Last Tuesday, Dr. Christopher Dietrich sat down with Dr. Toby C. Jones of Rutgers University and Fordham’s own Dr. Asif Siddiqi to discuss Dr. Dietrich’s new book, Oil Revolution: Anticolonial Elites, Sovereign Rights, and the Economic Culture of Decolonization (Cambridge University Press, 2017). The event quickly became standing-room only as undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and reporters filled the South Lounge at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. According to Dr. Dietrich, Oil Revolution started from an unexplored narrative of the 20th century world energy crisis, and charts the relationship between sovereign rights and natural resources. After an hour-long discussion, Dr. Dietrich fielded questions from the audience that ranged from the role of gender to the paradoxical “resource curse”. Dr. Jones occasionally jumped in to assist on questions whenever possible thanks to his specialty in Middle Eastern geo-politics.
After the Q&A, guests enjoyed refreshments and appetizers while mingling with each other and thanking Drs. Dietrich, Jones, and Siddiqi.
Thanks once again to all three for the great discussion and go check out Oil Revolution!