Mansfield Lectures

Our premier yearly lecture, the Annual Mansfield Lecture features speakers who can bring discussion of critical topics to an audience drawn from throughout Montana.

2021 Mansfield Lecture:

A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci

Wednesday, February 17 at 12:00 pm MST, on Zoom

The Mansfield Center is honored to host Dr. Anthony Fauci for the 2021 Mansfield Lecture. In a conversation and public Q&A, Dr. Fauci will address such questions as:  Where are we with Covid-19? How transformational is a vaccine and what challenges are there for distributing vaccines in the U.S. and around the world? When will we "get back to normal," and what will "normal" be like in the coming months and years? As we look to the future, what are the main lessons we should learn from this pandemic?

Following the discussion, Associate Director for Science Management for Rocky Mountain Laboratories Dr. Marshall Bloom will discuss the unique resource we have in Montana of the Rocky Mountain Labs and how the Labs play a key role in our nation's health by addressing infectious disease threats.

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Robert Saldin, Director of the Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Anthony S. FauciAnthony S. Fauci, M.D. is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio focused on infectious and immune-mediated diseases. As the long-time chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation, Dr. Fauci has made many seminal contributions in basic and clinical research and is one of the world’s most-cited biomedical scientists. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.


Additional Speakers: 

Dr. Marshall BloomDr. Marshall Bloom, Associate Director for Science Management for Rocky Mountain Laboratories
National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health

Dr. Bloom received his M.D. in 1971 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MI, and then joined the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) of NIAID in 1972 as a research associate. From 1975 to 1977, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the NIAID Laboratory of the Biology of Viruses on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. He returned to RML as a tenured investigator in 1977 and was a charter member of the Laboratory of Persistent Viral Diseases. He is a world expert in the molecular biology and pathogenesis of parvoviruses and is considered an authority in biocontainment. In 2004, Dr. Bloom’s research group changed its focus to the pathogenesis of tickborne flaviviruses. In 2002, Dr. Bloom was appointed associate director for RML in NIAID’s Division of Intramural Research, and among his duties have been program supervision of the permitting, construction, and staffing of NIAID's first biosafety level-4 facility. In 2008, Dr. Bloom was named associate director for science management for RML in NIAID’s Division of Intramural Research. He has also served as acting chief of the NIAID new Laboratory of Virology and acting chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Human Bacterial Pathogenesis.

Robert SaldinRobert Saldin is the Director of the Mansfield Center's Ethics and Public Affairs Program and a Professor of Political Science. Dr. Saldin has a background in health and health policy, as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University from 2010-2012; author of “When Bad Policy Makes Good Politics: Running the Numbers on Health Reform”; and professor of a course on health policy.

His most recent book is Never Trump: The Revolt of the Conservative Elites (Oxford University Press, 2020), co-authored with Steven Teles. His scholarly articles have appeared in outlets such as The Journal of Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Policy History, Political Research Quarterly, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. He has also written extensively for the popular press, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and National Affairs. Previously, he was the Patrick Henry Scholar at Johns Hopkins University, a Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies.

2020 Lecture

The 2020 Mansfield Lecture was given by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof.  His lecture was titled "Rebuilding America,” and provided an in-depth look at how economic and social upheaval has prevented millions from achieving the American dream and how people are working together to rebuild upward mobility.  Read more about the event in this article.