Mansfield Center Launches Fall 2014 Lecture Series

September 10, 2014

MISSOULA – The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana has announced its Fall 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. in the Mansfield Center Conference Room unless otherwise noted. The lectures are free and open to the public. The schedule follows:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 24: “The China-India Border Dispute: What’s at Stake,” Owen Sirrs, culture and regional studies, Defense Critical Language and Culture Program.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 1: “Youth Engagement Through Sports: Engaging Ethnic Minorities in China and the U.S.” Suhan Chen, executive director, Confucius Institute at UM.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 15: “Promoting Tourism Through Shared Cultures in Southeast Asia,” Umaporn Muneenam, lecturer and researcher, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, and Norma Nickerson, director, Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at UM. A special offering of the U.S. Department of State Economic Empowerment program.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 22: “Community Development Challenges and Opportunities: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Cambodia and Missoula,” Chhair Sokty, policy adviser, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia, and Dale Bickell, Central Services director, City of Missoula. A special offering of the U.S. Department of State.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 5: “Social Entrepreneurship,” Paul Gladen, director, Blackstone LaunchPad; Dawn McGee, Goodworks Ventures; and Jack Lawson, Missoula Federal Credit Union. Special location: Davidson Honors College Room 119.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 19: “Moving Toward Self-Determination for the Original People of Formosa: Claiming Authority for Ecosystems and Culture in the Republic of China,” Alan Watson, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute.

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


Contact: Caitlin Sager, administrative assistant, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, 406-243-2965,