Distinguished Stony Brook Teaching Professor to Deliver President’s Lecture at UM

October 13, 2014

MISSOULA – A nationally known lecturer will deliver the next installment of the 2014-15 President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana.

Michael Schwartz, an award-winning professor and the founding director of the College of Global Studies at Stony Brook University, will present “It’s the Oil, Stupid: The Oily Aspects of the Current Wars in Iraq, Syria and Other Hot Spots on Five Continents,” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre.

Schwartz also will lead a seminar earlier that day, titled “Military Neo-Liberalism: The Evolving Profile of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century,” from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The lecture and seminar both are free and open to the public.

After graduating from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in sociology in 1971, Schwartz began teaching at Stony Brook University in New York. He lectures and writes on the topics of economic, Marxist, historical and political sociology as well as ethnic relations, insurgency and revolution, and applied sociology.

In 2008, Schwartz wrote “War Without End: The Iraq War in Context.” He is nearing completion of two books: “Military Neo-Liberalism” and “The Rise and Fall of Detroit” with Joshua Murray.

Schwartz is currently working on two additional research projects: “Politics, Economics, and Violent Resistance in Iraq” and “Food Riots in Latin America.”

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 http://umt.edu/president/events/lectures/ or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.


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