Fall 2021 Dialogues
Does the Constitution Establish a Democracy? Reflections on Voting Rights
A University of Montana Constitution Day Event
Featuring Voter Participation Center Chair Denise Juneau, Professor Chris Mann of Skidmore College and Professor Daron Shaw of the University of Texas Austin. Moderated by UM Constitutional Law Professor Anthony Johnstone and introduction by Joanna R. Shelton, UM Faculty Affiliate in Economics and Nonresident Senior Associate in Economics for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Hear conservative and progressive voices as nationwide experts share their understanding of voting, the Constitution, and where we are today. This UM Constitution Day event was co-sponsored by: UM Office of the Provost, Blewett School of Law and the Baucus Institute, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education, Project on American Democracy and Citizenship, and Justice, Policy and Public Service Community of Excellence.
SPRING 2021 DIALOGUES
Strategic Empathy: The Key to America's Failed North Korea Policy
Find follow-up discussion from the event here
Featuring Retired US Airforce Intelligence professional Robert E. McCoy in a conversation moderated by Mansfield Senior Fellow Steven I. Levine
Retired U.S. Air Force Korea intelligence professional and Mansfield Fellow Robert E. McCoy discusses his assessment that a lack of strategic empathy in Washington is key to the bipartisan failures of U.S. policy toward North Korea. Like it or not, the way forward does not allow for denuclearization. The dialogue was moderated by Mansfield Senior Fellow Steven I. Levine, who taught Chinese history and politics at UM and elsewhere during his fifty-year academic career.
From Foes to Friends: The U.S.-Vietnam Partnership
Featuring U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink in a conversation moderated by Mike Halligan.
Ambassador Kritenbrink's rap music video wishing the Vietnamese people a Happy Lunar New Year featured in the dialogue.
The U.S.-Vietnam relationship has come a long way in a generation. We have become trusted partners in important areas, overcoming decades of doubt in the aftermath of war. U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink discusses how we went from foes to friends – how the remarkable progress since we normalized relations 25 years ago happened. Ambassador Kritenbrink will highlight the role of our thriving people-to-people ties, including vital initiatives like the University of Montana Mansfield Center’s U.S.-Vietnam High School Exchange Program as well as his own efforts to connect with regular Vietnamese people. How did our work to address the legacy of war contribute to our progress? What part can the private sector play in growing prosperity? Ambassador Kritenbrink discusses these questions and more, making clear that the sound state of U.S.-Vietnam ties is hardly a miracle. It is the result of persistent, positive efforts on both sides of the Pacific.
Connecting With Voters and Flipping Seats
Featuring Campaign Managers Shelbi Dantic and Amanda Stevens in a conversation moderated by NBC Evening Anchor Maritsa Georgiou.
Congressional campaign managers Shelbi Dantic and Amanda Stevens describe how they connected with voter concerns to achieve victories that flipped seats. UM Alumna Dantic managed the campaign for Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-GA), the only Democrat to flip a Republican-held House seat in 2020 and the first woman to ever hold the seat. Stevens ran Rep. Nicole Malliotakis’ (R-NY) campaign, resulting in the only congressional seat in New York City represented by a Republican.
Great Power Competition: Beijing vs. the Free World
Matt Pottinger, Former Deputy National Security Advisor; Dexter Tiff Roberts, Mansfield Fellow and Author of the "Myth of Chinese Capitalism"
Former Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger discussed the new landscape in the great power competition between the U.S. and China, and strategic pitfalls that free countries must avoid.
One Nation: Saving Our Democracy Through Bipartisanship
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-New Jersey); Rep. Tom Reed (R-New York)
Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Gottheimer and Rep. Reed discussed their efforts to find common ground at a time when hyper-partisanship divides the country and threatens democratic governance.
Rights and Responsibilities in a Time of COVID
Anna Conley, Missoula County Attorney’s Office; Former Justice Jim Nelson, Montana Supreme Court; Tom Snyder, Owner, Five on Black; Sue Vinton, Montana House of Representatives Majority Leader; Anthony Johnstone, Constitutional Law Professor, UM Blewett School of Law
Representatives from business, law, and government discussed issues of freedom and the economic and social impacts that result from the actions of private and public citizens in a public health emergency. Moderated by Anthony Johnstone, Constitutional Law Professor, UM Blewett School of Law. Co-sponsored by the Justice, Policy, and Public Service Community of Excellence.
Disproportionate Impacts on Native Communities
Chairwoman Shelly Fyant, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; Councilwoman Kaci Wallette, Fort Peck Tribes; and Cora Neumann, Founder, We Are Montana
Tribal leaders across Montana have remained vigilant in their COVID response, at times going beyond state and federal restrictions to keep their communities safe. Despite these efforts, Native communities continue to experience devastating fatality rates: Native Americans comprise 6.7% of Montana's population but 30% of COVID deaths. This panel explored the role systemic inequalities play in these outcomes, and highlight the courageous leadership of Native leaders on the front lines.
Serving Montana: UM's Public Health COVID-19 Response
Drs. Tony Ward, Erin Landguth, Erin Semmens, and Ethan Walker
D’Shane Barnett, PhD Student and Executive Director of the All Nations Health Center
Students and faculty of UM's School of Public and Community Health Sciences discussed their efforts to protect and inform Montana communities. Moderated by Mansfield Center Executive Director Deena Mansour.
2020 MANSFIELD DIALOGUES
Addressing Racism in a Time of Pandemic
The Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The Never Trump Revolt and the Future of American Democracy