Guest Lecture Series – “Becoming Chinese in Montana”

Dawson Community College is pleased to announce the first in a new series of guest lectures to take place throughout the spring semester. On Tuesday, January 29, historian Mark Johnson will present “Becoming Chinese in Montana.” The lecture will take place at 6 p.m. in the Toepke Auditorium.

Mark Johnson

Montana had a large Chinese population in the late nineteenth century – a fact that is well-known. However, most coverage of this community focuses solely on their challenges and contributions in the American West, paying little attention to the global nature of the Chinese experience. Understanding Montana’s Chinese pioneers through a global lens will show them as active and engaged participants who used the skills they gained in the American West to work for self-improvement and to strengthen a severely weakened China that they had temporarily left, but never forgotten.

Mark Johnson is a Fellow with the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Education Initiatives. Johnson, a teacher of History for 20 years, has been recognized for excellence in the field of teaching with numerous national and international awards. His current area of research is the history of Chinese communities throughout Montana.

The lecture is free for members of the public. Montana educators who attend may earn 2 renewal units for a cost of $10.

The Guest Lecture Series brings researchers and professionals from various fields to DCC to share information and perspectives and facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge among students, faculty, staff, and the public. Upcoming lecturers and topics include:

  • February 19 – Montana and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic; Janelle M. Olberding
  • March 25 – Opening of Native Voices, a group exhibition featuring Native American art and artists; speaker TBA
  • April 9 – Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust; Mark Johnson

For more information on DCC’s Guest Lecture Series and the upcoming lecture, contact Janelle Olberding, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at 406-377-9444 or

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