When: Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Where: Rickover Hall, U.S. Naval Academy
Panelists: Dr. Mary DeCredico, American Civil War, USNA; Dr. Wayne Hsieh, 19th C U.S. Military History, USNA; Captain Craig Felker, USNA Permanent Military Professor in the History Department; Adam Schulman, Tutor, St. John's College; Walter Sterling, Tutor, St. John's College.
Mary A. DeCredico is Professor of History at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where she has taught since 1986. Dr. DeCredico received her Ph.D. in American History from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her first book, Patriotism for Profit: Georgia’s Urban Entrepreneurs and the Confederate War Effort (University of North Carolina Press) received the Museum of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Award in 1991, for outstanding scholarship on the Confederacy. She has also written Mary Boykin Chesnut: A Confederate Woman’s Life (Rowman-Littlefield, 1996, 2002) and has contributed numerous chapters to books and referred journals.
Dr. DeCredico is a member of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council of the National Civil War Museum, the Georgia Historical Society, the Southern Historical Association, the Museum of the Confederacy and the Society of Civil War Historians. Her current research is a study of the Richmond, Virginia, home front during the American Civil War.
Wayne Hsieh immigrated to the United States as an infant from Taiwan and grew up in Alhambra--a suburb of Los Angeles with a large overseas Chinese population. He received an excellent public high school education at Alhambra High School, and went on to Yale University, where he received a B.A. in History. He attended the University of Virginia for his graduate work, where he received a PhD in History (2004) and worked under the direction of Gary W. Gallagher and Edward L. Ayers.
Hsieh spent the 2004/5 academic year as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale's Whitney Humanities Center. In August 2005 he joined the U.S. Naval Academy History Department, where he remains an assistant professor. For the 2011 calendar year, Hsieh was a Henry Chauncey Jr. '57 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Brady-Johnson Grand Strategy program at Yale University’s International Security Studies center.
Between July 2008 and June 2009, Hsieh served on interagency detail with the U.S. State Department in Iraq, where he was the Tuz Satellite Lead for the Salah ad Din Provincial Reconstruction Team. The most important of his duties centered on facilitating ethnic and political reconciliation in the Tuz district (approximately 150,000 inhabitants). He received a Commander's Award for Civilian Service from 3 BSTB (Department of the Army), and a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Department of State (Embassy Baghdad).
He is the author of various articles and West Pointers and the Civil War: The Old Army in War and Peace (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009), winner of the New York Military Affairs Symposium Civil War Book Award.
Captain Craig Felker graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981. A naval aviator and helicopter pilot, he served in a variety of operational and staff assignments, the most notable of which included officer in charge of a two SH-60B helicopter detachment during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and as the director of the President’s Emergency Operations Center in the White House. While serving as an instructor in history at the Naval Academy in 1999, Captain Felker was selected for the Naval Academy’s Permanent Military Professorship Program. He received his Ph.D. from Duke in May 2004, and returned to the Academy the following June. Captain Felker’s publications include Testing American Sea Power: U.S. Navy Strategic Exercises, 1923-1940 and New Interpretations in Naval History, an edited collection of papers from the 2011 Naval History Symposium. In December 2011 he returned from a one-year deployment to Afghanistan, serving as the command historian and commanding officer, U.S. Navy detachment for NATO Training Mission Afghanistan.
Adam Schulman has taught the liberal arts at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, for over twenty years. He was educated at the University of Chicago, Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and Harvard, where he earned his Ph.D. in the history of science with a dissertation on “Quantum and Aristotelian Physics.” Military service:
Adam Schulman was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in military intelligence in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1985. He was a 1985 Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army ROTC program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed the Basic Airborne Course at the U.S Army Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He served at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, and at the Office of Net Assessment at the Pentagon. He was discharged from the Army Reserve as a First Lieutenant in 1992. His two sons attended the Naval Academy Primary School in Annapolis, Maryland.
Mr. Sterling has been a member of the St. John’s College faculty since 1983. He earned his B.A. from St. John’s College in 1965. He has an M.A., from Pennsylvania State University, 1966; Instructor, Pennsylvania State University (1966-68); Ph. D. candidate, The Catholic University of America, 1970-74; Editor of the St. John’s Review (1983-1986). Director Summer January Freshman program 1990. He has participated in the St. John’s Continuing Education Program. During his senior year at St. John’s he was the Commission Magistrate for the Peoples Court of Anne Arundel County. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the Annapolis Housing Authority Commission. Mr. Sterling served in the Marine Corps from 1968-70.