19th Annual International Conference on Central & Southwest Asia

Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14, 2022

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

Wednesday April 13, 2022

12:00-2:00 pm

Keynote Presentation: “Why They Flee: Viewing Asian Regimes through an American Immigration Lens”

Presenter: Susan Cohen (Internationally Recognized Immigration Attorney, Founding Chair, Immigration Practice)

Chair-Moderator: Robert Seidenschwarz (Past President, Montana World Affairs Council, Visiting Scholar, Central & Southwest Asian Studies Center) 

2:00-3:00 pm

Panel Presentation: Immigration, Nationalism & the Nation-State: the Case of France

Presenters: Mladen Kozul (UM Associate Professor of French), Immigration, Nationalism and French Political Culture; Michel Valentin, (UM Retired Professor of French), Capitalist Fluxes and Populism in Contemporary France 

3:00-4:00 pm

A Roundtable on United States Foreign Policy in Russia & Ukraine

Presenters: Michael Mayer (UM Department of History); Robert Seidenschwarz (Past President, Montana World Affairs Council, Visiting Scholar, Central & Southwest Asian Studies Center; Mehrdad Kia (Central & Southwest Asian Studies Center) 

7:00-7:10 pm

Welcome Remarks: Reed Humphrey (Provost, University of Montana), Nathan Lindsay (Associate Provost, University of Montana)

7:10-9:00 pm

Keynote Presentation: Iranians and their World: In the Shadow of the Russian Bear

Presenter: Ambassador John Limbert (Former U.S. Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. A veteran U.S. diplomat and a former official at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, where he was held captive during the Iran hostage crisis)

Thursday April 14, 2022

12:30-2:00 pm        

Central & Southwest Asian Studies Keynote Presentation: Centrality of Central Asia

Presenter: Ardi Kia (Director, Central & Southwest Asian Studies Center, University of Montana) 

2:00-3:30 pm

Horsemanship in Central Asia

Film Presentation: “Wings of Kyrgyzstan” Documentary Screening & Introduction/Talk by Visual Anthropologist/Filmmaker Sophia Dia Pegrum

Chair-Moderator: Janet Rose (Director, Development, Communications & Strategic Partnerships, Montana Center for Horsemanship) 

3:30-5:00 pm

Central & Southwest Asian Studies Student Panel

Presenters: Alex Anderlik, Zachary Kompel, William Schuman-kline, Hazel Videon,

Chair-Moderator: Ardi Kia (Director, Central & Southwest Asian Studies Center, University of Montana) 

7:00-9:00 pm

Keynote Presentation: The New World Disorder: Hybrid Wars, Displacement, Sanctions and Reconstruction from Syria to Ukraine

Presenter: Amr Al Azam (Professor of Middle East History & Anthropology, Shawnee State University)