On November 16th, 2017, Montana Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney participated in a Council in the Classroom, speaking as part of the 2017 Global Water Challenge run by the Montana World Affairs Council. Lt. Gov. Cooney spoke about drought and water rights in Montana, in particular reflecting on this recent fire season and its impact on Montana’s environment and economy. Lt. Gov. Cooney spoke live via video conference with middle and high school students throughout Montana, taking questions pre-prepared by the students.
On October 24th, 2017, Ambassador Max Baucus participated as the featured guest for the Montana World Affairs Council’s Distinguished Speaker’s Program, speaking on “China, North Korea, and the US: What Happens Next?” Ambassador Baucus spoke to some 300+ members of the Missoula community at the DoubleTree Hilton, speaking about his experiences as Ambassador to China and fielding questions from the audience. Ambassador Baucus spoke on North Korea and its weapons program, trade and relations between China and the United States, and his views on the United States and South Asia as a whole. Earlier in the afternoon, Amb. Baucus participated in a Council in the Classroom program speaking to students from around the state about events in the region. Hamilton, Hays Lodgepole, Froid, Darby and Bozeman were just a few of the participating classrooms. The event was covered by the Missoulian, and their article can be accessed at this link here.
On September 28th, 2017, Karolo Aparicio participated in a Council in the Classroom live video conference with Montana students, speaking on El Salvador’s Water Crisis. Mr. Karolo is the executive director of EcoViva, a nonprofit organization focused on clean water awareness and education around the globe. A video of the event is on the Montana World Affairs Council YouTube page, and can be viewed here.