Mansfield Center Spring and Fall Lecture Series

Every semester, the Mansfield Center 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. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the lecture.

Spring 2018

Mosque in Xinjiang, ChinaPerfecting the Surveillance State: New Developments in Xinjiang, China’s Muslim Borderland 

Wednesday, February 14, 12:00pm - 12:50pm. University Center Room 326.


Speaker: Eric Schluessel, Director of East Asian Studies and Assistant Professor, History and Political Science, UM

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.

Why Women's Leadership Matters, from Montana to Myanmar  Classroom in Laos

Wednesday, February 28, 12:00pm - 12:50pm. University Center Room 332.


Speaker: Jen Euell, Program Director, Women’s Foundation of Montana and participant in the U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Program. 

Research shows that women's leadership improves outcomes and leads to increased community resilience and strength globally.  However, cultural and structural differences lead to disparities in the number of women who serve in leadership, as well as differences in the justification and support for their leadership and accepted women's leadership styles. Jen Euell has just returned from a trip to South East Asia as a participant in the Mansfield Center's YSEALI Professional Exchange Program.  Euell will share her insights and recommendations, as she observed women's leadership development efforts in Myanmar and Laos, and shared knowledge of strategies and resources for growing women's leadership and opportunities from Myanmar to Montana.

Military machines and equipmentThe Military Situation in the Korean Peninsula and the Military Partnership between South Korea and the United States

Wednesday, March 14, 12:00pm - 12:50pm. NAC Room 103.


Speakers: Dr. Byeong-Keun You, Associate Professor; Owen Sirrs, Adjunct Professor; Sanghyup Lee, Adjunct Professor; and Jisoo Han, Adjunct Professor; Korean Language and Culture, Mansfield Center Defense Critical Language and Culture Program, UM

Since Kim Jong Un became the supreme leader of North Korea in 2011, the military tension has intensified in the Korean peninsula. The United States and South Korea have been conducting stronger joint military exercises to deter North Korea’s provocative testing of nuclear weapons and launching of intercontinental missiles. In spite of multiple sanctions from the United Nations and the Trump administration’s harsh warnings, North Korea has not stopped the provocation. This presentation explores the current military situation in the Korean peninsula and the military partnership between South Korea and the United States. In addition, the audience will be able to learn and discuss various issues such as North Korean military capability--including nuclear and chemical weapons—neighboring foreign countries’ interests in the Korean peninsula, reunification, and human rights in North Korea.

Building in JapanBeyond Business: Expanding Japanese-Montana relations through the KAKEHASHI Project

Wednesday, April 11, 12:00pm - 12:50pm. University Center Room 326.


Speakers: Returning student participants in the KAKEHASHI Project exchange program. 

Japan and Montana have a long history of friendship and economic ties. This March, 23 UM students visited Japan as part of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign-Affairs sponsored KAKEHASHI Project to learn more about how Japanese business, culture, and politics impact Montana and the world. Participants will share insights and highlights from their trip.  

Mary NellisScratching the Surface:  A Fulbrighter’s Perspective on South Korea

Wednesday, April 18, 12:00pm - 12:50pm. University Center Room 326.


Speaker: Mary Nellis, International Student Advisor, Global Engagement, International Students and Scholars, UM.

In June 2017, Mary Nellis joined a group of eight International Educators from across the US to participate in the Fulbright International Educators Seminar (AIEA) in South Korea.  This two week seminar introduces American International Educators to the higher education system in Korea, introduces the group to their Korean counterparts in international education, and exposes them to a wide range of cultural activities.   Join Mary as she talks about the Fulbright AIEA experience, professional perspectives, and cultural themes that emerged throughout the trip.  

Past Mansfield Center Lecture Series