DANVILLE, KY - Professor James Bill, a distinguished scholar in the field of international studies, will speak at Centre College, Thursday, March 23, on The Politics of War and Religion in the Persian Gulf. His lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Weisiger Theatre in the Norton Center for the Arts.
Bill is appearing at Centre as the annual Roy Ray Lecturer.
One of the nation's leading authorities on politics of the Middle East, Bill's views on Middle Eastern affairs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal and other major news publications. He won acclaim for a study published in 1988 by Yale University Press, The Eagles and The Lion: The Tragedy of American-Iranian Relations. He has published other major works including Politics and Petroleum and Politics in the Middle East.
Bill was the founding director of the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary. He now serves the center as director emeritus and continues to teach government at William and Mary.
In demand as a guest lecturer, he has spoken on more than 90 campuses in the United States, along with worldwide locations ranging from Tokyo and Moscow to Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi.
Bill is a graduate of Assumption College and holds a doctorate from Princeton University.
The Roy Ray Lecture is funded by an endowment established at Centre by a gift from Dr. Roy R. Ray, a 1924 graduate of the college who earned a law degree with honors at the University of Kentucky. Ray taught at the Southern Methodist University School of Law for 38 years and was the author of a widely used textbook on Texas state law. He died in 1994.
Ray funded the lectureship at Centre in order to bring to campus outstanding speakers on topics related to government and politics.
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