Community Conversations: The Human Impact Of Conflict

May 24

6:30 to 8 PM // Free

Using the exhibition Brian Maguire: In the Light of Conscience as an access point, the public is invited to reflect on borders, disappearances, human rights, and life after conflict. This informal conversation is presented as an opportunity to examine the role of humanity within the geopolitical events that shape our world.

Free and open to the public. Presented in collaboration with Soft Landing Missoula and the Montana World Affairs Council.

Speakers include:

  • Fernanda Menna Barreto Krum is from Santa Maria, Brazil. A trauma psychologist and social entrepreneur, she has worked in the healing process with victims of war and torture and trained local counselors in multiple emergency zones throughout the world. She and her husband Robert started Imagine Nation Brewery in Missoula. Imagine Nation is lauded as the U.S.'s first combination of microbrewery and center for community transformation. Since 2015, the brewery hosted over 4,000 events for more than 500 organizations and raised countless funds.
  • Paul Mwingwa is the Refugee Congress Delegate for Montana. He is a resettled refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and came to the U.S. in 2018. As a refugee, Paul always had the hope that he would one day rewrite the story of his life and that the suffering he endured would be a path that led to success in the future. Today, he works as a Swahili language instructor and private contractor at the Lifelong Learning Center and a food service worker at Providence St. Patrick Hospital. He was recently honored as Employee of the Quarter at Providence St. Patrick Hospital, and his manager described him as clearly displaying “admirable qualities for others to aspire to.” Paul serves as a member of the Refugees Advisory Council (RAC) for the IRC and as a driving teacher, helping refugees learn to drive. In Rwanda, he was a Refugee Representative to the UNHCR from 2014 to 2016. Paul has studied computer network design, configuration, and administration modules at Missoula College and Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.

  • Clay Scott is a long-time journalist who has worked in radio, print, and television. He spent many years as a foreign correspondent based in Sarajevo, Jerusalem, and Moscow, covering wars and conflicts in the Middle East, the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Africa. Clay has won many awards for his work, including an Emmy while with ABC News for his reporting from Kosovo. He currently produces audio stories and works with homeless and disadvantaged teens around Montana. He recently returned from Ukraine, where he documented the stories of families fleeing the conflict. Clay lives in Helena.

Moderated by Chris Hyslop, the Executive Director of the Montana World Affairs Council. The Montana World Affairs Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering global awareness and understanding in Montana’s classrooms and communities. Chris began his professional career as a high school teacher. He then served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet state in Central Asia, from 1995 to 1997. Following his service, he worked with humanitarian organizations and the United Nations around the world in Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Sudan, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Chechnya, the Balkans, China, Liberia, and Eritrea. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Education. He attended the Harvard Kennedy School where he received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Chris lives in Missoula with his wife, Karie, who works at the University of Montana’s Physics Department, and their two daughters.