UM's Mansfield Dialogues to Explore Modern Challenges to World Peace

February 19, 2019

MISSOULA – The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana has announced its spring schedule for the Mansfield Dialogues, a community lecture series that reflects the center’s mission to promote an understanding of Asia, public affairs and ethics.

The spring Mansfield Dialogues’ theme, Challenges to a Peaceful World in 2019, is inspired by the top conflict-prevention priorities identified by the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventative Action, and U.S. foreign policy experts. Held from noon to 12:50 p.m. on the UM campus, the dialogue sessions are free and open to the public. The spring schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, University Center Room 330: “Russia’s Role in the Digital World,” presented by Julie Sirrs, attorney, co-founder of Montanans for National Security, and former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst.
  • Wednesday, March 13, University Center Room 225: “The Future of Denuclearization in North Korea,” presented by Korean and American adjunct faculty members of UM’s Mansfield Defense Critical Language and Culture Program.
  • Wednesday, March 20, Mansfield Library Theta Rho Room: “Beyond the Cyber Hype: What We Know and What Is New About the Politics of Cyber Security,” presented by Dr. Eva-Maria Maggi, visiting assistant professor in UM’s Department of Political Science.
  • Wednesday, April 10, University Center Room 332: “Yemen’s Spiraling Humanitarian Disaster,” presented by Owen Sirrs, adjunct faculty, UM’s Mansfield Defense Critical Language and Culture Program.
  • Wednesday, April 24, University Center Room 330: “Conflicting Claims: The Challenges of Managing Shared Natural Resources,” presented by Fellows in the U.S. Department of States’ Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative.

The Mansfield Center promotes U.S. relations with Asia and ethics in public affairs in the spirit of Sen. Mike Mansfield and his wife and life partner, Maureen Hayes Mansfield.

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


Contact: Caitlin Sager, program coordinator, 406-243-2965,