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Speaker sketches history of Latinos in U.S., Montana

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Don’t blame Bridget Kevane if her talk on “Latino America, Latino Montana” was a little short on details. Kevane, associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University, addressed her very broad topic in just over an hour Thursday as part of the High Noon lecture series at the Western Heritage Center in downtown Billings. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Montana Ethic Project: What our myths say about us

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This is the final chapter of the 32-part video series “The Montana Ethic Project.” This chapter features Michael Sexson, an emeritus professor of English at Montana State University in Bozeman, talking about “Mythic Montana: The Last and the Best.”  You can watch the whole video below. Here is an edited transcript of how it begins:

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Montana Ethic Project: Let’s harness the power of music

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This is the 31st chapter of the 32-part video series “The Montana Ethic Project.” This chapter features Ilse Mari-Lee, the dean of the Honors College at Montana State University in Bozeman and a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, talking about  on “Music: An Integral Part in the Lives of Montanans.” You can watch the whole video below. Here is an edited transcript of how it begins:

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Montana colleges rank near middle of pack

Montana colleges and universities posted mediocre results in Washington Monthly’s annual rankings, which came out Monday. The University of Montana ranked 115th nationally in the overall rankings. It was the only Montana school to make the list, which included more than 300 colleges and universities. In the “Best Bang for the Bucks” listing of colleges in the West, only the University of Montana Western campus in Dillion cracked the top 40. Montana Tech in Butte was listed 49th. Continue Reading →

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Montana Ethic Project: On equal pay for equal work

Wilmer

This is the third chapter of the 32-part video series “The Montana Ethic Project.” This chapter features Franke Wilmer, a former state representative, former chair of the Montana Human Rights Commission and a political science professor at Montana State University, speaking on “Gender Equity.” You can watch the whole video below. Here is how it opens:

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Prairie Lights: Millions later, the ‘meth epidemic’ is back

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If you’ve been following the news in Montana at all recently, you know that methamphetamine use is once again a terrible problem. Just last month, the Billings Gazette ran a story with a headline that said, “Meth possession spikes while other crimes stay steady.” The story quoted Police Chief Rich St. John, who said this about the near-record number of murders: “There’s a common denominator, and it’s usually methamphetamine.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Weekly video series will explore the ‘Montana ethic’

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Starting a week from today and continuing every Monday for 32 weeks, Last Best News will be running a series of video presentations by state leaders in business, politics and academics. The Montana Ethic Project was created by a group of students at Montana State University and the University of Montana. They wanted some of the brightest, most inspiring people in Montana to speak directly to other residents of this state about subjects important to themselves and to the larger society. (more…) Continue Reading →

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