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September 06, 2013

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center has announced its fall 2013 Brown Bag Lecture Series programs for the community. The lectures reflect the center’s mission to promote an understanding of Asia, public affairs and ethics. 

All sessions start at 12:10 p.m. in the Mansfield Center in the Mansfield Library unless otherwise noted. The lectures are free and open to the public.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 11: “Why Mansfield Matters,” presented by Mansfield Center Director Abraham Kim. Meet our new director and learn why the spirit of Mike Mansfield remains relevant today.
  • Thursday, Sept. 19: “An International Lawyer Looks at the Development Agenda for the Future,” presented by University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professor Ved Nanda. Location: School of Law Room 201, noon. Co-sponsored by the Montana Law Review at the UM School of Law.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24:“Deep in the Delta: Studying Climate Change in Vietnam,” presented by UM Environmental Studies Program Professor Dan Spencer.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9: “JET to Japan! – Working in Japan with the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program,” presented by JET Program Coordinator Lynn Shiori Miyauchi.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16: “Building Entrepreneurship Capacity in Poor and Urban Communities in Cambodia,” presented by Cambodia Rural Development Team Project Manager Ty Ratana. A special offering of the U.S. Department of State Economic Empowerment Project.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23: “Mining: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Impacts in Thailand and Montana,” presented by Thailand’s Ecology and Culture Study Group Coordinator Bampen Chaiyarak and Clark Fork Coalition Staff Scientist Christine Brick. A special offering of the U.S. Department of State Economic Empowerment Project.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 13: “Modern Japanese Literature and Technology,” presented by UM Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Professor Brian Dowdle.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20: “The Impact of Social Media in China,” presented by Confucius Institute Executive Director Suhan Chen.

For more information and extended lecture descriptions, visit or call 406-243-2988.



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Contact: Deena Mansour, associate director, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, 406-243-2713,