The "Bringing the U to You" Lecture Series is a collaborative effort of the UM Alumni Association and MSU Alumni Foundation.
The U to You Committee is a group of University of Montana and Montana State University alumni committed to connecting the campuses to the Great Falls area through stimulating educational experiences.
Mehrdad Kia, UM
Islam in the West
March 13, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Entire series: $25 (view here)
Individual lecture: $10/general or $5/students
Limited seating available
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Tickets also available at Kaufman's
Great Falls College MSU Heritage Hall (map)
Growing up in his native Iran and earning college degrees in the United States qualify Mehrdad Kia to talk about
both worlds. His talk will cover the problematic relationship between the Islamic world and the United States, with
a narrow focus on Islamic countries and regions which pose a challenge to the peace and stability of the Middle
East and North Africa, as well as the security and national interests of the United States.
Kia, professor of Middle Eastern, North African and Central Asian history at the University of Montana, is also
director of UM’s Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center. His field of expertise is the political, cultural and
intellectual history of Iran, the Ottoman Empire and Central Asia during the 19th and early 20th centuries. An
award-winning professor, Kia has published three books.
After earning a master’s and PhD in history at the University of Wisconsin, Kia taught at Wisconsin and Cornell
College before coming to UM in 1989.
Kia has said he thinks the United States has been successful because it embraces people of diverse ethnic
backgrounds. “As educators, we need to give students a sense of how amazing and how flavored this world is,” he