CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Council on Foreign Relations’ James Lindsay, a leading authority on the American foreign policymaking process and the domestic politics of American foreign policy, will present “Donald Trump and Ideology” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Lindsay, who also is co-author of the 2018 book, “The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership,” will give the keynote address as part of a three-day conference, “Ideologies and U.S. Foreign Policy,” hosted by OSU.

Lindsay’s talk also serves as the 2018-19 Governor Tom McCall lecture, which honors McCall's legacy and brings to campus notable people in journalism and political science. The event will be held in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., and is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

The conference runs May 31-June 1 in Corvallis. More than 20 renowned scholars of history and political science will gather to discuss crucial issues in U.S. foreign policy in historical and contemporary contexts. All of the conference panels are free and open to the public. A full schedule of events is available online:

The conference also includes a panel discussion, “Ideas Matter: History and the Shaping of U.S. Foreign Policy,” at 7 p.m. Monday, June 3, at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Ave., Portland. The event is co-sponsored by WorldOregon (formerly known as the World Affairs Council of Oregon.)

The discussion will feature Christopher McKnight Nichols, director of OSU’s Center for Humanities and an associate professor of history; Danielle Holtz, a historian of conservatism, racial nationalism and U.S. political culture and foreign policy who is a postdoctoral fellow at OSU; and Daniel Tichenor, the Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science and senior faculty fellow at the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon.

Conference organizers are Nichols, Holtz and David Milne, senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. The conference is supported by a grant from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, funds awarded to Nichols as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and private donations.

C-SPAN’s American History TV also is expected to record several panels from the conference for later broadcast. The History News Network is also expected to cover conference events each day.

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