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November 23, 2020

Dr. Fauci answers Montana COVID-19 questions

MISSOULA, Mont. — The nation’s top infectious disease expert says Montana, along with other states in the country, is suffering, but Dr. Anthony Fauci has specific concerns about overwhelmed resources in rural states like ours.

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with NBC Montana, Fauci said the rate of cases going up right now is unprecedented, calling the numbers stunning and formidable.

November 18, 2020

UM seeks MCPS students for Vietnam exchange program

The University of Montana’s Mansfield Center is searching for 25 Missoula high school students to take an all-expense paid exchange trip to Vietnam to mark a quarter century of friendly relations with the country.

Funded by a $400,000 grant through the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, UM will select 25 Missoula County Public Schools sophomores and juniors to participate in the program, according to a UM press release.

November 17, 2020

Fauci to speak during University of Montana lecture

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, will talk with Montana audiences next year as the headlining speaker of the 2021 Mansfield Lecture in February.

The University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center has booked Fauci, the doctor millions of Americans have been watching during White House press briefings and on major news networks over the past year, for the event on Feb. 17, which will take place on Zoom.

November 17, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci featured speaker at Mansfield Center Lecture

MISSOULA — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, will speak at the Mansfield Center's lecture in February.

The University of Montana's Mike and Maureen Mansfield sponsors the yearly lecture where speakers can bring discussion of critical topics to a Montana audience.

November 15, 2020

Op-ed:  Connecting globally in a time of pandemic

By Lindsey Roosa

Mike Mansfield of Montana was a Marine, a miner and a professor even before he began his political career. He served as Senate Majority Leader, and later as Ambassador to Japan from 1977 to 1988, placing high value on integrity and ethics throughout his career. Even today, his influence can be seen in the strong connection between Montana and Japan. As a Japanese and political science double-major at the University of Montana, I have had the opportunity to witness this connection firsthand.

October 27, 2020

Mansfield Center Consortium Awarded $4.2 Million Grant

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, together with three U.S. partners, recently was awarded a joint $4.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to support international civic engagement efforts.

October 15, 2020

Op-ed:  Commitment to high school youth integral to Mansfield legacy

By Deena Mansour

“…a responsible government…will be concerned with the adequacy and equity of the educational opportunities which are available to all young people.”

—Mike Mansfield, Last Chance Press Club, Helena, March 1968

As a responsible branch of government, the University of Montana is committed to providing educational opportunities to all youth. While it is clear that we support university students, it may be less apparent how UM and the Mansfield Center also support high schoolers across the state.

October 4, 2020

Op-ed:  Honoring American democracy through civil discourse

By Deena Mansour

As a first generation American and child of Egyptian immigrants, I was raised to believe that the United States was the best country in the world. While we wove our Egyptian heritage into our lives in rural Iowa, Mississippi, and Wyoming, there was a clear reason my family came here. One could dismiss it as a simple desire for economic opportunity, but the real genesis of my parents’ move was their attraction to American democracy. In particular, it was their belief that what separated our democracy from other systems was its commitment to solving differences through dialogue. In America, people were committed to civil discourse: citizens gathered, listened, debated, and chose the best path forward for the common good.

August 10, 2020

Op-ed:  PALS program makes global connections in spite of pandemic barriers

By Mariah Thomas 

As a student at the University of Montana, I’ve had a chance to connect with peers across the world this summer through the Mansfield Center’s new Global PALS program, in spite of the barrier of a pandemic. Through this exchange, I’ve built a friendship and global awareness I never thought was possible virtually.

June 25, 2020

Op-ed:  Meeting the Challenges of Global Citizenship: Transforming Lives, Here and Abroad

By Billie Lee

At my age (somewhat past Medicare), one begins to think that they are beyond transformational experiences. In 2013, I was reminded that transformation is ageless, if you are open to opportunities wherever they may emerge. That year the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana introduced the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of State. This Professional Fellows Program offered exchange opportunities for young leaders from Southeast Asia to spend five weeks studying with the Mansfield Center in areas related to civic engagement, economic empowerment, governance, and sustainable development. Those selected for the program are placed with host families for part of their stay to help expand their local engagement.

May 17, 2020

Op-ed:  Women's leadership in a time of pandemic

By Dr. Nicky Phear and Dr. Christine Fiore

The COVID-19 pandemic has given us all a chance to pause, to reconsider our priorities, and to shape new norms for ourselves and expectations of our leaders. This time also gives us all a chance to step up as leaders for the collective good.

One source of inspiration this year has been the Women’s Leadership Initiative. This initiative involves a partnership between the University of Montana and Clearwater Credit Union, focused on a cohort of mid-career women, working on their own professional development and improving conditions for others.

April 23, 2020

Op-ed:  A two-front war: Fighting coronavirus and hate

By Steven I. Levine

President Trump has rightly described the national effort to defeat the corona virus epidemic as a war. Many have already died, and many more will die in this war, but we may be confident that we will ultimately prevail.

Unfortunately, as we battle the invisible enemy, Asian Americans across the country have been subjected to a wave of hate crimes, bigotry, and physical and verbal aggression by not a few of our fellow citizens. Asian Americans have been physically assaulted, spat upon, cursed in public and treated as if they were somehow responsible for the epidemic that they, like all Americans, are vigorously fighting. Some of these hostile acts have happened right here in Montana towns.