UM’s Mansfield Center Launches Fall 2017 Lecture Series

September 08, 2017

MISSOULA – The Mansfield Center at the University of Montana will host the Fall 2017 Brown Bag Lecture Series for the community. The lectures reflect the center’s mission to promote an understanding of Asia, public affairs and ethics. Topics of this semester’s series include climate change, regional development in Southeast Asia, and rising tensions in China.

All sessions will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. The lectures are free and open to the public. The schedule follows:

  • Thursday, Sept. 14, University Center Room 332: “The Future of Collaboration and Climate Change: Regional Perspectives at ASEAN’s 50th Anniversary,” Asian Fellows in the YSEALI on Global Environmental Issues. A special offering of the U.S. Department of State.


  • Thursday, Sept. 28, UC Room 330: “Plan to JET to Japan! Teaching English in Japan,” Chelsea Robinson, JET program coordinator, Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.


  • Thursday, Oct. 5, UC Room 327: “Managing Natural Resources in a Changing Climate in the Mekong Delta,” Dan Spencer, UM professor of environmental studies, and Truong Quoc Hung, deputy director general, Office of the Institute for Legislative Studies under the Standing Committee of the National Assembly of Vietnam.


  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, UC Room 332: “Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asia: Young Leaders Tackling Education, Human Rights, the Arts, and Conservation,” Southeast Asian Fellows in the YSEALI Professional Fellows Program. A special offering of the U.S. Department of State.


  • Wednesday, Nov. 8, UC Alumni Boardroom: “Chronicling Climate Change: An Environmental Journalist in Indonesia,” Matthew Frank, Fellow in Regional Journalism, O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West.


  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, UC Room 332: “Perfecting the Surveillance State: New Developments in Xinjiang, China’s Muslim Borderland,” Eric Schluessel, director of East Asian Studies at UM.


More information about the lecture series is available at .



Contact: Caitlin Sager, program coordinator, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, 406-243-2965,