Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold will give a lecture titled “While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era” as part of the University of Montana President’s Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday in the Dennison Theatre.
Feingold, who served for 18 years as a Democratic senator from Wisconsin, often went against the grain in Washington, D.C. He was the lone senator to vote against the Patriot Act in 2001. After voting against the Iraq war, in 2005 he became the first senator to call for the U.S. to withdraw from that country. In 2006, he moved to censure President George W. Bush for authorizing an illegal program to spy on American citizens on U.S. soil and then misleading Congress and the public about the program’s existence.
In his lecture, Feingold will show how oversimplification and disinformation about terrorism, Islam and U.S. policies have undermined the country’s capacity for effective action in the world.
Feingold also will present a seminar titled “Campaign Finance in the Post-Citizens United Era” from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. Monday in Gallagher Business Building, Room 123. After the Citizens United decision to open the door for corporations and unions to spend freely in elections, Feingold denounced the U.S. Supreme Court as an arm of corporate America.
Feingold’s lecture is the annual Stan Kimmitt Lecture on Public Service and the seminar is presented in collaboration with the UM Philosophy Forum. The seminar and lecture are free and open to the public.
The President’s Lecture Series consists of 10 talks by distinguished speakers throughout the academic year. For more information, go to www.umt.edu/president/events/lectures or call UM history professor Richard Drake at 243-2981.