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Presidential Lecture, Sept. 11–Stephen M. Walt

8 September 2006 by Samantha Hines

This coming Monday, the 11th, Stephen M. Walt of Harvard University will present the first Presidential lecture of the academic year. Entitled “What Went Wrong with U.S. Foreign Policy,” the lecture will be held in the University Theatre at 8 pm.

Professor Walt is facing controversy over a recent essay he and John J. Mearsheimer wrote, called “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.” This essay proposes that the U.S.’s strong support for Israel has not been in our best interests. An article by Benny Morris in the New Republic on May 8th of this year (available in print in the library, but not online at the request of the author) took Professors Walt and Mearsheimer to task for a lack of ‘intellectual integrety.’ Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School has also issued a strong reply to the professors’ article. The New York Review of Books also featured a thorough overview of the contention in a June 8th article by Michael Massing.

The Faculty-Student Seminar that Professor Walt is presenting in conjunction with his lecture is based on “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.” You can read the articles linked above or do some further background research in the library’s many databases, and attend the seminar to hear what is sure to be a lively debate. The seminar is also on Monday, September 11, from 3:10-4:30 in Gallagher 123.

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5 Responses to “Presidential Lecture, Sept. 11–Stephen M. Walt”

  1. Anon Says:

    For detailed critique of Prof. Walt’s paper also see:

    http://jeffweintraub.blogspot.com/2006/04/some-rebuttals-to-mearsheimer-walts.html

    http://jpundit.typepad.com/jci/2006/03/walt_mearsheime.html

  2. Samantha Hines Says:

    Thanks for commenting! If anyone else has links to share, please comment as well.

  3. Eric Says:

    Samantha, will these made available on podcast?

  4. Samantha Hines Says:

    Eric, as far as I know they were not recorded and will not be made available. I will pass on the recommendation, however, and do some further checking. Thanks!

  5. Samantha Hines Says:

    Eric and everyone, I have found that this and other presidential lectures are recorded by MCAT and dropped off at the library annually to be added to our collections. We will see about making the audio available online once we receive our copy. Thanks!

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