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15th Annual Johnson Lecture on Jan. 16

On Thursday, January 16, the Center for the Study of War and Society and the UT History Department will welcome Dr. Warren Dockter to deliver the Fifteenth Annual Charles W. Johnson Lecture at 5:00 p.m. in the University Center Crest Room on UT’s campus. Dr. Dockter’s lecture is entitled, “‘The Weight of Islam’: Winston Churchill, the Ottoman Empire and the First World War.”

Dr. Warren Dockter is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and recently gained his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham in July 2012. He has taught at the University of Exeter and the University of Worcester and was an Archives By-Fellow at Churchill College. His research interest lies in British Imperialism in the Middle East during the late nineteenth and twentieth century, encapsulating orientalism and trans-national historical approaches. His first monograph, Winston Churchill and the Islamic World: Orientalism, Empire and Diplomacy in the Middle East, places Churchill in the context of colonial discourse and reveals the extent to which orientalism influenced his opinions and policies regarding the Islamic world. Dr. Dockter is currently a Research Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, where he investigates the diplomatic, political, and cultural influence of the Arabist, counter-orientalist poet, and political radical Wilfrid S. Blunt on the British policy makers and Arab proto-nationalist thinkers in the Middle East during the Edwardian and interwar eras.

Dr. Dockter’s lecture is free and open to the general public. For more information, please visit our website,, or contact us at (865) 974-0128. Visitor parking for the University Center can be found at the White Street Parking Garage behind UT’s Law School.

We look forward to seeing you in attendance.