Author to Kick Off President’s Lecture Series with Talk on ‘Political Evil’

September 02, 2014

MISSOULA – Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College, will deliver a lecture titled “Political Evil: What It Is and How to Combat It” to kick off of the 2014-15 University of Montana President’s Lecture series at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

The lecture is the annual Stan Kimmitt Lecture on Public Service. Wolfe also will lead a seminar earlier that day on his latest book, “Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews,” from 3:40 to 5 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. In the seminar, he will put forth his argument that Jews living outside the Jewish state have flourished. Both events are free and open to the public.

Wolfe received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. In addition to his teaching and administrative work at Boston College, Wolfe is a Senior Fellow with the World Policy Institute at the New School University in New York City. He was the George H. W. Bush Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in 2004.

He has lectured widely at American and European universities. In addition to writing more than 20 books, Wolfe has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly and Commonweal. He is a contributing editor of The Wilson Quarterly, Commonwealth Magazine and In Character.

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


Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and lecture series organizer, 406-243-2981,