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.

Previous Spring 2022 Dialogues

Rethinking China: Shifting Goals and Ambitions

May 3, 2022

The Mansfield Center is honored to host this conversation on the future of the U.S.-China relationship and what it means for the world. The event features Hoover Institution Fellow Elizabeth Economy and Wall Street Journal Chief China Correspondent Lingling Wei and commemorates the 50th anniversary of Mike Mansfield’s historic April 1972 visit to China. Mansfield Fellow and award-winning journalist Dexter Tiff Roberts will provide an introduction.

Sam Donaldson: The Long View

April 26, 2022

Veteran ABC newsman Sam Donaldson looks back on a half-century in the news business, covering everything from the civil rights movement to the Vietnam War to Watergate, and every presidential administration from Lyndon B. Johnson to Barack Obama. Donaldson discusses the sweeping changes in journalism and its critical role in democracy and provide perspective on today's turbulent times. The conversation is moderated by Newsy National Correspondent Maritsa Georgiou and Author and Journalist Gwen Florio.

Reflections on the Challenges and Opportunities for Bipartisanship

April 11, 2022

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte reflects on the challenges and opportunities for politicians and citizens working together across the aisle.

A Question of Respect
February 24, 2022

Political Strategists Celinda Lake and Ed Goeas discuss recent polling data on ‘civil war’ versus ‘civility’: What is contributing to the current polarization and public discourse? How does this political climate impact the hopes and dreams of America’s youth? Lake, a Montanan and veteran Democratic pollster, and Goeas, a veteran Republican pollster, have partnered for over 20 years on the nationally recognized ‘Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service Battleground Poll,’ one of the country’s most respected national political research programs.

Resuscitating the American Republic: Fidelity to One Another, the Cause of Freedom, and the Country's Future

January 26, 2022

Former Montana Governor and Republican National Committee Chair, Marc Racicot, addressed fidelity and risks to our republic, our fellow citizens, and our shared values, in a conversation introduced by new UM Provost Dr. Pardis Mahdavi and moderated by veteran political reporter Chuck Johnson.


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