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Reflections on Harvey Mansfield’s “Science and the Humanities in America’s Universities,” a Lecture at the University of Montana, President’s Lecture Series, 1 May 2015

Prior to sending invitations for the President’s Lecture Series, I do background checks on prospective speakers. As the coordinator of the series, I want to know about the quality of a speaker’s ideas and capacity to address a town-gown audience. The most interesting discovery that turned up about Harvey Mansfield during my background check of […]


The Return of Avishai Margalit

Almost one year after a blizzard forced the cancellation of his scheduled talks at the University of Montana, Avishai Margalit returned to Missoula on 19 February 2015. One of the world’s foremost living philosophers and particularly prized as a brilliant commentator on contemporary moral issues facing Western societies, he gave a lecture the next day […]


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, […]

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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 […]


Chris Hedges Speaks at the University of Montana

            At an afternoon President’s Lecture Series seminar on 3 February at the University of Montana, Chris Hedges described the publishing history of his requiem for America, The Death of the Liberal Class. The Knopf publishing house rejected an early draft. The editors did not like his “negativity.” Appreciative readers of the book owe thanks […]