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.



Resuscitating the American Republic: Fidelity to One Another, the Cause of Freedom, and the Country's Future
January 26, 2022 at 7 p.m. MST via Zoom

Former Montana Governor and Republican National Committee Chair, Marc Racicot, will address 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.


  • Marc Racicot

    Marc Racicot

    Marc Racicot served as president and chief executive officer of the American Insurance Association from August, 2005 to February, 2009. Prior to that, he was a partner at the law firm of Bracewell & Patterson from 2001 to 2005 in Washington, D.C. He is a former governor (1993 to 2001) and attorney general (1989 to 1993) of the state of Montana. Racicot also served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2002 until 2003. Throughout his career, Racicot has been committed to children, education and community issues. He was appointed to the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service by President William Clinton and has also served on the boards of Carroll College and the Lewis & Clark County United Way in Helena, Montana. He is currently a member of the Mansfield Center Advisory Board.

  • Chuck Johnson

    Chuck Johnson - Moderator

    Chuck Johnson covered Montana politics, government and statewide issues for most of his 45-year reporting career. He reported on the 1972 Montana Constitutional Convention, seven governors and 22 regular legislative sessions for the Lee Newspapers, Great Falls Tribune, Associated Press or Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in history from the University of Montana. He spent a year studying economics and politics at Oxford University in England on a Rotary Foundation fellowship. He is chairman of the board of directors of the Montana Free Press, an independent, online news publication.

  • Pardis Madhavi

    Pardis Mahdavi, PhD - Introduction

    Pardis Mahdavi, PhD is incoming Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of Montana. She is currently a Professor and Dean of Social Sciences at Arizona State University. Her research interests include gendered labor, human trafficking, migration, sexuality, human rights, transnational feminism, and public health in the context of changing global and political structures. Dr. Mahdavi has published five single authored books and one edited volume, in addition to numerous journal and news articles. She was a fellow at the Social Sciences Research Council, the American Council on Learned Societies, Google Ideas, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


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