relations and Public Outreach Specialist, and 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 learn more about the program from Matthew Niemi, a JET alumni who worked as a Coordinator of International Relations at the Yamagata Prefectural Government Office from 2005-2007 on the program. He has over 12 years of experience living and working in Japan and has been coordinating the JET program since last year for the Consulate General of Japan in Seattle.
Peaceful Islam, or, Much Ado About ISIS
Wednesday, April 15 at 12:10 pm in University Center Room 333
with Dr. Abdelilah Bouasria, Arabic Lead Instructor, 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? Like Neo in the movie The Matrix, we can either take the “Green” Pill or the “Red” pill, or be like Master Yoda in front of the Jedi Council: "Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you."