The honorable Max Baucus, former Ambassador to China and longtime Senator from Montana, shared his reflections on his time in public service in conversation with Nicol Rae, Dean of the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University. Baucus was introduced by MSU President Waded Cruzado, who alluded to his walk across Montana as a young candidate. Baucus told stories from that walk, from his tenure in Congress, including encounters with seven presidents, and from his four years in China. He also expressed his views on healthcare, trade, North Korea, and the future of the Democratic Party.
Miguel Fraga, 1st Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C., gave a public lecture on the state of Cuba-U.S. relations at MSU on February 21. He was welcomed with a proclamation by City of Bozeman Mayor Carson Taylor, by transmitted greetings from Senators Daines and Tester, by interim provost Robert Mokwa, and by Cuban paleontology student Lazaro Vinola.Download
The Burton K. Wheeler Center at Montana State University presented a day-long conference, “Divisiveness in Democracy: Enhancing Engagement in Montana,” about the changing political dynamics in Montana and the United States, held September 9-10, 2016. The conference explored the historical, political and social dynamics that drive divisiveness, and drew on up-and-coming politicians and political activists to identify opportunities and mechanisms to overcome divisiveness in contemporary politics.
Ted Celeste delivered the opening talk, entitled “Revive Civility: Our Democracy Depends on It.” Celeste, a former Ohio state representative, leads Next Generation, a project of the National Institute for Civil Discourse which holds workshops for state legislators called “Building Trust Through Civil Discourse”.
Panel I. “How Did We Get Here: The Social, Political and Historical Elements of Divisiveness”
Panel II. “Finding Ways Forward: A Conversation with the Next Generation of Politicians and Activists”
Keynote Lecture: Pat Williams
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