ForUM: News from the University of Montana

April 7, 2014  |  Vol. 43, No. 12  |
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Harvard Scholar to Lecture About China
Since Tiananmen Square Protests

Rowena Xiaoqing He, a lecturer in Harvard University’s Department of Government, will deliver a talk titled “1989 as Watershed: China Since Tiananmen” as part of the President’s Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

She also will deliver a seminar earlier that same day in collaboration with the UM Philosophy Forum. “Romance and Revolution: China Since Tiananmen” will be held from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both events are free and open to the public, and the evening lecture is presented in collaboration with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center.

Read more: Harvard Scholar to Lecture at UM About China Since Tiananmen Square Protests

UM Works to Help Vets Create Degree Plans

UM is working to bolster veteran support and services on campus, including launching an effort to help students create degree plans and revitalizing the UM chapter of Student Veterans of America.

Several UM programs have increased their advising services over the past few years with great success. Now, through the direction of the Undergraduate Advising Center, more than 40 advisers across campus will work with students receiving Veterans Affairs Education Benefits. This will help ensure that veterans or children and spouses of vets have a declared major and a plan to keep on track with their degree.

The VA now requires students to have a degree plan if they receive the Education Benefit, and with supportive advising, students who may come to the University with a variety of skills and transfer credits based on their military experience can plot the best way to get the most from their education.

Read more: UM Works to Create Degree Plans for Vets, Revitalize Student Group

National Geographic Editor to Lecture at UM

Chris Johns, editor-in-chief of National Geographic, will deliver the UM School of Journalism’s 57th annual Dean Stone Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the University Center Theater. 

Johns’ lecture is titled “Looking Beyond 125 Years.” The event is free and open to the public.

Johns was named executive vice president and group editorial director of the National Geographic Society in June 2013. He has been editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine since January 2005, serving as the ninth editor of the magazine since its founding in 1888. 

Read more: National Geographic Editor to Lecture at UM

More News

Event to Discuss Climate Change Threats to Grizzly Bears
Acclaimed Poet Bob Pack to Read at UM
University Villages Plans Herbicide Application
Conference at UM Features Undergraduate Research
ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center to Host Housing and Community Resources Fair
UM Hosts Career Fair for Educators
Montana Institute on Ecosystems to Present UM Lecture
UM Delivers Programs for Students, Children with Autism
UM to Host 55 Upward Bound Students During Six-Week Summer Program

University Council Meeting Slated for Tuesday

The April meeting of the University Council will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in University Center Rooms 332-333. Associate Director of Planning and Construction Kevin Krebsbach will present “Update on Our Building Projects.” 

The monthly University Council meetings allow members of the campus and Missoula communities opportunities to discuss campuswide issues and University initiatives. Council members include representatives from the Staff and Faculty senates, ASUM, the University Faculty Association, the Montana Public Employees Union, UM administrators and the community. 

Meetings include 30 minutes for the presentation and 30 minutes for general discussion. Light refreshments will be available.

Program Hosts Conference on Race, Writing

The UM Creative Writing Program will host a three-day conference titled “Thinking Its Presence: Race and Creative Writing” Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12. The conference will examine innovative creative writing and scholarship that rethinks the complex, inseparable links between literary forms and the racialized thinking, processes and histories that have shaped this country since its founding.

The panels and readings will bring to the discipline and teaching of creative writing perspectives from critical race theory, poetics, performance studies, literary theory, ethnic literature and Native American and indigenous studies. Featured poets and writers include Meena Alexander, Sherwin Bitsui, Benedicte Boisseron, Kimiko Hahn, John Keene, Jess Row, Kathryn Shanley, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Lehua M. Taitano, Lois Welch and many other established writers and scholars.
The conference is free for UM students, alumni, faculty and staff. It costs $50 for non-UM affiliates for three days or $20 for one day. Volunteers can attend for free but must register as volunteers. Events will be held in the University Center, Holiday Inn Downtown and at Shakespeare & Co. Some events require registration. For more information or to register, visit

Student Forum Held for AISS Director Search

The American Indian Student Services director plays a critical role in fostering a campus community that supports Native American students in their transition to college and throughout their academic career. President Royce Engstrom, Vice President of Student Affairs Teresa Branch and Provost Perry Brown invite UM students to a forum to share their ideas and perspective on the University’s search for a new AISS director.

The forum will be held on Friday, April 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in The Payne Family Native American Center Room 105. The search for the new AISS director currently is open and accepting applications. Initial screening of applications will begin on April 14. The position announcement is available here.
A link to the UM Jobs website is available at the bottom of this newsletter. Check the link often to see new faculty and staff position openings at the University.

Humanities Funding Advice Sessions Available

Russell Wyland, deputy director of the Division of Research Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities, will visit UM and offer three opportunities for faculty and graduate students to seek expert guidance on applying for NEH funding April 8-9.

  • Tuesday-Wednesday: One-on-one consultations
  • Wednesday: "Funding Opportunities from NEH," 8:30-10 a.m.
  • Wednesday: "Writing Competitive Proposals: A Mock Review Panel Presentation," 10:30-noon
An RSVP is required for all events. Visit for details.
Faculty, Staff and Retiree Receptions will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on the Friday afternoons listed below in the Davidson Honors College Lounge. Spring semester dates and event sponsors are:
  • April 18: UM Foundation and College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences
  • May 9: UM Dining, Student Affairs and Campus Recreation
Hopkins, T.; Larson, Andrew J.; Belote, R. Travis. 2014. “Contrasting Effects of Wildfire and Ecological Restoration in Old-Growth Western Larch Forests.” Forest Science. Volume 60, Issue 2. Published online at
Vanita, Ruth. 2014. “Speech” and “Love, Like, Hate, Adore: A Villanelle.” Suvarnarekha: An Anthology of Indian Women Poets Writing in English. Poetry Society of India.
  • Global Health in the Global South: Montana's Mountains Beyond Mountains: "15 in this Minute: Addressing Childhood Mortality, Aid Equity and the Social Detriments of Health," Michele Sare, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gallagher Business Building Room 106.
  • Taboo Series: "Witchcraft," 7 p.m., University Center Rooms 332-333.
  • Wilderness Institute Lecture Series: “Keeping it Wild in the 21st Century: Wilderness for a New Generation,” UM students, mentors and program coordinators, 7:10-8:30 p.m., UC Theater.
  • Law Week Workshop: "Research in Legal Practice," Jameson Law Library staff, noon-1 p.m., School of Law Room 101. Approved for one CLE credit.
  • Mansfield Center Brown Bag Lecture Series: "Afghan Women and Children: Silent Victims of Human Trafficking," Shaima Khinjani, 12:10-1 p.m., University Center Rooms 326-327.
  • Curry Health Center Workshop: "Healthy Relationships," 5-6 p.m., Curry Health Center Counseling Office, west entrance, downstairs. Open to UM students.
  • Conservation and Social Science Seminar: "How Water Law can Adapt to Protect the Fishery," Michelle Bryan Mudd, 4:10 p.m., Forestry Building Room 301.