Mansfield Center Launches Spring 2014 Lecture Series

January 27, 2014

MISSOULA – The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana has announced its Spring 2014 Brown Bag Lecture Series for the community. The lectures reflect the Center’s mission to promote an understanding of Asia, public affairs and ethics.

All sessions will be held from 12:10 to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The lectures are free and open to the public. The schedule follows:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5: “Caucasian, Muslim and Chinese: Uyghur Culture in China,” Ali Fu Jiang Haimiti, Uyghur graduate student at Michigan State University, University Center Room 333.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: “Higher Education in Vietnam:  A Fulbright Scholar’s Views of Their Achievements and Challenges,” Teresa Sobieszczyk, director of UM’s International Development Studies Program and associate professor of sociology, University Center Room 333.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20: “Within the Margin of Error: Why Campaigns Still Matter,” David Parker, Montana State University associate professor of political science, University Center Rooms 332-333.
  •  Wednesday, March 5: “Sustainability for People Without a Country; Karen Refugee Agriculture in Thailand,” Josh Slotnick, UM Environmental Studies Program lecturer and PEAS Farm director, Mansfield Center Conference Room.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11: “Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism,” Molly Worthen, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill assistant professor of history, University Center Rooms 330-331.
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18: “Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity and Civic Life in Modern America,” Wilfred M. McClay, University of Oklahoma G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty, University Center Rooms 326-327.
  • Wednesday, April 9: “Afghan Women and Children: Silent Victims of Human Trafficking,” Shaima Khinjani, lead instructor and adjunct professor at the Defense Critical Language and Culture Program at the UM Mansfield Center, University Center Rooms 326-327.
  • Wednesday, April 23: “China’s Maritime Disputes and the Prospects for Further Confrontation,” Owen Sirrs, adjunct professor of culture and regional studies at the Defense Critical Language and Culture Program at the UM Mansfield Center, University Center Room 333.


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







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