Mansfield Center Launches Spring 2015 Lecture Series

February 04, 2015

MISSOULA – The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana has announced its Spring 2015 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. 18, University Center Room 333: “Politics under China’s ‘New Mao:’ The Good, The Bad, and the Downright Ugly,” Terry Weidner, UM professor of Chinese politics.
  • Wednesday, March 11, Mansfield Library Room 450: “Deep in the Delta: Studying Climate Change in Vietnam,” Nicky Phear, UM Climate Change Studies instructor and program coordinator, and Mara Menahan, UM study abroad student participant.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 4-5 p.m., Payne Family Native American Center Room 105: “Sustainable Rural Development in Cambodia: Participatory NGO Approaches and Student Internship Opportunities," Phyllis Ngai, adjunct associate professor, UM Department of Communication Studies. 
  • Tuesday, March 24, 3-4 p.m., UC Room 326: “JET to Japan! – Working in Japan with the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program,” Matthew Niemi, JET program coordinator, consulate general of Japan in Seattle.
  • Wednesday, April 15, UC Room 333: “Peaceful Islam, or, Much Ado about ISIS,” Abdelilah Bouasria, Arabic lead instructor, Defense Critical Language and Cultural Program at the UM Mansfield Center. 

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,