UM Mansfield Center to Host Tiananmen Anniversary Discussion

May 31, 2019

MISSOULA – An event that forever shaped how the world views China will be discussed by participants who witnessed the armed suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests 30 years ago.

The University of Montana Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center will panelists in a conversation in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, in the Dell Brown Room of Tuner Hall. Free and open the public, the event is sponsored by the Montana World Affairs Council.

The discussion will feature Rose Tang, a Tiananmen student protest leader, and Dr. Terry Weidner, UM retired professor, who reported on the Tiananmen events as a U.S. Embassy analyst. Tang and Weidner will offer their memories and perspectives on the massive protest that nearly toppled the Chinese party dictatorship before it was suppressed by the People’s Liberation Army in 1989.

Dexter Roberts, former China bureau chief at Bloomberg Businessweek, will moderate the discussion. Audience members are invited to engage with speakers in a moderated question-and-answer session. A reception will immediately following the event.

Mansfield Center Executive Director Deena Mansour said the center is committed to bringing unique experiences to the western Montana community.

“Weidner and Tang bring us an exclusive look at the tragic events of 30 years ago,” she said. “This dialogue is in keeping with our mandate to shine a light on ethical public policy and global issues, especially in the current context of U.S.-China relations.”

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center was created to enhance mutual understanding between the United States and Asia and to foster ethical public policy and leadership. The Montana World Affairs Council was established to provide fellow Montanans with greater opportunities for understanding global affairs and the world around us. For more information visit www.umt.edu/mansfield or call 406-243-2988.

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Contact: Caitlin Sager, program director, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, 406-243-2965, caitlin.sager@mso.umt.edu.