Author to Lecture at UM on ‘New American Militarism’

March 05, 2014

MISSOULA – Author and Boston University Professor of International Relations and History Andrew J. Bacevich will deliver a lecture titled “The New American Militarism” as part of the University of Montana President’s Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

Bacevich also will deliver a seminar titled “The Importance of Reinhold Niebuhr’s ‘Irony of American History’” in collaboration with the UM Philosophy Forum and Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. that same day in Gallagher Business Building Room 123.

Bacevich is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received his doctorate in American diplomatic history from Princeton University. Before joining Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins University. He currently teaches courses on American military experience and foreign policy.

As an author, he has gained a national following for his penetrating criticisms of American foreign policy, particularly the country’s post-Cold War military interventions. He draws from thinkers as diverse as Charles A. Beard, William Appleman Williams and Reinhold Niebuhr in formulating a scathing indictment of American imperialism and militarism.

His books include “American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy,” “The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War,” “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism,” “Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War” and “Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.”

His essays and reviews have appeared in The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, The New Republic and The American Conservative. He has published op-eds in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times.

In 2004, Bacevich was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He also has held fellowships at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Council on Foreign Relations.

The President’s Lecture Series consists of 10 talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers throughout the academic year. For more information, visit http://umt.edu/president/events/lectures/ or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.

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Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and lecture series organizer, 406-243-2981, richard.drake@umontana.edu.