17th Annual International Conference on Central & Southwest Asia

 Thursday, April 18-Friday, April 19, 2019

All Events Will Be Held at the University Center Theater, Third Floor, University Center Building, University of Montana

Thursday, April 18, 2019

11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Presenter: Ekta Gupta (Visiting Fulbright Scholar, University of Lucknow, India)

Presentation: The Partition of the Indian Subcontinent: Women and the Disharmony and Disfiguration of India

12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Student Panel

Chair & Discussant: Dr. Ardi Kia (UM Central & Southwest Asian Studies Center)

Student Presenters: Chris Hanson, Sean Kitson, Isaac Mann, Kelcie Murphy, Jacob O’Neil

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Russia, United States, and the Middle East: A Panel Discussion

Chair & Discussant: Dr. Michael Mayer (UM Department of History)

Presenters: Dr. Robert Greene (Chair, UM Department of History); Robert Seidenschwarz (Montana World Affairs Council/Visiting Scholar, Central & Southwest Asian Studies Center)

7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Keynote Presentation

Welcome Remarks:

  • President Seth Bodnar, President, University of Montana
  • Janet Rose, Executive Director, Montana World Affairs Council

Chair & Discussant: Robert Seidenschwarz

Presenter: Will Todman (Associate Fellow in the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies-Washington DC)

Presentation: The Ties That Bind: Family, Tribe, Nation, and the Rise of Individualism in the Arab World

Friday, April 19, 2019

10:30-11:30 AM

Presentation: From Factory of the World to Superpower: China’s Troubled Transition

A Conversation with Dexter Roberts, Award-winning Journalist and Speaker, Former China Bureau Chief at Bloomberg Businessweek

Presenters: Dexter Roberts & Robert Seidenschwarz

11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Presentation: The Resurgence of Anti-Semitism in the United States, Europe and Beyond

Presenters: Bruce Barrett (Missoula Attorney/Visiting Scholar, Central & Southwest Asian Studies Center); Dr. Michael Mayer (UM Department of History)

1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Presentation: Centrality of Central Asia

Presenter: Dr. Ardi Kia (UM Central & Southwest Asian Studies Center)

2:00 PM-4:30 PM

Presentation: China, Central Asia & the Middle East

Chair: Professor Zhen Cao (UM Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures)

Presenters: Professor NIU Song; Professor QIAN Xuming; Professor ZHANG Yuan; Professor ZHAO Jun (Shanghai International Studies University)


Sponsored by: Central & Southwest Asian Studies Center at the University of Montana, Shanghai International Studies University, Montana World Affairs Council, UM Department of History, Office of the Provost, University of Montana