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February 08, 2011
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Huntingdon College
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Huntingdon's Stallworth Lecture Brings Andrew Bacevich to Montgomery

Montgomery, Ala.—Internationally recognized diplomatic and military historian Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich will deliver the 2010–2011 Stallworth Lecture at Huntingdon College, Tuesday, March 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the College's Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.  Funded by an endowment intended to bring a person of note to Montgomery annually to speak on the responsibilities of citizenship, this lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book-signing and reception in the Office of the President.  Books will be available for sale by Capitol Book and News.

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue, U.S. historians and political scientists are examining more closely the role of the United States in foreign policy, and the role of U.S. citizens in accepting or changing how the United States views its role.  No stranger to war or to academia, Dr. Bacevich will speak on the the complexities of these issues.

Dr. Bacevich is a 1969 West Point graduate and earned his Ph.D. in American diplomatic history from Princeton University.   He taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins Universities before joining the faculty at Boston University in 1998, where he serves as a professor of international relations and history. Dr. Bacevich served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, then went on to serve in several international posts from Germany to the Persian Gulf until his retirement with the rank of lieutenant colonel in the early 1990s.  Dr. Bacevich has also experienced the pain of loss because of war:  his son was killed in the second war in Iraq.

Known as an authority on American foreign policy, Dr. Bacevich's books include Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War (2010; Metropolitan Books); The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008; Metropolitan Books); The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy Since World War II (2007; Columbia University Press); The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005; Oxford University Press); and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of US Diplomacy (2002; Harvard College).  A self-described "Catholic conservative,” Dr. Bacevich  contributed an introduction to the new edition of The Irony of American History, a theological classic by Reinhold Niebuhr first published in 1952.

Speaking with knowledge born of experience, Dr. Bacevich promises to bring fresh discussion on American foreign policy, placing current policies in historical context, enlivening the current debate, and envisioning a new path for the future of America and of the world.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. Placement rates into graduate and professional schools are, in most cases, more than twice the national averages.

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