Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin

An Evening with Mountaineer Legends Anker & Chin

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 3, for a March 27 lecture at Montana State University by legendary mountaineers Conrad Anker and Jimmy Chin.

The world-famous mountaineering team will speak about their successes, challenges and hardships at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, in MSU’s SUB Ballrooms. A Q&A will follow the lecture. All proceeds from tickets sale will benefit the Khumbu Climbing Center, a center that trains Sherpas in Nepal.

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An Evening With Sir Ken Robinson, Feb. 8, 7:30pm

Sir Ken Robinson

How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Sir Ken Robinson, the British expert on creativity and innovation who is the most-watched speaker in the TED Talk video series throughout the world, will speak at Montana State University at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Strand Union Ballrooms. “An Evening with Sir Ken Robinson - How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything” will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Known for his challenge of traditional education, Robinson has built a global audience via his TED talks, which have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in more than 150 countries, making him the most-viewed TED presenter in the history of the organization. Throughout his work, Robinson pushes people to rethink outdated assumptions about intelligence, education and creativity, and to unleash the real potential of people and organizations.

A best-selling author, Robinson’s books include New York Times best-sellers “Finding Your Element” and “The Element" and "Out of Our Minds.” His latest book, “Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education,” tackles the issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled education system.

Named one of “the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine and featured in the 2011 Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thinkers, Robinson works with governments, education systems, international agencies, global corporations and some of the world’s leading cultural institutions to jump-start innovation by unlocking the creative energy of people and organizations.  

“(Robinson’s message) is especially powerful for students,” Connor Mulvaney said. “It is not just a critique on the current system, but a call to action. He shares with us a simple message: We can do better.”

Tickets to the general public are sold out.

Robinson’s lecture is sponsored by MSU’s Leadership Institute, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Honors College, College of Education, Health and Human Development, Office of International Programs, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Office of Student Engagement, ASMSU, as well as Murdoch’s Home and Ranch Supply. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with live music featuring local artists until the start of the lecture. There is free parking in all MSU SB, E or F lots after 6 p.m. 


2016 Speakers

Irshad Manji
Moral Courage: The Secret to Becoming a Gutsy Global Citizen

Irshad Manji



Monday, February 22nd
7:30pm in MSU’s Strand Union Ballrooms
Doors Open at 6:45pm
Tickets $5
Available at local TicketsWest locations and the Bobcat Ticket Office

Join us for an insightful evening with internationally renowned best-selling author Irshad Manji, as she shares her story of daring moral courage. Manji is the Director of the Moral Courage Project, dedicated to equipping people with the ability to make decisions without compromising their integrity. For Manji, this means living openly as a lesbian and a Muslim. Irshad Manji seeks to encourage and empower people of all faiths and backgrounds to stand up to abuse, even in the face of fear. Manji demonstrates this integrity constantly as she receives death threats but still maintains her faith while trying to bridge the widening gap between faith and freedom. "Ms. Manji shares one of the most inspiring and powerful messages that I have ever heard," says President Waded Cruzado. "I am thrilled that our MSU community has been given the opportunity to experience such a dynamic speaker."

Known for her best-selling books, including Allah, Liberty, and Love and Trouble with Islam Today, Manji’s writing focuses on empowering individuals to question and make choices in the face of fear and adversity. Manji has recently been awarded with the Lantos Human Rights Prize. According to Katrina Lantos Swett, president of the Lantos Foundation, this prize is granted to individuals with “courage and towering moral strength,” and those who have faced personal danger in exposing human rights abuses. Previous recipients of the Lantos Prize include the Dalai Lama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former Israeli President Shimon Peres. Manji will speak as well as engage in an interactive Q&A session.  For more information, please call the MSU Leadership Institute at 406-994-7275.

This leadership program is sponsored by:


Kelly Matheson
Award-winning activist filmmaker and director of the Video as Evidence project for WITNESS


Kelly Matheson

Tuesday, March 8th
7:30pm in MSU’s Strand Union Ballrooms
Doors Open at 6:45pm
Tickets free
Available starting January 22nd at 10:00am at local TicketsWest locations and the Bobcat Ticket Office

Human rights attorney and award-winning filmmaker Kelly Matheson will speak about her work dedicated to exposing human rights abuses through film, across the globe. As a filmmaker, attorney, and head of the Video as Evidence program under the international organization called WITNESS, Matheson teaches activists worldwide the filmmaking skills necessary to preserve their work as admissible evidence in courts of law. Indeed, Matheson wholeheartedly believes in the power of first-hand videography and photography to change the nature of evidence, saying: “The camera is the new DNA technology. The difference is that DNA technology is only available to specialists. The cell-phone camera is available to most everyone worldwide. It is a key go to source of evidence to both help us uncover the truth and hold people accountable for their actions. It is my hope that cameras in everyone’s hands will bring about more transparency, accountability and justice.”

An Alumni of MSU’s College of Film and Photography, Matheson has taken this knowledge to work on a wide range of human rights issues ranging from Ebola prevention to climate change to the trafficking of children and war crimes. More recently, Matheson has been working in Ukraine to launch a project for citizen witnesses, media activists, and human rights advocates to better document the crime activity in Eastern Ukraine. Matheson has been awarded the Telly Award for her film on pilots who voluntarily fly over threatened islands in Costa Rica. Her work in Brazil was featured in the New York Times Magazine. “Matheson is a powerful beacon of human rights advocacy, shining a light on behind-the-scenes events that expose truths we often do not see,” says Carmen McSpadden, Director of the MSU Leadership Institute.

This leadership program is sponsored by: