Montana Governor Steve Bullock and Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center Director, Dr. Mehrdad Kia, in Helena on September 8.

Governor Steve Bullock and Dr. Mehrdad Kia

Public outreach and furthering the university’s educational mission are key to the work of the Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center. Students and scholars from Asia, Europe, and across the United States have come to UM to study the history, politics, languages, and cultures of these increasingly critical regions. Diplomats, artists, writers, poets, and politicians from around the world participate in numerous Center activities, including its annual conference, held every April and now in its fourteenth year. Brown Bag lunch presentations and evening lectures are offered to the UM and Missoula communities throughout the year. Away from campus, Center faculty and scholars have lectured to and given training sessions for a variety of groups and professional organizations, including educators, attorneys, judges, government officials in numerous countries of the region, staff of the U. S. State Department, and members of the U.S. military, including Special Forces and Navy Seals.  On September 8, Dr. Mehrdad Kia, the director of UM’s Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center traveled to Helena to present a two-hour lecture on conflicts and critical issues in Central and Southwest Asia to Montana Governor Steve Bullock, his Cabinet, members of his personal staff, and officers of the Montana Army National Guard.