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King University News :: Georgetown History Professor and King Alumnus to Speak at King University on March 7

Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University David S. Painter will be the next speaker in King University’s History and Political Science Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) project, Communicating in the History and Political Science Workplace.” The event will take place on Thursday, Mar. 7 at 3 p.m. in King’s Student Center Complex Hall of Fame Room.  At 7:30 p.m. in King’s Memorial Chapel, Painter will give a second lecture on the topic of “Coal, Oil, and the Sinews of World Power in the 19th and 20th Centuries.”  Both events are open to the public and free to attend.

“We look forward to welcoming David Painter back to the King campus. For our QEP project, he will talk about communication skills relevant to his previous work in the Departments of State and Energy, as well as his scholarly career at Georgetown,” said Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of history for King.

Painter graduated from King College (now King University) in 1970 with his Bachelor of Arts in History. Painter won a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University, where he received another B.A. in Modern History and Modern Languages from Oxford University in 1973.  In 1982, he received his Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  Since receiving his Ph.D., Painter has held positions at the Congressional Research Service, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of State. 

Currently, Painter teaches International History at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.  He served as past director of Graduate Studies in the History Department, and was also the founding director of the Master of Arts in Global, Comparative, and International History program for Georgetown.

His publications include “Oil and the American Century,” “The Cold War,” and “Origins of the Cold War,” for which he was co-editor.  His published articles focus on U.S. policy toward the Third World.  He is presently working on a study of oil and world power in the 20th century.

“Painter’s evening address will present his ongoing research in an area with great relevance for contemporary politics, both domestic and foreign,” Dotterweich added.

Tickets for the event are not required; the events are open to the public.  For more information, contact Dr. Martin Dotterweich at 423.652.4835 or


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