Mansfield Dialogues

The Mansfield Dialogues is a public lecture series designed to bring community together to discuss critical issues in international engagement and ethics in public affairs.

Maintaining Civility in an Age of Division

Maintaining Civility In An Age Of Division
Wednesday, December 1 7 PM MST

Does civility still exist in politics? Join four retiring long-time Montana legislators who will discuss how civility has changed in their communities and in the State Capitol, as well as their ideas on how to foster civil discourse in the political arena.

Featuring Republican legislators Frank Garner of Kalispell and Doug Kary of Billings, and Democratic legislators Mary McNally of Billings and Diane Sands of Missoula, in a conversation moderated by former Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion.


Frank Garner

Representative Frank Garner is a Republican legislator from Kalispell. He has served House District 7 since 2015. Garner is a veteran, retired chief of police, and retired chief of security for a major hospital.

Doug Kary

Senator Doug Kary is a Republican legislator from Billings. He served in the State House from 2011-2014, and has served in Senate District 22 since 2015. Kary is a retired graphic consultant.

Mary McNally

Senator Mary McNally is a Democratic legislator from Billings. She served in the State House from 2011-2014, and has served Senate District 24 since 2015. McNally is a retired professor of business.

Diane Sands

Senator Diane Sands is a Democratic legislator from Missoula. She served in the State House in 1997 and 2007-2012, and has served Senate District 49 since 2015. Sands is retired and previously worked as the director of the Montana Women’s History Project and development director at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

Previous Fall 2021 Dialogues


China's Civilian Army: Transformation to a Global Superpower
Wednesday, October 20

Peter Martin joins us for a discussion on his book, "China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy," which charts China's transformation from an isolated and impoverished communist state to a global superpower from the perspective of those on the front line: China's diplomats. Moderated by Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, the China reporter for Axios. 

Does the Constitution Establish a Democracy? Reflections on Voting Rights
Tuesday, September 21

A University of Montana Constitution Day Event

National Conservative and Progressive Experts share their understanding of voting, the Constitution, and where we are today.


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The Mansfield Dialogues are presented in partnership with the Project on American Democracy and Citizenship.