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(Open to the public)
When: November 13th, 2012, 6:00 p.m-8:00 p.m.
Where: ICC Auditorium, Georgetown University
Panelists: Ric Burns, Steeplechase Films; Dr. Chandra Manning, Georgetown University History Department; Russell Galeti, Georgetown University's Student Veterans' Association; Dr. Albert C. Pierce, Professor of Ethics and National Security NDU; Dr. Tommy Sowers, Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (OPIA).
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Documentary filmmaker, PBS writer & producer Ric Burns is a profoundly powerful storyteller whose thought-provoking and deeply poetic films have garnered a devoted following over the last two decades.
Burns is best known for his Emmy Award-winning, eight-part PBS series, New York: A Documentary Film, which Variety called “nothing short of gripping...a monumental documentary series.” When the eighth and final episode – a three-hour portrait of the rise and fall of the World Trade Center titled The Center of the World aired nationally on PBS in September 2003, it was greeted with extraordinary praise. TV Guide described it as "a majestically composed eulogy" and The Houston Chronicle called it "breathtaking in its scope and execution.”
His other films include the Emmy Award-winning Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film, Ansel Adams, Coney Island, The Way West, The Donner Party, and Eugene O’Neill, which The Wall Street Journal called “a superbly told narrative of America’s greatest playwright.”
Chandra Manning teaches 19th century U.S. History and co-directs the Georgetown Workshop in 19th Century U.S. History with her colleague Adam Rothman. Her first book, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War won the Avery Craven Prize awarded by the Organization of American Historians, earned Honorable Mention for the Lincoln Prize, the Jefferson Davis Prize, and the Virginia Literary Awards for Non-fiction, and was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize. Her current work focuses on how the Civil War, slave refugees, and the United States government changed each other during and after the Civil War, and goes in three directions. One book begins in Civil War contraband camps to examine how the relationship between former slaves and the United States government changed during and after the Civil War. Another project analyzes contraband camps in the context of the global history of war refugees. And a third project (still at a much earlier stage) looks at the United States Centennial in 1876. She is also busily brainwashing her two young sons into Red Sox fans.
Russell P. Galeti, Jr., is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and is currently a Master of Science in Foreign Service candidate concentrating in International Development at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He also serves as an infantry captain and is currently the Battalion Logistics Officer (S-4) for the 1st Battalion, 145th Armored Regiment of the Ohio Army National Guard.
Russell is a 2005 graduate of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, where he received bachelors’ degrees in History and Political Science, and a minor in North Atlantic Security (NATO) Studies. He was also a member of the editorial board and columnist for the student-run Daily Kent Stater. Russell served as the Director of Veterans’ Outreach for Ted Strickland’s successful 2006 gubernatorial campaign, and continued to serve the administration throughout the transition and inauguration, and as the Director of Community Outreach for the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department.
As a Citizen-Soldier, Russell has served the Ohio Army National Guard in successive positions of increasing responsibility since first enlisting as a private in 1998. He has served as a crewman on both the M-1A1 Abrams tank and the M-2A3 Bradley, and as a dismounted infantryman, achieving the enlisted rank of staff sergeant. He served on active duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a sergeant and machine gunner, and in Afghanistan as a member of a combined Hungary-United States Operational Mentor and Liaison Team training the Afghan National Army. His military awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, the Army Commendation Medal (fourth award), the Army Achievement Medal (second award), the Hungarian Service Medal for Peacekeeping, and the German Armed Forces Gold Marksmanship Badge.
Russell’s academic and professional interests center on cooperation between development and security organizations in low-intensity conflict, and using development to mitigate instability and armed conflict in the developing world. He is also a modern counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine enthusiast and frequently contributed to WNYC’s The Takeaway, speaking on the war in Afghanistan.
He currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Mary, where his free time is occupied by home brewing and perpetually getting ready for “next month’s National Guard drill.”
Dr. Albert C. Pierce is the first Director of INSEL and the first Professor of Ethics and National Security at NDU.
From August 1998 until February 2006, he was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics (now called the Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership) at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Pierce built the center from scratch, leaving in place an organization with a high-quality professional and support staff, Resident Fellows, and a rich menu of programs that support the Naval Academy, the Navy, and the Marine Corps. The Center also engages in national outreach and partnerships with the other service academies, civilian colleges and universities, and research institutes and think-tanks. He also put into place a solid base of funding for the Center, including both appropriated funds and gift funds raised through the Naval Academy Foundation.
Prior to joining the War College faculty, Dr. Pierce was a defense correspondent for NBC News. Before that, he was Deputy Director of the Strategic Concepts Development Center (SCDC), an in-house think tank established by Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger. (SCDC was the predecessor of NDU’s Institute for National Strategic Studies.) He also served as Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, writing speeches, Congressional testimony, and the Fiscal Year 1982 Annual Report for Secretary Harold Brown. Before moving to the Defense Department, he was with the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
In 2004, he was co-director of a month-long faculty development institute, “War and Morality: Re-thinking the Just War Tradition in the 21st Century,” which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1964.
Dr. Pierce is a graduate of St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. and a cum laude graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he majored in politics. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He is an Honorary Member of the Naval Academy Class of 1964.
Dr. Tommy Sowers was sworn in on August 20, 2012, as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (OPIA). As Assistant Secretary, Dr. Sowers represents and advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on matters relating to media relations, public affairs, and intergovernmental affairs. He directs departmental communications and oversees programs involving intergovernmental relations including homeless Veterans, consumer affairs, rehabilitative special events, VA’s Office for Tribal Governments, and the VA Outreach Office.
Prior to joining VA, Dr. Sowers was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co., where his work focused on advising clients on strategy, valuation and due diligence. Previously he served as senior advisor to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the largest non-‐profit organization focused on improving the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. In 2010, he was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Representative in Missouri’s 8th congressional district. An 11-‐year veteran of the U.S. Army, Sowers began his military career in 1998, when he was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers. He first served in the 1st Infantry Division in Bamberg, Germany, where he led a combat engineering platoon in support of Peacekeeping Operations in Kosovo and represented the 1st ID in the Best Ranger and Armed Forces Eco Challenge. In 2004, Sowers graduated first in his class at the Special Forces Qualification Course. Between 2004–2006, Sowers deployed to Iraq twice as a Green Beret, leading and advising U.S. and Iraqi units on counterinsurgency operations. Between 2006 and 2009, Sowers served as an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy. At West Point, Sowers taught courses on American Politics, Advanced American Politics, and Mass Media and Politics.
His military decorations include two Bronze Stars, Joint Service Commendation Medal, NATO Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Belgian Commando School, Military Freefall (HALO) and numerous Distinguished Honor Graduate awards. A native of Rolla, Missouri, Dr. Sowers holds an AB degree in public policy from Duke University and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, where he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. He is married to Ericka Sowers.