Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center en Cambodia Connections and Internationalizing Montana Youth <p>Last week, my family hosted a gathering at our home for friends both old and new.&nbsp; I hadn’t seen our friend Joe in a while, and he asked how things were at the Mansfield Center.&nbsp; Ironically, on that day, we were welcoming home two Missoula professionals returning from working with youth in Cambodia, and sending off 20 Montana high school students and two teachers for a program in Cambodia.&nbsp; Things could not be better, on a day when we had such tangible expressions of our work to promote global understanding.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:27:20 +0000 Deena Mansour 21062 at Shaping Global Opinions by Sharing Montana with the World <p>Prior to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, John Steinbeck decided he was out of touch with America.&nbsp; He took his French poodle Charley on a cross-country road trip, documenting his adventures in his book, <em>Travels with Charley in Search of America</em>. Steinbeck wrote rapturously of Montana, saying, “…I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection, but with Montana it is love….Montana has a spell on me. It is grandeur and warmth….Of all the states, it is my favorite, and my love….”</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 16:57:46 +0000 Deena Mansour 19718 at Economic Empowerment Program Supports Montanans Competing Globally <p>In today’s Missoulian, reporter Martin Kidston tells the story of Ngo Ha, a Vietnamese professional currently in the U.S. on a Department of State program. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:04:47 +0000 Deena Mansour 14589 at Peace Corps <p>With the first 50 years of the Peace Corps behind us and more than 200,000 former volunteers, we need to take stock of its original purpose and consider what still needs to be done. When President Kennedy proposed the Peace Corps in 1961, he envisioned a volunteer corps of 100,000 Americans each year. But at its high point, the maximum number sent has been 15,000 volunteers in a given year. In 2006&nbsp; former President George W. Bush called for a doubling of Peace Corps' size, but to no avail. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:45:27 +0000 Otto Koester 12356 at The Importance of Learning Foreign Languages <p>Learning a foreign language is both time consuming and troublesome. &nbsp;I still recall in high school and in college spending hours trying to memorize hundreds of vocabulary words in Spanish and Japanese and the dozens of ways to conjugate verbs. &nbsp;I still cringe when thinking about the deep embarrassment of those awkward moments when I tried to express complex thoughts in front of my foreign language classes using kindergarten level terms because of my limited vocabulary. &nbsp;Although these were difficult times in my international academic training, I certainly do not regret it. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:27:28 +0000 Dr. Abraham Kim 10190 at American Youth Leadership Program <p>Montana summers are filled with great things for teenagers – sports camps, swimming, family reunions, sleeping – but for 20 Montana high school students, a month of their summer was spent on an educational exchange in Cambodia. Through the State Department’s American Youth Leadership Program, or AYLP, the Maureen &amp; Mike Mansfield Center selected 20 talented young leaders and two innovative high school teachers to participate in an intensive environmental studies and cultural exchange program in Cambodia.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:24:37 +0000 Kelsey Stamm 7143 at A journey of young leaders on global environmental issues <p>We represent the group of 20 undergraduate students selected for the Study of the United States Institute&nbsp;&nbsp; (SUSI) program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, led by Dr. Len Broberg, and hosted by the Mansfield Center of the University of Montana. This is the fourth year that this program has gathered the young and talented future leaders to study about global environmental issues. We all agree that it is a five weeks of brand-new experiences throughout Montana, Louisiana and Washington, D.C.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:09:36 +0000 Study of the United States Institute 5819 at Fostering Engagement with Laos While Promoting Human Rights <p>The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center of The University of Montana pursues a dual mission:&nbsp; to foster mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and Asia, as well as to foster ethics in public affairs.&nbsp; Over the past thirty years, we have developed a number of programs in support of this vision -- always with the spirit of Mike Mansfield as the driving force in our carefully designed programming.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:59:39 +0000 Deena Mansour 4430 at