Center Voices

Communication is at the heart of the Mansfield Center mission to foster globally minded leaders of integrity. Our new blog -- Center Voices – supports this mission by serving as a platform for a wide range of views on issues, including controversial matters about which reasonable persons may well disagree. We invite posts from Mansfield Center fellows, Advisory Board members, affiliates of the Center, and University of Montana students, faculty, and staff. The blog will be moderated by the Center to ensure that rules of civil discourse are observed.

April 21, 2021

Introducing Center Voices to Promote Civil Discourse

By Deena Mansour, Executive Director

Senator Mike Mansfield

Montana’s greatest statesman, Senator Mike Mansfield was well aware that maintaining democratic principles was a constant challenge. In 1963, at the height of the Cold War, he observed, “… I would point out that the contact among peoples and among nations during the past quarter of a century has also brought with it one great negative result. It has brought an increase in human hostility. Whatever the compound of fear, lack of understanding, aggressiveness and arrogance which has produced this hostility, it is a most dangerous phenomenon.”

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