"Japan's Emerging Role in the World"
The 1991 Mansfield Conference discussed Japan's identity and changing international roles, including those related to development and aid, peace and security, and economics.
"Nature as a Resouce, Nature as a Home"
This Conference explored the historical and cultural background of our view of nature and how that view has shaped environmental attitudes and policy in a world often divided by conflicting values regarding nature and its use.
"Ending the Cold War in Asia"
Topics addressed in the 1993 Conference include the role of the United Nations in Asia, Korea and its future, and China's role in the "New Asia."
"Imagining a Global Community"
Themes at this Conference included "Orientalism and Occidentalism in the Global Community: the Arabs and the West," "Violence, Conflict and the New World Order," "How Film and Television Shape our View of the Globe," and "The Global Community in Asian Historical Perspectives."
"Landscapes and Communities in Asia and the Pacific Northwest"
The 1995 Mansfield Conference offered a forum for discussing the ways in which communities impact the environment. Related topics included bio-diversity and community in the Pacific Northwest, and grassroots volunteerism and communities in Japan.
"Religious Values and the Political Process"
The main events of the 1996 Mansfield Conference attempted to clarify the relationship between religious values and the political process. Participants specifically discussed the roles of Christianity, Islam, and Confucianism in the American political realm and in the increasingly religiously and ethnically divided Middle East.
"Creating Homes in American and Asian Environments"
The 1997 Conference and related events focused on both the cultural and the material dimensions of making living spaces, and examined the relationship between natural resources and the homes built from them.
"The Healing Arts in American and Asian Cultures "
The Healing Arts Conference, the most extensive Mansfield Center Conference to date, presented such topics as "Preserving the Essence of Medicine," "Dying Healthy," "Fears of Mortality," "Integrative Health Care," "Acupuncture," "Healing Music," "the Re-emergence of Traditional Indian Medicine," "Homeopathy," "Reiki," "Cancer, Courage, and Creativity," and "Alternative Medicine Resources on the World Wide Web."
"Giving Life to Ten Thousand Things: Water in Asia and in the West"
The 1999 Mansfield Conference addressed issues of water and culture, water rights, and the political policy surrounding water. Presenters specifically discussed the Three Gorges Project in China and issues concerning Montana's own Clark Fork River.
"Feeding the Hungry"
The 2000 Conference, which focused on food security and genetic technology, addressed the basic need for food at local, national, and international levels. Presentation topics included "The Global Food Fight: Genetically Modified Foods at Home and Abroad," "Food Insecurity in Our Backyard," and "Crossing Tomatoes and Trout: The Ethics of Playing God."
For additional information on any of the Mansfield Center Conferences, please contact us, by phone, (406)-243-2988 or e-mail.
The Mansfield Center
Level 4, Mansfield Library
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
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