On Thursday January 4, the public will have a unique opportunity to gain insight into the increasing role ideology and religion play in shaping our foreign policy. How has the United States altered its world view in response to ideological pressure? What are the direct and indirect consequences of this perspective? How does the rest of the world view us as a result?

Come hear former Middlebury College president Olin Robison speak on the influence of religion in today’s global policy decisions. A frequent commentator on VPR, Mr Robison has advised both Democratic and Republican administrations on U.S.-Soviet relations, and has served on and chaired numerous commissions and task forces, including the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Olin Robison was president of Middlebury College for 15 years, from 1975 to 1990. In 1991, Robison was named president of the Salzburg Seminar, based in Salzburg, Austria, and in Middlebury, a leading forum for promoting global dialogue on issues of pressing international concern.

This presentation will take place Thursday January 4, 7pm at The Bundy Center for the Arts in Waitsfield.

Dr. Olin Robison’s Recommended Reading List:

The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History
by Philip Bobbitt

American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
by Jon Meacham

Historian's Approach to Religion
by Arnold Joseph Toynbee

Earthly Powers: The Clash of Religion and Politics in Europe, from the French Revolution to the Great War
by Michael Burleigh

The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions
Karen Armstrong (and the many other related titles by Karen Armstrong)

Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs
by Madeleine Albright, William Woodward, Bill Woodward, Bill Woodward (With), Bill Clinton (Introduction)

American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
by Kevin Phillips

God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It
by Jim Wallis