October 18, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Best-selling author and political analyst Kevin Phillips will give the talk, "Oil, Debt, Religion and Geopolitics," Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in Rooke Chapel at Bucknell University.

In his talk, Philips will discuss how the particular combination of an economy dependent on oil-based technology and ever-increasing debt, and a political coalition led by radical religion, may be leading the United States to the brink of disaster. Phillips argues that we must change course now to avoid dire consequences.

Strategic adviser to President Richard Nixon, Phillips is a regular commentator for National Public Radio and a contributing columnist to the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Influential best-selling author

One of his first books, The Emerging Republican Majority, set the political strategy for Nixon's presidential campaign in 1968 and transformed the American political landscape for the generation that followed.

In his two New York Times bestsellers, American Dynasty and Wealth and Democracy, he established himself as a powerful critic of the political and economic forces that are ruling — and imperiling — the United States.

His most recent, American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century, draws a historical parallel from Ancient Rome to the British Empire and to the United States today, relating how every world-dominating power has been brought down by a related set of causes: a lethal combination of global over- reach, militant religion, resource problems, and ballooning debt.

Lecture is timely

The lecture, which is free to the public, "is particularly timely, coming less that a week before the fall elections," said Geoffrey Schneider, associate professor of economics and director of the Bucknell Teaching and Learning Center. "As Mr. Phillips is a lifelong, moderate Republican as well as a vocal critic of the current political situation in the U.S., his talk should be provocative and engaging to a wide audience."

This lecture is sponsored by the Office of the President; the Science, Technology and Society Lectureship Series; the University Lectureship Committee; the Environmental Center; the Environmental Residential College; and the departments of economics, geography, political science, management, sociology/anthropology, and religion.

Other speakers in the 2006-07 Science, Technology, and Society Colloquium Series, "Technological Turning Points: Technology, Geopolitics, and Economics in the 21st Century," series will explore issues such as global and national implications of innovations in building (Volker Hartkopf, Feb. 5); and the Industrial Revolution and the beginnings of modern economic growth (Joel Mokyr, March 21).

For more information on the series, see www.bucknell.edu/academicaffairs/sts

Posted Oct. 18, 2006

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