Yearly Archives: 2014


Follow up to Robert D. English lecture on the Crisis in the Ukraine

Following the lecture given by Robert D. English on 1 December 2014 in the University of Montana President’s Lecture Series, there have been some interesting developments in the local press. On December 9, this guest column appeared in the Missoulian Newspaper, to which I wrote the following response:   Immodest responses to modest proposals from: […]


The Crisis in Ukraine 1

Robert D. English gave a lecture on 1 December in the President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana: “Ukraine, Russia, and the West: Crisis, Causes, and Consequences.” He is the Director of the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California and the author, among other books, of Russia and the Idea […]


The President’s Lecture Series: A Reflection

In 1987, President James Koch asked me to coor- dinate what he hoped would become a year-long lecture series at UM. It would be called the President’s Lecture Series with funding from his office. I had instructions from him to invite for the 1987-1988 academic year eight or ten important speakers representing the humanities, arts, […]

President's Lecture Series

Book Review: Bill Emmott, Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future

Richard Drake, review of Bill Emmott, Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future (Yale University Press), The European Legacy, vol. 19, no. 7, December 2014, pp. 924-926; published online. Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future. By Bill Emmott (New Haven, CT: Yale University […]


Alan Wolfe on Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews 1

On Thursday, 11 September 2014, Alan Wolfe gave a seminar at the University of Montana on “Why Diaspora Is Good for the Jews.” He is the director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. Since receiving his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967, he […]


Journal of American History Review of The Education of an Anti-imperialist: Robert La Folette and U.S. Expansion

This is a review that appeared in The Journal of American History, volume 101, number 2, September 2014, pp. 612-613. The full text of the review is posted here with the publisher’s permission.   When scholars are asked to rank the greatest U.S. senators, Robert M. La Follette regularly tops the list. His influence spans […]


The Barton-Howe “Report” and the Middle East, Past and Present

From the beginning of America’s direct strategic involvement in the Middle East, immediately following World War I, cogent advice abounded about how the region should be treated. Col. Edward M. House, the close friend and adviser to President Woodrow Wilson, warned that a peace based on the old game of Western imperialism, however artfully disguised […]


Charles Beard & The English Historians

At the time of his death in 1948, Charles Beard was the most famous historian in America. His books sold in the millions of copies. In his best-known work, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States (1913), he argued that the material interests of the founding fathers explained their key decisions at […]


Choice Review of The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert La Follette and U.S. Expansion

The following review of The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert La Follette and U.S. Expansion appeared in the June 2014 issue of CHOICE: There are many biographical accounts available of Wisconsin’s progressive governor and senator, Robert M. La Follette, Sr., but this latest one offers a fresh perspective that often surprises with its insights. Drake […]


Robert George on “John Stuart Mill and John Henry Cardinal Newman: Two Concepts of Liberty and Conscience”

On Thursday, 1 May, Robert George spoke at the University of Montana. The McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Founder and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, George has been described by the New York Times Magazine as “this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker.” Karl Mannheim asserted […]


The Hope and Ultimate Tragedy of the 1919 King-Crane Report

Below is the full text of the article that appeared in the June/July 2014 issue of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. http://www.wrmea.org/wrmea-archives/557-washington-report-archives-2011-2015/june-july-2014/12542-the-hope-and-ultimate-tragedy-of-the-1919-king-crane-report.html The King-Crane Report, a little-known and even less understood historical document, prophetically warned of the conflicts raging in the Middle East today. Created during the post-World War I Paris Peace Conference […]


Rowena Xiaoqing He and the Tiananmen Massacre

In the spring of 1989, millions of citizens across China took to the streets in a nationwide uprising against government corruption and authoritarian rule.  What began with widespread hope for political reform ended with the People’s Liberation Army firing on unarmed citizens in the capital city of Beijing. Thousands of people were killed or arrested. […]


Andrew Bacevich on a Christian Conception of History

Andrew Bacevich spoke in the President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana on 12 March 2014 and made a powerful case for the continuing importance of Reinhold Niebuhr’s Irony of American History. Niebuhr, a theologian and public intellectual, wrote in this 1952 book how “modern man lacks the humility to accept the fact that […]


A Conversation with Avishai Margalit

Avishai Margalit, the Shulman Professor of Philosophy emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, came to the University of Montana to speak on 28 February in the President’s Lecture Series. Excitement over his visit had been building for weeks. One of the foremost living philosophers and particularly renowned as a brilliant commentator on contemporary moral […]


Andrew Bacevich’s American Conservative review of The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert La Follette and U.S. Expansion

Andrew Bacevich wrote a review of The Education of an Anti-Imperialist: Robert La Follette and U.S. Expansion in the March/April 2014 issue of American Conservative. To read the full review, click here. To read Paul Buhle’s review of the book in The Wisconsin State Journal, click here.