Upcoming Events

Wednesday and Thursday, October 8th & 9thjohndau

October 8th – 7:00pm – Missoula Children’s Theater

Documentary Film Screening : “Duk County: Peace is in Sight in the New South Sudan”

Q&A w/ John Dau to follow screening

This is a moving story about a bold, five-day mission to deliver eye care in a remote and war torn region of South Sudan — the world’s newest country. It chronicles the miraculous work of Dr. Geoff Tabin and Dr. Alan Crandall; two eye surgeons committed to eradicating preventable blindness in Africa, and John Dau, one of the original Lost Boys of Sudan and a visionary for peace in South Sudan’s precarious new independence.
This program is free and open to the public.

October 9th – 7:30pm – DoubleTree Hotel

Distinguished Speakers Program

“Hope is Not Lost” featuring John Dau

Most of us have heard about the Lost Boys of Sudan and have been moved by their incredible story, but few have heard it from one of the survivors. Join the Council for this unique opportunity as John Dau, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, tells his life story, and how he turned an impossible journey into a mission for peace. John will share how he survived the genocide of his people, led hundreds of young boys across Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya, and how he’s turned this harrowing experience into an opportunity to help foster peace in his country. We’ll get to hear firsthand about his adjustment into American culture upon arriving in the States in 2001, his tribal culture colliding with life in America, and his establishment of four NGOs and the remarkable work they are doing to bring peace to the new South Sudan.

This is John’s first trip to Montana, and we are honored to be hosting him. We hope that you will join what is sure to be an extraordinary event!

This program is open to the public and free for Council members and students; $5 for non-members.

About John Dau

John Dau has experienced challenges in his life that most people never even imagine. Born in war-torn Sudan, Dau is one of 27,000 “Lost Boys of Sudan,” driven from their villages when the northern Arab government attacked the ethnic minority population of South Sudan in 1987. For the next five years, John Dau led groups of displaced boys across Sudan for hundreds of miles facing starvation, disease, and violence.
While living in a Kenyan refugee camp from 1992-2001, John Dau attended school for the first time at the age of 17 and earned a prestigious Kenyan Certificate for Secondary Education. In 2001, Dau was selected to immigrate to the United States and settled in Syracuse, New York. Following his initial culture shock, John Dau took on two, sometime three jobs, and earned an associate’s degree and Bachelor degree at Syracuse University.

Currently, John Dau is the President of both the John Dau Foundation (JDF) and the South Sudan Institute (SSI), where he is an influential part of many efforts to bring hope and peace to the people of South Sudan. After founding four nonprofits, and with help from volunteer from across American, John has raised over $3 million to build and run the Duk Lost Boys Clinic in his home village of Duk Payuel. John Dau now speaks professionally throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In 2006, John Dau was featured in the award-winning documentary film, “God Grew Tired of Us”, and wrote his first book “God Grew Tired of Us: a Memoir,” which was published by National Geographic in 2007.

As a human rights activist for the people of South Sudan, John has lived a remarkable life of cultural adaptation in America, where has received many prestigious awards, including the National Geographic Emerging Explorers Award. John was a Volvo for Life finalist in the Quality of Life category, which carried a financial contribution from Volvo to the John Dau Foundation. Alongside Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila, John was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for 2008 and together with Former Secretary of State, Gen. Collin Power, he received a Most Caring Award from the Caring Institute, plus 40 other awards.

John Dau’s life provides the ultimate example of a profile in courage. He is a natural leader who exemplifies true resilience and perseverance under the most horrific of circumstances. Today, John Dau is a compelling motivational speaker whose life is defined by his uncompromised commitment to having a lasting impact on the future of his native country. “I think people refuse to try things because they fear failure,” he observes. “There have been many impossible situations in my life, but I keep trying. My family in Sudan thought I was dead and I feared they were dead, but 20 years later we were reunited. You can’t give up.”

To learn more about John Dau or the John Dau Foundation, please visit johndaufoundation.org.


 

Tuesday, September 9th | 7:00pmunnamed

Distinguished Speakers Program

“China Confronts Asia: Implications for the United States”

Featuring Professor Steve Levine

This program is open to the public and free for Council members and students; $5 for non-members.

When: Tuesday, September 9th 7;00pm

Where:  Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall, University of Montana. (Link to map)

About our guest:  Steven I. Levine writes and teaches about modern East Asia, in particular Chinese history and politics. Born and educated in public schools in New York City, he received a B.A. in Politics at Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in Government and East Asian Languages at Harvard University in 1972. He studied Russian as an undergraduate and Chinese at Harvard and in Taiwan. During a forty-year teaching career, he taught, inter alia, at American University, Columbia, Duke, the University of Michigan, the University of Montana, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served as the founding director of the Carolina Asia Center at Chapel Hill. He is presently Research Faculty Associate in the Department of History at the University of Montana.

He has published extensively in the fields of modern Chinese politics and foreign policy as well as American- East Asian relations. Among his books are Anvil of Victory: The Communist Revolution in Manchuria, 1945-1948; China’s Bitter Victory: The War with Japan, 1937-1945 (co-edited); Remembering the Forgotten War (co-edited), and most recently Arc of Empire: America’s Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam, (2012),co-authored with Michael H. Hunt.He has published scores of book chapters, journal articles, and review essays. In addition, he has published English translations of several books from Chinese into English, most recently Ye Zicheng, Inside China’s Grand Strategy (2011) and of several Russian-language books on China.  His most recent edited translations from Russian are: Alexander V. Pantsov with Steven I. Levine, Mao: The Real Story (Simon & Schuster, 2012), and Sin-Lin, Shattered Families, Broken Dreams: Little Known Episodes From the History of the Persecution of Chinese Revolutionaries in Stalin’s Gulag  (MerwinAsia, 2012).

Professor Levine has traveled extensively in Asia. He makes his home in two places – Stevensville, Montana and Hillsborough, North Carolina ,with his wife, Professor Madeline G. Levine, a distinguished literary translator from Polish.


 

 Thursday, May 29th  | 7:00pm

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“Russians: The People Behind the Power”

This event is free of charge and open to the public. 

Featuring author Gregory Fiefer

When:  Thursday, May 29th 7:00pm

Where: Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall, University of Montana. (Link to map)

About our guest: Gregory Feifer is a former Moscow correspondent for National Public Radio who has reported from Russia for almost a decade. During its resurgence under Putin, he filed from other former Soviet republics and across Russia, where he observed the effects of the country’s vast new oil wealth on an increasingly nationalistic society as well as Moscow’s rekindling of a new Cold War-style opposition to the West. In 2008, Feifer covered the Russia-Georgia war from the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia and traveled to Siberia, Belgrade and Berlin to produce a series on the Kremlin’s use of Gazprom, the Russian gas monopoly, as an instrument of foreign policy.

Before joining NPR in 2005, Feifer-whose mother is Russian-lived in Paris and New York, and has written for numerous outlets, including The New Republic, The Washington Post and World Policy Journal. He witnessed the coup d’etat attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, and later, on a fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs, examined the end of the Yeltsin era and Russia’s subsequent transformation into an authoritarian state.

Feifer is the author of The Great Gamble, a history of the Soviet war in Afghanistan and coauthor of Spy Handler with former KGB colonel Victor Cherkashin. He lives in Boston with his wife Elizabeth, son Sebastian and daughter Vanessa.

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May 14th, 2014 | 5:00 – 8:00pmKettlehouse Logo

KettleHouse Brewing Community UNite

The Council has been chosen to participate in the KettleHouse Brewing Community UNite Program!

Come enjoy a locally handcrafted brew while supporting global education in classrooms and communities throughout the Big Sky.

The Council will receive $.50 of every pint sold between 5-8 pm on the evening of May 14th at the Northside Taproom. Location: 313 N 3rd Street West

Thank you KettleHouse Brewing for supporting the Council!

Starting at 6:00pm

The Council will be hosting a meet-and-greet with the 2014 Humphrey Fellows who are studying at the University of Montana’s English Language Institute.

The Humphrey Fellowship at UM includes 11 professionals from around the world, who have come to Montana to foster a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the United States and the Fellows’ home countries. The Program offers Fellows valuable opportunities for leadership development and professional engagement with Americans and their counterparts from many nations.

This year’s Humphrey Fellow’s consist of a collection of nationalities, ranging from Togo to Pakistan, and Armenia to Myanmar. These Fellows have come to Montana representing various professions, including agriculture, journalism, geophysics, urban development, education, and more.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HUMPHREY FELLOWS
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Tuesday April 19th, 2014 | 12:00 – 1:30pm

Business Luncheon Series
“From the Great Wall to the Rocky Mountains: The role of Cultural Exchange in Bridging Our Two Peoples”

Council members and their guests are invited to attend this exclusive event:

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Madam Li Hong
Minister Counselor for Cultural Affairs,
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

Madam Hong will be accompanied by:
Mr. Zhao Jianhua
First Secretary, Cultural Office, Embassy of China

Miss Liu Xiaolin
Second Secretary, Cultural Office, Embassy of China

When:  Tuesday, April 29th – 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Where: DoubleTree Hotel

Cost: (including catered lunch) $20/current Council members $25/non-members. Members are welcome to bring up to two guests.

RSVP:  Seating is limited, please call (406)728-3328 to reserve your seat today.

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Joining Ministry of Culture of China in 1984, Li Hong served successively as Deputy Director, Director and Deputy Director General of the Bureau for External Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture of China, overseeing China’s cultural exchange with Asian, American, Oceanian and Eurasian countries.

Li Hong’s overseas postings include cultural attache at Chinese Embassy in Singapore (1991-1995) and Cultural Counselor at Chinese Embassy in Australia (2004-2009) and Minister Counselor for Cultural Affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC starting from April 2013. Acquiring a Bachelor Degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1984, Li Hong received simultaneous interpretation training at Beijing UN Language Training Center from 1987-89 and studied at University of Maryland from 1999-2000 as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow.

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May 14th, 2014 | 5:00 – 8:00pmKettlehouse Logo

KettleHouse Brewing Community UNite

The Council has been chosen to participate in the KettleHouse Brewing Community UNite Program!

Come enjoy a locally handcrafted brew while supporting global education in classrooms and communities throughout the Big Sky.

The Council will receive $.50 of every pint sold between 5-8 pm on the evening of May 14th at the Northside Taproom. Location: 313 N 3rd Street West

Thank you KettleHouse Brewing for supporting the Council!
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April 16th | 7:30 – 9:00pmWACACarlsonLogoborderRESIZE

A Community Discussion on Human Trafficking
with James Pond and Pralhad Dhakal

CEO/Founder, Transitions Global; Nepal Country Director, The ISIS Foundation

“What about the Victims? Transition & Restoration”

Wednesday, April 16 – 7:30pm–9:00pm. Location: UC Ballroom, UM Campus

As part of the Mansfield Center Conference: Fight For Hope & Freedom, the Montana World Affairs Council is co-sponsoring a community discussion on Wednesday, April 16 at 7:30pm, in the University Center Ballroom, UM Campus, with James Pond and Pralhad Dhakal to talk about the significant work being done in Montana and across the U.S. to help victims and to fight human trafficking. NGO leaders will discuss both challenges to helping victims and ways that Montanans can help. This event is free and open to the public.

The Montana World Affairs Council will also be hosting a Council in the Classroom program on human trafficking with Sarah Symons, Founder/Author/Executive Director, Made by Survivors. Using video-conferencing technology, and with support from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Ms. Symons will discuss what Montanans need to know about human trafficking and what they can do to combat it with classrooms around the state. On Wednesday April 16, Ethan Batstone, Director of Engagement of Not for Sale, will visit Big Sky High School.

These programs are sponsored by the Carlson Family Foundation and the World Affairs Councils of America.

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November 2nd, 2013Global Gauntlet Winners 2012

Global Gauntlet Team Trivia

Do you like a little friendly competition? Grab some friends and co-workers and come support the Council while you test your knowledge of current events, history, languages, global customs, international cuisine, and more!  The trivia questions, with multiple choice answers, will vary in difficulty.  This fundraiser is modeled after the Council’s Academic WorldQuest competition, which is an international affairs competition for Montana high school students.  With more than 50 teams from 27 different schools, it is the 3rd largest Academic WorldQuest competition in the nation.  Proceeds from this event will go toward Academic WorldQuest and other Council eduction projects

 

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Spotlight on Turkey

Teacher Workshops As part of a national study-tour organized by the Turkish Cultural Foundation, Joanne Berry from Moore High School, Niki Keuch from Chief Joseph Middle School in Bozeman, and Kerry Corcoran from Bozeman High School spent two weeks traveling Turkey and exploring the rich history, culture, and art of this fascinating country.  Upon their return, these three teachers are hosting several community events in the Bozeman and Lewistown areas.

Public Presentation at the Bozeman Public Library

Thursday, November 7, 2013,
5:00-6:30 – Bozeman Public Library

Bozeman teachers Kerry Corcoran and Niki Keuch will share their travels through Turkey through a slide show, display of Turkish artifacts, and a question and answer session.  The presentation will conclude with a sampling of Turkish foods catered by the local restaurant, Meze.

Evening Public Presentation at the Lewistown Public Library

Friday, October 4, 2013
6:00-8:00 – Lewistown Public Library

Joanne Berry, Kerry Corcoran and Niki Keuch will share their Turkish experiences through a slide show, questions and answer session, and then conclude with tea and a Turkish dessert.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013
10:00-11:30 – Lewistown Art Center

Joanne Berry, Kerry Corcoran and Niki Keuch will present a slide show on art from Turkey.  Following this,  Kerry and Joanne will conduct an Ebru workshop demonstrating techniques from Hikmet Barutcugil’s book The Dream of Water: Ebru the Living Tradition.  The attendees will have the opportunity to create their own Ebru piece.

Children’s Story Hour, Lewistown, MT – Kerry Corcoran

Saturday, October 5, 2013
10:00-11:00 – Lewistown Public Library

At this unique event, children and parents from the community will have the opportunity to listen to some Hodga Nasrettin stories, and Anatolian Tales from the book Musical Story Basket.

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September 9th 2013
Montgomery Distillery Missoula

***Moscow Monday’s @ Montgomery Distillery

129 West Front St., Missoula

Come support the Council while you enjoy a locally made, handcrafted beverage from our friends at Montgomery Distillery
Noon – 8:00pm
$1 from every drink sold today is donated to the Council
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Meet and Greet with Mr. Brandon Busteed, Gallup Education 

busteed_photoblg-21***1st Annual Montana Global Educator of the Year Award Reception 

Featuring a Distinguished Speakers Program with Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Gallup Education

“Educating the Next Generation of Global Citizens”

Monday, September 9th
7:00pm ~ Governor’s Ballroom ~ 111 N. Higgins, Missoula, MT
~Dessert reception to follow~

Global Educator of the Year Award to be presented to Geoff Habel, Great Falls High School

Global Educator of the Year Award to be presented by Shannon O’Brien, Governor Bullock’s Education Policy Advisor
Admission: $5 ~ Council members and students ; $10 ~ non-members
Cash Bar Available

Click here to learn more about Brandon Busteed

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August 27th 2013

Distinguished Speaker Program

Join us for engaging discussions, exclusive luncheons and receptions, and unique workshops that aim to bring the world to Montana and Montana to the world.

Throughout the year, the Council brings international education and global awareness opportunities to the Big Sky in order to enhance our understanding of global affairs and explore how Montana is affected by these issues.  We strive to provide quality programs that stimulate discussion, engagement, and most importantly, learning. We hope that you will join us for our upcoming events, which include community discussions, business luncheons, and special receptions with our Distinguished Speakers, workshops for Montana educators, and classroom video-conferencing with both local and international experts.

Tuesday, August 27th – 7:00pm
UC Ballroom, University Center – UM Campus
“Conflict in the Middle East: An Update on Current Developments” 
with Council Founder Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.)
 
Join the World Affairs Council for a community discussion with Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.) on conflict and developments in the Middle East.  Amb. Johnson will discuss the recent developments in Syria, Egypt, Iran and the region.
This program is open to the public and free for Council members. $5 admission fee for non-members.
Call (406)728-3328 for more information. 

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April 25th 2013

Ambassador Said Jawad, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the US
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“The Future of Afghanistan: 2014 and the Road Ahead”
Thursday, April 25th
7:00pm at the DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom
Admission: FREE for Council Members ; $5 for non-members
Dessert Reception to follow - space is limited for this event, so you must register in order to attend.  Please click HERE to register.
$15 for members  / $20 for non-members
This program is part of the Dirk and Kim Visser Lecture Series.
According to the Center for International and Strategic Studies, the Untied States has spent over $640 billion in Afghanistan since FY2001 in military and transition expenditures. Yet as the United States withdraws from the region, the questions of a lasting peace and security remain. Please join the World Affairs Council of Montana for this rare opportunity to engage Ambassador Jawad (ret.) and to hear his insights on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, as well as his outlook for thefuture of his country.

About our Guest

Said Tayeb Jawad, former Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States from 2003-2010, is the Chairman of the Foundation for Afghanistan, a non-profit organization that focuses on increasing human capacity and intercultural dialogue in Afghanistan, and Chief Executive Officer of Capitalize LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in the investment, security and political environments of Afghanistan and the greater Gulf region. Ambassador Jawad also recently became a member of the International Advisory Council in the Global Political Strategies group at APCO Worldwide, an international strategic communications consultancy.

Under his leadership, the Embassy of Afghanistan emerged as one of the most successful missions in Washington, D.C. He also served as Afghanistan’s non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina.

 Ambassador Jawad returned to Afghanistan after 9/11 to assist in the state-building process, where he played a versatile and crucial role in government, serving as President Karzai’s Press Secretary, Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of International Relations. In these positions, Ambassador Jawad formulated and managed strategies, implemented policies, assisted in the building and re-building of national institutions (including the Afghan National Army) as well as prioritizing major reforms in Afghanistan, notably to the Ministry of Defense.

Teacher Workshops

April 6th
Discover Turkey Teacher Workshop –  Bozeman Public Library.

Council in the Classroom

April 25th
Ambassador Said Jawad – former Ambassador from Afghanistan to the United State
A discussion on the background and culture of Afghanistan, with a focus on the importance of education of women and children.
May 2nd
Professor Udo Fluck – University of Montana
“Why are people from other cultures different – Towards a Better Crosscultural Understanding”
To learn more about our Council in the Classroom opportunities or to get your school involved, click HERE .