Friday, May 07, 2010

Midrats: Growing the seed corn at USNA

Where does the Navy and Marine Corps grow the leaders of tomorrow? Well, a critical source is the United States Naval Academy.

Please join my co-host EagleOne and me this Sunday at 5pm EST as we spend an hour discuss educating tomorrow's leaders with three of those chartered with that task from Annapolis.

Our guests will be, Associate Professor Virginia Lunsford, History Department; Professor Steve Frantzich, Political Science Department; and Professor Bruce Fleming, English Department.

Virginia W. Lunsford is an associate professor of history at the U. S. Naval Academy. She is a specialist in maritime history, especially the history of piracy and privateering; the history of Early Modern Europe; the history of European expansion and colonialism; and the history of the Netherlands. Professor Lunsford holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from Harvard University. She also earned an M.A. in Government and a B.A. with High Distinction in History and Rhetoric & Communication Studies from the University of Virginia. At the Naval Academy, Professor Lunsford currently teaches courses on “Warfare in the Age of Sail”; “The Golden Age of Piracy: Myth and Reality”; “The Buccaneers: A Case Study in Asymmetrical Warfare”; and “American Naval History.”

Professor Lunsford is the author of
Piracy and Privateering in the Golden Age Netherlands (New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and is currently researching and writing "Dead Men Tell No Tales: A Cultural History of Piracy in the Modern Age" under contract with Routledge.

Steve Frantzich is Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy where he was selected as the outstanding professor in 1990, runner-up as outstanding researcher in 2001 and as one of the first USNA Teaching Fellows in 2002. He is the author of over a dozen books, most recently "Citizen Democracy: Political Activism in a Cynical Age" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004) and Cyberage Politics 101: Mobility, Technology and Democracy (Peter Lang Publishers, 2002). He has won awards from the American Political Science Association, C-SPAN, and a variety of publishers for the use of computers and video in teaching. He is the co-author of two interactive texts (Congress and American Government) Professor Frantzich has been a senior Fulbright Scholar in Denmark and the Czech Republic and serves as a consultant to the U.S. Congress and a variety of foreign governments and foundations.

Bruce E. Fleming has been an English Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy for two decades. He specializes in Modernism, creative writing, and usable philosophy. A prolific author of books, articles, short stories and more, he will have two books coming out in 2010; "Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide: What Each Side Must Know About the Otherand About Itself," (Potomac Books, June 2010) and "Running is Life: Transcending the Crisis of Modernity," (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010).

He is the author of fifteen previous books on subjects ranging from aesthetics to cross-cultural perceptions to dance, and has just been named one of the two recipients of the 2005 Antioch Review Award for Distinguished Prose. He graduated from Haverford College, and holds subsequent degrees from the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University. He also studied at the Free University of Berlin as a Fulbright Scholar, as well as in Paris and at the University of Siena, and taught at the University of Freiburg and the National University of Rwanda.

He is also a regular columnist with and is a frequent commentator on the U. S. Naval Academy.

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See you Sunday!

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Galrahn said...

Look forward to it. Good stuff.

SNAnonymous said...

Glad to hear you're having Professor Frantzich on the show.  I was an Aero Engineer, but would have to say that his class on the legislative process was one of the most insightful that I have taken.  

prschoef said...

Gadzooks! What a triumviate of intellects.