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Rescheduled - 2015 UT Martin Phi Kappa Phi Muriel Tomlinson Lecture now slated for March 24


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Dr. Richard Garlitz, associate professor of history and philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin, will present Phi Kappa Phi’s 2015 Muriel Tomlinson lecture at 7 p.m., March 24, in the Watkins Auditorium of the Boling University Center on the main UT Martin campus. The lecture, originally scheduled for Feb. 10, has been rescheduled due to weather-related campus closings.

Garlitz will present a lecture titled “Friends Like These: The Legacy of the 1953 Coup on United States-Iranian Relations.” His research examines the roles that American colleges and universities played in international development during the first two decades of the Cold War, especially as part of the U.S. government-sponsored Point Four Program. Garlitz presents the accounts of technical advisors from three American universities who worked in Iran during the coup. Their understanding of events, both during the early 1950s and over subsequent decades, sheds light on how Americans understood relations between those two countries that culminated in the Iranian Revolution, the onset of the Islamic Republic and the highly adversarial state of contemporary United States-Iranian relations.

Garlitz completed undergraduate work in history and English at Purdue University. He received a master’s degree in history from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in history from Ohio University. He joined the UT Martin faculty in 2008 and teaches courses on American foreign relations, the Middle East and world history. He is co-editor of “Teaching America to the World and the World to America: Education and Foreign Relations since 1870,” published by Palgrave Macmillan, and anticipates the release of his book, “A Mission for Development: Utah Universities, the Point Four Program and United States-Iranian Relations,” in 2017.

The Muriel Tomlinson lecture is presented each spring semester in honor of Dr. Muriel Tomlinson, a UT Martin faculty member and chair of the Department of Modern and Foreign Languages from 1959-76. Tomlinson created the campus language laboratory and was a supporter of the ideals of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Phi Kappa Phi chapter 127 was founded at UT Martin in 1971. Students, faculty and staff who have reached high levels of academic success are honored with membership each year. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Becky Cox, associate professor of educational studies at 731-881-7134 or by email at



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