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.

Fall 2017

Southeast Asian and US students on a farm in MontanaThe Future of Collaboration and Climate Change: Regional Perspectives at ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary

Thursday, September 14, University Center Room 332. 12:00pm - 12:50pm
with Asian Fellows in the Young Southeast Asian Initiative on Global on Environmental Issues. A special offering of the U.S. Department of State.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as the 40th anniversary of U.S.-ASEAN relations. As climate change impacts begin to transform the region's weather, food security, and economic growth, it is increasingly clear that addressing these issues requires regional cooperation. Southeast Asian Fellows studying environmental issues in the U.S. will share their perspectives on how climate change is impacting their countries and what steps the region needs to take to build a better future for all. They will also comment on the global nature of these issues as evidenced during their Montana study.

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the United States’ signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, promote regional collaboration on problems, and nurture an ASEAN community. Our Fellows represent Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, and the Philippines.

JET to Japan LogoPlan to JET to Japan! Teaching English in Japan

Thursday, September 28, University Center Room 330. 12:00pm - 12:50pm
with Chelsea Robinson, JET Program Coordinator, Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle

The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program is a competitive employment opportunity that offers you the chance to live and work in Japan. Those selected will travel to Japan to work as either an Assistant Language Teacher or a Coordinator for International Relations as part of the larger JET community. Join us to learn more about the application process as well as the salary, benefits, and support offered to JET teachers.

Student sitting on boat on the Mekhong RiverManaging Natural Resources in a Changing Climate in the Mekong Delta 

Thursday, October 5, University Center Room 327. 12:00pm - 12:50pm
with Truong Quoc Hung, Deputy Director General, Office of the Institute for Legislative Studies under the Standing Committee of the National Assembly of Vietnam and Dan Spencer, Professor of Environmental Studies, UM.

Vietnam is a country rich in natural resources with a rapidly growing economy and a population eager to build better lives for themselves and their children. How does a developing country balance economic development and natural resource use, especially as climate change threatens to upset balances throughout the region?

Mr. Truong Quoc Hung of the Office of the Institute for Legislative Studies, which provides research and information for Vietnam's National Assembly members, will discuss Vietnam's natural resource management policy, and Dr. Dan Spencer will provide a brief introduction into how UM's Wintersession in Vietnam program allows students to study these issues first hand.

Collage of photos showing southeast asian fellows work on issues of education, human rights, and conservation.Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asia: Young Leaders Tackling Education, Human Rights, and Conservation

Wednesday, October 25, University Center Room 332. 12:00pm - 12:50pm
with Southeast Asian Fellows in the YSEALI Professional Fellows Program. A special offering of the U.S. Department of State.

The Professional Fellows Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed by the Mansfield Center. The focus for 2017 is Civil Society Development. The program for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam is designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build sustainable partnerships between emerging leaders from foreign countries and the U.S. 

Chronicling Climate Change: An Environmental Journalist in Indonesia

Wednesday, November 8, University Center Room 333. 12:00pm - 12:50pm
with Matthew Frank, Fellow in Regional Journalism, O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West

The State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs sent Matthew Frank, a fellow in regional journalism at UM's O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West, to Indonesia for a two-week speaking tour on environmental journalism. His discussions with dozens of journalists in four different cities revealed troubling realities: scant public interest in the country's many environmental problems, media conglomerates discouraging coverage of these problems, and journalists' lack of access to places in peril. Matthew will discuss these challenges and consider how Indonesian journalists can amplify their voices.

The Chinese flag flies over a building in XinjiangPerfecting the Surveillance State: New Developments in Xinjiang, China’s Muslim Borderland

Unfortunately, this lecture has been postponed until February of 2018. Thank you for your continued support of our Brown Bag lectures!

Since 2000, the People's Republic of China has used Xinjiang, a Muslim-majority region on its Central Asian borders, as a testing ground for overt and covert techniques of surveillance and control. This talk will trace the gradual development of a security regime that creates "useful instability" by systematically targeting religious and ethnic minorities, and then incentivizing officials to punish dissent. New data from the field shows that the Chinese state has achieved an unprecedented degree of control in Xinjiang, even as its eastern cities develop the appearance of liberalization.

Past Brown Bag Lecture Series