Connect Montana: The US Foreign Service in the 21st Century—Deena Mansour, Mansfield Center

Mansfield Center Executive Director Deena Mansour will provide an overview of the work of
the U.S. Foreign Service. She will discuss the mission of a U.S. diplomat to promote peace,
support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S.
Mansour will draw on her personal experience as a diplomat, using examples of public
diplomacy and human rights issues during her tenure at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. 
She will also discuss the international exchange opportunities provided by the U.S. Department
of State to high students, with a component on exchanges offered to Montana students by the
Mansfield Center.

Tuesday, December 1st, 7-7:30pm Mountain Time
Meeting ID: 822 3060 5197
Passcode: 851443
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Teacher Workshop: Teaching about Peace in a World of Conflict

Today, as a new set of violent conflicts dominate international headlines, it is as important as ever to teach young people about the range of practical options that exist to make peace possible, and examples of peacebuilding in action. This interactive virtual workshop from the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) will show educators how to bring critical issues and skills of international conflict management and peacebuilding into their classrooms through USIP’s resources for schools and teachers. Participants will receive a brief introduction to USIP and its work, exploring key concepts in conflict and peace through activities that they can use virtually or in-person with their students. They will explore USIP’s core curriculum guide – the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators – and other school resources, including virtual guest speakers, virtual educational programs for students, multimedia, and more, hearing examples of how teachers have integrated these resources into their existing curricula. Finally, participants will consider how to apply what they have learned to their own teaching.

Tuesday, March 2nd
12:15 – 1:15 PM

Offering 1 OPI credit

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This workshop is part of the Montana World Affairs Council’s Academic WorldQuest program.
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Note: Teacher workshops are open to all educators, regardless of grade level and if you are participating in Academic WorldQuest.

To sign up for the program, please click here.

For questions, please contact Nikki Geiszler, Programs Director, at

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AWQ: Country in Focus: Uzbekistan with Ambassador Pamela Spratlen

Please join the Montana World Affairs Council for an Academic WorldQuest program “Country in Focus: Uzbekistan” with US Ambassador Pamela Spratlen (ret.)

Monday, March 1st
9:00 AM- 10:15 AM MT

Educators who sign up will receive a zoom link and password the week before the program.

Ambassador Pamela Spratlen Bio:
A career member of the Foreign Service, Pamela L. Spratlen has over 20 years of policy and leadership accomplishment across a wide variety of assignments. She is currently Senior Advisor of the Office of Inspector General in the US State Department, Inspections Division. Before holding her current position, Spratlen was nominated by President Barack Obama to be US Ambassador to Uzbekistan and was sworn in as Ambassador in 2014. Previous to her appointment as Ambassador to Uzbekistan, she was the US Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, and prior to that, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan. Ambassador Spratlen’s senior Washington assignments include her roles as Director of Western European Affairs (2007-08), Director of Central Asian Affairs (2006-2007), Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia (December 2007 – May 2008) and Special Assistant to the Counselor of the State Department (2005-2006). Ambassador Spratlen served overseas as Consul General in Vladivostok, Russia (2002-2004). Prior to that, she served as Assistance Coordinator at the US Embassy in Moscow (2000-2002). She was a Fellow and Diplomat-in-Residence at the East-West Center in Honolulu in 2004-2005. Ambassador Spratlen served in two multilateral missions, including the U.S Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (USOECD-Paris, 1995-1998) and the US Mission to the Organization of American States (USOAS, 1992-94). She worked in the Executive Secretariat of the State Department (1999-2000) and spent her first tour in Guatemala (1990-1992).

Ambassador Spratlen received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and she also holds master’s degrees from the Army War College (Strategic Studies – Distance, 2006) and the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School (Public Policy, 1981). Ambassador Spratlen has received numerous awards, including the Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards at State. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she served for almost nine years as a professional committee staff member in the California Legislature. Ambassador Spratlen speaks Russian, French, and Spanish.

To sign up for this program, please click here. 

For questions, please email Nikki Geiszler, Programs Director, at

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