Mansfield Lecture Events

Annual Mansfield Lecture

Mansfield Lecture

Rebuilding America

Date: March 10, 2020, 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm
Location: Dennison Theatre, University of Montana

Speaker: Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best-selling author, Nicholas Kristof

We are honored to welcome Nicholas Kristof at the revival of our annual Mansfield Lecture, with his look at how economic and social upheaval has prevented millions from achieving the American Dream and how people are working together to rebuild that Dream. 

Kristof’s most recent book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, explores the deep structural problems in the U.S. that go far beyond its political divides, noting that these are problems caused by decades of policy decisions from all sides. Suicides are at their highest rate since World War II, one child in seven is living with a parent suffering from substance abuse, and health care is in crisis. Yet there are signs of hope as communities embrace new ways of addressing these issues, from job-retraining to early education for disadvantaged children. Kristof will explore the causes of the devastation to many communities in a frank and non-partisan way, and what is needed for the U.S. to rebuild the American Dream.

As a journalist for the New York Times, Kristof has covered presidential politics and interviewed everyone from President Obama to Iranian President Ahmadinejad. In 1990, Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Kristof won his second Pulitzer for his work documenting the genocide in Darfur. Kristof and WuDunn have authored four best-selling books—Half the Sky, A Path Appears, China Wakes, and Thunder from the East—and have just released their most recent book, Tightrope.

Learn more about Nicholas Kristof at his Facebook,, and Twitter,

Past Events

Fall 2019

Race, Hate, and Grace: What Does Justice Look Like After Community Violence?

Race, Hate, and Grace: What Does Justice Look Like After Community Violence?

Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

University Center Theater, UM

Featuring a screening of the documentary “Emanuel: The Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting” and Charleston pastor and civil rights activist Reverend Nelson B. Rivers III

On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof opened fire and killed nine people during a prayer service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The un-repentant Roof said he wanted to incite a race war and told victims that black people “had to go.” “Emanuel” powerfully weaves the history of race relations in Charleston, SC, the impact of Roof’s terrorist attack, and the story of the community who faced great loss and still found hope and even forgiveness in the aftermath of the church shooting. Reverend Rivers will follow the documentary screening with a discussion on the impact and the aftermath of the shooting.

This event is co-sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana and the Project on American Democracy & Citizenship.

Reverend Rivers' Biography

The Emanuel Documentary

Summer 2019

Using Sport to Advance Gender Equality


How Soccer is Challenging the Status Quo in the U.S. & Peru


Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Time: 7 pm 

Location: Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall, UM

Featuring U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary Susan Crystal and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox

U.S. State Department Peruvian Delegates

The Mansfield Center invites the public to attend its event “Using Sport to Advance Gender Equality: How Soccer is Challenging the Status Quo in the U.S. & Peru.” U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary Susan Crystal will open the evening, followed by an introduction by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox. Members of the U.S. Department of State Peruvian delegation will share about barriers to gender equality in Peru and how they are using soccer to challenge the status quo. Members of the audience are invited to participate in a Q&A with the speakers. A reception with light refreshments is to follow.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Sports Diplomacy, and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center.

David Steinberg and Abraham Kim during an Asian Leadership Forum lectureEthical public affairs and U.S.-Asian relations will play a major role in the future of the United States and the world. The Mansfield Leadership Forum invites national experts to speak to the Missoula community and to open a dialogue on questions critical to Missoula, Montana and the United States. All Leadership Forum lectures are free and open to the public.

Tiananmen: 30 Years Later

Tiananmen 30 Years Later Image 

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Time: 7 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall, UM

with Tiananmen Student Protest Leader/Survivor Ms. Rose Tang and Dr. Terry Weidner, a U.S. Embassy Analyst during the protest

Moderated by Dexter Roberts, former China Bureau Chief at Bloomberg Businessweek

Exactly thirty years ago, before a series of other regional “revolutions” blunted our hopes for change, the U.S. watched, captivated, as plucky Chinese students inspired millions in Beijing to defy Communist Party control, and then horrified, as People’s Liberation Army tanks moved in to crush the peaceful movement. In this special program, two people who “lived the moment" — an important Chinese student participant and a U.S. Embassy officer who tracked the movement— offer their personal memories and reflections on the movement and its legacy. In doing so, they will address some key issues, including the forces that sparked the protest and then sustained it; how student protestors inspired such massive support, why the Party used deadly force when the movement had long since peaked, and whether Tiananmen retains any relevance for those who live under continued authoritarian rule in China.

Co-sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center and the Montana World Affairs Council.

Rose Tang

Rose Tang

Rose Tang is a musician, multi-disciplinary artist, writer and activist based in Brooklyn. She’s from Sichuan and is of Mongol and Chinese descent. Surviving the Tiananmen Massacre as a student protest leader prompted her to become a journalist.Tang designed and taught an undergraduate course on Chinese news media at Princeton University, and was a journalist and newscaster for 12 years in Hong Kong, Australia and China with CNN, BBC, Reuters, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Hong Kong Standard newspaper.

Tang has been combining music, art and journalism with activism to promote social justice and human rights. In 2014, Tang was named “Champion for Freedom of Speech” by the Visual Artists Guild in Los Angeles, and she was named Journalist of the Year in 2005 by Society of Publishers, Asia.

Terry Weidner
Terry Weidner

Dr. Terry Weidner is a Mansfield Fellow and a retired professor of Chinese Politics. He has returned to his roots as a professor following seven years work in government (political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as a Chinese political and economic analyst for the Foreign Broadcast Information Service in Washington, DC) and stints as the Associate Director of International Programs at the University of Kansas (1993-98), Director of the Asian Affairs Center at the University of Missouri (1998-2003) and Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM (2003-2012) . His academic interests included Chinese political economy, Chinese foreign policy and U.S.-China relations.

Spring 2019

Beyond the Media: Stories of Migration from Central America

Fingerprint flags of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Time: 7 pm

Location: The Public House (130 E East Broadway, Missoula) 

A panel to promote dialogue and learn why migration occurs, with perspectives from the other side of the border. Featuring visitors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Joined by UM Political Science Professor Paul Haber and Law Professor Anthony Johnstone. Moderated by Bob Seidenschwarz, President Emeritus of World Affairs Council.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Sports Diplomacy, and the Montana World Affairs Council. 

Fall 2018

The nexus of politics and economics: Is the Korean Peninsula on the verge of peace and unification?

Date and Time: Thursday, November 29, 6:30 pm

Location: Gallagher Business Building room 106, UM

Speakers: Thomas J. Byrne, President of The Korea Society; and Philip Yun, Executive Director of Ploughshares Fund and former Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of Defense

After the landmark meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, the prospects for peace on the Korean Peninsula seemed greater than ever. As negotiations between the United States and North Korea drag on, however, tensions are rising once more. While South Korea continues to support the peace talks, the future of the peninsula is looking more uncertain. Thomas Byrne and Philip Yun will share with the audience their insights into the current political and economic challenges and opportunities that peace and potential unification face.

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Montana World Affairs Council.

Thomas J. Byrne Biography 

Philip Yun Biography

A native American man in western dress riding a horse surrounded by buffaloIn the Spirit of ʔAtatíc̓eʔ: The Untold Story of the National Bison Range 

Free Documentary Film Showing

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Time: Doors open at 7 pm & showing begins at 8 pm

Location: The Wilma (131 S Higgins Ave, Missoula) 

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes present In the Spirit of ʔAtatíc̓eʔ: The Untold Story of the National Bison Range, which shares the true story of the foundation of Montana’s National Bison Range long told by Tribal elders but not widely shared until now. In the nineteenth century buffalo had been slaughtered to the edge of extinction and began to fade from the landscape until a Ql̓ispé (Pend d ’Oreille) man named ʔAtatíc̓eʔ and his son helped the bison survive by bringing buffalo calves over the Continental Divide and starting a herd on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The film depicts the Salish, Ql̓ispé and Kootenai peoples’ ongoing struggles, against the backdrop of seismic disruptions to their communities and cultures, to prevail in their efforts to care for the buffalo. 

Using a cross-section of Tribal members to relate their history, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and filmmaker Daniel Glick produced the 30 minute In the Spirit of ʔAtatíc̓eʔ: The Untold Story of the National Bison Range to unveil a narrative that continues to reverberate today. The Wilma screening is supported by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, the Wilderness Society, and the National Wildlife Federation. More information is available on the Logjam Presents website.

Statue of the Mansfields withs the words a lifetime of service, an enduring legacy, honoring the MansfieldsHonoring the Mansfields

Date: Friday, October 19

Time: 4:45 pm

Location: Commons between the University Center and the Mansfield Library

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center and the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library will welcome members of the Mansfield Family to the University of Montana to honor the legacy of Maureen and Mike Mansfield on Friday, October 19. Mansfield family members will share their memories of Senator and Ambassador Mansfield and his wife before a new plaque honoring the couple is dedicated at their statues in the commons between the University Center and the Mansfield Library. The new plaque will feature Ambassador Mansfield’s military career as well as his political career, and is sponsored by Special Forces Association 28. The dedication will take place on Friday, October 19 at 4:45 pm at the statues and is open to the public.

Prior to his long-standing service as a U.S. Representative, Senator, and Ambassador, Mansfield also served in the U.S. armed forces. At age 14, Mansfield lied about his age and enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War I. Though he was eventually discharged from the Navy when they discovered his age, after WWI Mansfield joined the U.S. Army and then the U.S. Marines. He was honorably discharged in 1922.  Special Forces Association 28 is honoring Mansfield’s service with the new plaque they have sponsored for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield statues. SFA28 is the Montana Chapter of the Special Forces Association. SFA28 supports members and veterans of the Special Forces, along with their families, and works to educate the general public about the Special Forces and its history.

China Town HallCHINA Town Hall

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 9, 4-6 pm

Location: Davidson Honors College room 119

U.S. Live Webcast Speaker:  Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor

On-Site Speaker: I. Allen Barber II, President, Denver-Hainan Corporation and China Trade Advisor to the Western Governors’ Association and National Governors’ Association

Webcast Moderator: Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations 

During the webcast, Secretary Rice will answer a selection of questions submitted by the audience. Questions may be submitted on October 9 and during the webcast through Twitter using the hashtag #CTH18 or tag @NCUSCR.

China's rapid development and U.S.-China relations have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in the United States. As increasing tariffs and an escalating trade war re-define U.S.-China relations, communities and businesses will have to develop new strategies for working with the United States' largest trading partner.

CHINA Town Hall is a national conversation on China taking place in 100+ communities throughout the United States and in Greater China. The Town Hall will begin with a live national webcast broadcast to 100+ venues across the United States and China featuring former secretary of state and national security advisor Condoleezza Rice discussing U.S.-China relations. Following the webcast, I. Allen Barber II, China trade expert and advisor to the Western Governors’ Association and National Governors’ Association, will speak on site about the potential future of U.S.-China trade relations and how communities and businesses can continue to work with valuable trading partners in China. 

Allen Barber recommends the following speeches by President Xi Jinping for those seeking greater insight into China's current perspective.

A New Starting Point for China's Development, A new Blueprint for Global Growth

President Xi's Speech to Davos

Secure a Decisive Victory in Building a Moderately Prosperous Society in All Respects

Closing Speech to the National's People's Congress, March 20, 2018

CHINA Town Hall is co-sponsored by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

For more than half a century, the National Committee on U.S. China Relations has been on the front lines of the dynamic Sino-American relationship, from the historic U.S. tour of the Chinese ping pong team to President Xi Jinping's 2015 visit to Seattle. Throughout their history, they have fostered constructive relations for the benefit of both countries and the global community. As the relationship has evolved and grown in complexity over time, the National Committee has responded to immediate crises and systemic shifts by providing a platform for dialogue and by creating relevant, high-impact programs.

Spring 2018Creating, Preserving, and Defending the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Creating, Preserving, and Defending the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Date and Time: Thursday, April 12 at 7 PM

Location: Gallagher Business Building room 123, UM

Speaker: Andrew Light, former Senior Adviser and India Counselor to the U.S. Special Envoy on Climate Change, and Staff Climate Adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry

In December 2015 over 190 countries met in Paris for the 21st meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where they succeeded in creating a new and ambitious international climate agreement. Many have heralded the outcome as a groundbreaking achievement for international diplomacy and global climate action. Others have argued that the climate commitments in it are ultimately too weak to achieve the agreements’ lofty aspirations. The Paris Agreement is now undergoing an unexpectedly early stress test with the announcement of the intended withdraw of the United States. Dr. Andrew Light will explore the significance of the agreement and why it is worth fighting for by reviewing the recent history of the UN climate negotiations and how this outcome evolved from earlier failed attempts in this process, finally overcoming the immense hurdle of justly assigning responsibility for hitting global emission reduction targets. He will also look at what the future holds for global climate cooperation, including indications of how different communities are prepared to defend the agreement and continue coordinated action on this increasingly urgent problem.

This event is co-sponsored by The Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program, The Project on American Democracy and Citizenship, and UM Climate Change Studies Program.

Environmental Philosophy: 30 years of Big Changes

Date and Time: Friday, April 13th from 12PM to 1PM

Location: Davidson Honors College Lounge, UM

Andrew Light, University Professor, George Mason University & Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute, Christopher Preston, Professor of Philosophy , UM, Philosophy, Albert Borgmann, Regents Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, UM

Join leading environmental philosophers Andrew Light and Christopher Preston, along with Albert Borgmann, for an armchair discussion on the past and future environmental philosophy. The discussion will examine the big themes in environmental philosophy over the last three decades and how those theme might change in the future. In what ways have environmental philosophy changed (or failed to change) policy.

About Andrew Light

Andrew LightAndrew Light is University Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Atmospheric Sciences at George Mason University, and Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Climate Program at the World Resources Institute, in Washington, D.C. From 2013-2016 he served in the Obama administration as Senior Adviser and India Counselor to the U.S. Special Envoy on Climate Change, and Staff Climate Adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry in the Office of Policy Planning in the U.S. Department of State. In this capacity he served on the senior strategy team for the UN climate negotiations, Director of the Interagency Climate Change Working Group for negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and Director of the U.S.-India Joint Working Group for Combating Climate Change, among other duties. In recognition of this work, Andrew was awarded the inaugural Public Philosophy Award, from the International Society for Environmental Ethics in June 2017, which has been renamed the “Andrew Light Award,” the inaugural Alain Locke Award for Public Philosophy, from the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy in March 2016, and a Superior Honor Award, from the U.S. Department of State in July 2016, for his work on creating and negotiating the Paris Agreement on climate change. Since leaving government service, he has been a frequent commentator on U.S. and international climate policy in dozens of media outlets, including the New York Times, Politico, Vox, Axios, The Globe and Mail, The Observer, The Guardian, Mother Jones, NPR, Marketplace, CNN, CBS, ABC, and Fox Business. In his academic career, Andrew is the author of over 100 articles and book chapters, primarily on the normative dimensions of climate change, restoration ecology, and urban sustainability, and has authored, co-authored, and edited 19 books, including Environmental Values (2008), Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice (2003), Environmental Pragmatism (1996), and the forthcoming Ethics in the Anthropocene.