| Issue : 4/4/2013 (4)
|Dramatic Performance Workshop |
Cadets participate in the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's dramatic performance workshop on 29 March.
|Hudson Valley Culture Forum |
On 23 March, the Hudson Valley Culture Forum embarked on a local cultural excursion centering in the historic town of Rhinebeck, NY.
|Panel on Counterterrorism Law |
On 21 March, MAJ Ian Fishback participated in a panel on counterterrorism law at the University of Michigan Law School.
|“Whether Pfc. Justin Watt Had a Moral Duty to Inform on One's Fellow Soldiers"|
On 25 March, Dr. Steve Kershnar (SUNY Fredonia) addressed the Philosophy Forum in the Haig Room.
| Issue : 3/27/2013 (4)
|Toni Morrison |
The Department of English and Philosophy, in conjunction with the Sol Feinstone Lecture Series, hosted a visit to West Point by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison on 22 March.
|Cloisters Medieval Art Museum|
Major Nicholas Utzig and seven cadets from the Elise Sannes-Pinnell Art Appreciation Forum travelled to the Cloisters medieval art museum in New York City on 23 March.
|Cadet Fine Arts Jazz Forum |
On 22 March, the Cadet Fine Arts Jazz Forum attended a performance at the legendary Village Vanguard Jazz Club in New York City.
|Mid-Hudson Valley Undergraduate Philosophy Conference |
On 8 March, Art, Philosophy, and Literature majors participated in the Mid-Hudson Valley Undergraduate Philosophy Conference hosted by Marist College.
| Issue : 2/20/2013 (4)
|Presentation to the Creative Writing Forum|
COL (R) Joe Cox, former Academy Professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, with MAJ Richard Hartney and CDT Jordan Lee (2014) after his presentation to the Creative Writing Forum.
|Hudson Valley-area Rotary Club |
On Saturday, 16 February, LTC Pete Kilner, of the Department of English and Philosophy, ran a workshop on leader development at a meeting of Hudson Valley-area Rotary Club presidents and regional leaders held in the West Point Club.
|"Public War and the Moral Equality of Combatants"|
Dr. Graham Parsons' article "Public War and the Moral Equality of Combatants" appeared in the current issue of The Journal of Military Ethics.
|Band Delivered a Lecture |
On Tuesday, 12 February, the Jazz Knights of the West Point Band delivered a lecture to approximately 150 cadets from EN102 (Literature) on the relationship between poetry and music entitled “Form Follows Function.”
| Issue : 2/15/2013 (1)
|Spring Newsletter 2013|
Spring Newsletter 2013
| Issue : 1/30/2013 (2)
|"10 Best" EN101 Essays|
EN101 Composition faculty honored the cadet authors of the "10 Best" EN101 essays.
|Sundance Film Festival |
Seven members of the department’s Cadet Fine Arts Film Forum, accompanied by MAJ Erin Hadlock, attended the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, from 23-27 January.
| Issue : 1/23/2013 (1)
|Master Army Profession and Ethic Trainer (MAPET) Program|
As part of the Department's ongoing outreach to the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE), CPT Kevin Schieman assessed and reviewed a training package on ethical decision making for the Master Army Profession and Ethic Trainer (MAPET) program.
| Issue : 1/16/2013 (2)
On 13 January, Dr. Marc Napolitano and MAJ Erin Hadlock chaperoned an Opera Forum trip section to see the new film Les Miserables. Recently nominated for eight Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, the film is a cinematic adaptation of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s landmark musical, which is in turn an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s epic novel of the same name.
|Synergy Between Two Courses |
As part of an effort to achieve better synergy between two courses across the USMA core curriculum, six PY201 (Philosophy) faculty members from the Department of English and Philosophy visited SS202 (American Politics) classes taught by faculty from the Department of Social Sciences.
| Issue : 12/18/2012 (3)
|Judge Andrew Napolitano|
On November 26th, sixty cadets from the Philosophy Forum met to debate whether or not government is obligated to abide by natural law principles. Judge Andrew Napolitano, FOXNEWS Senior Judicial Analyst, facilitated the discussion which took the form of a town-hall meeting.
|Recognize some Outstanding Contributions to Teaching |
On 6 December, BG Trainor visited the Department of English and Philosophy in order to recognize some outstanding contributions to teaching this semester. The first group recognized by the Dean consisted of six cadets from the Class of 2014 who volunteered to be the Academy’s first “Writing Fellows” by enrolling in EP490: The Writing Tutor Course—and by working one-on-one throughout the semester with selected cadets in EN101.
|Interdisciplinary Team Project |
EN101 Composition faculty concluded an nine lesson sequence in which they focused on energy-related issues. The sequence, titled "The Energy Block," participated in the Core Interdisciplinary Team project whereby cadets in core courses studied energy as an interdisciplinary subject with scientific, mathematical, cultural, political, economic, military, and historical dimensions.
| Issue : 12/11/2012 (2)
|Native American Heritage Forum |
Cadets from the Native American Heritage Forum gathered on Sunday, 3 December, at the home of their OIC, LTC Mark Smith, for a cultural cooking experience and a matinee. They made Native American tacos, which use fry-bread as the staple, covered in spiced ground beef, beans, cheese, lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. Cadets then watched the 1998 film Smoke Signals, a comedy about two young Native American boys that explores tragedy, community, and the challenges of contemporary Native American life.
|Creative Capstone Projects |
Last week, the APL majors in COL Mike Stoneham’s EP433 Senior Seminar presented a wide variety of creative capstone projects synthesizing what they learned about the human-machine interface, the subject of the seminar.
| Issue : 12/3/2012 (8)
|United States Military Academy Preparatory School |
EN101 Composition faculty visited the United States Military Academy Preparatory School to engage in dialogue and class visitations with the USMAPS faculty.
|Opera Forum held its final meeting of the semester|
On Monday, 19 November, the Opera Forum held its final meeting of the semester. To conclude the group’s discussion of Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold, OIC Dr. Marc Napolitano lectured on Wagner’s legacy in the fantasy genre, noting his narrative influence on writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin.
|Ritual and the Idea of Europe in Interwar Writing |
Dr. Patrick Query's first book has been published by Ashgate Publishing Company. Ritual and the Idea of Europe in Interwar Writing is a study of several British and Irish writers exploring European identity in the two decades between the World Wars, when public ritual was taking on increased significance. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409446088
|Elsie Sannes-Pinnell Art Appreciation Forum traveled to NYC’s Museum of Modern Art|
On 1 December, seven cadets from the Elsie Sannes-Pinnell Art Appreciation Forum traveled to NYC’s Museum of Modern Art. Highlights from the visit included Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Edvard Munch’s The Scream, and Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. The trip concluded with a nighttime view of the NYC skyline from the Rockefeller Center observation deck.
|Just War Theory |
On 30 November, Professor Jamie Kelly, assistant professor of philosophy at Vassar College, visited MAJ Alex Weis’s PY201 class. Professor Kelly participated in the Seminar on Designing and Teaching Philosophy Courses, which took place on 24 August 2012 and was hosted by PY201 faculty. Because he teaches just war theory in his introduction to philosophy course, Professor Kelly returned to West Point to observe MAJ Weis teaching this topic. Following the class, MAJ Weis and Professor Kelly had an in-depth discussion on the class and on how to teach just war theory to undergraduates. Professor Kelly has invited PY201 faculty to observe his class at Vassar College.
|New England Ethics Bowl competition|
On 1 December, the USMA Ethics Bowl team competed in the New England Ethics Bowl competition, held at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Eighteen teams from fifteen colleges and universities throughout the northeast participated. Overall, the event was an excellent opportunity to exchange arguments with peers on important moral issues pertaining to public policy and business ethics.
|Teagle Assessment Scholar Workshop |
From 29 November to 1 December, LTC Chris Mayer attended a Teagle Assessment Scholar workshop at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. At the workshop, faculty members and administrators participated in an exercise on institutional governance.
|Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol |
Professor Marc Napolitano performed his annual rendition of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol for the Department of English and Philosophy circle of faculty, family, and friends on Sunday, 9 December, in the Haig Room, Jefferson Library.
| Issue : 11/28/2012 (8)
|Acting Workshop |
On 9 November, actors Katie Hartke and James Knight of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival conducted an acting workshop for cadets in EN102 (Literature).
|Limited Edition Handmade Artist's Books|
On 13 November, cadets in EN102 (Literature) were visited by Bill and Vicky Stewart, collectors of limited edition, handmade artist's books, for a presentation and exhibition. Cadets had an opportunity to handle books that directly challenged their notion of the book as a physical object, with many books requiring their active participation.
|Strangers in Strange Lands: Distorted Landscape in the Modern American Military Memoir|
COL John Nelson published a chapter entitled “Strangers in Strange Lands: Distorted Landscape in the Modern American Military Memoir” in the collection Critical Insights: War, released by Salem Press.
|EP487 Senior Thesis |
On 14 and 15 November, cadets enrolled in the philosophy track of the EP487 Senior Thesis course made formal presentations on their senior thesis topics to the philosophy doctoral faculty and an audience of instructors and fellow cadets.
|Relationships that Humans have with Machines |
On 15 November, cadets in COL Mike Stoneham’s Senior Seminar extended their inquiry into the oft-complex relationships that humans have with machines beyond the EP433 Senior Seminar classroom by exploring the world of custom motorcycle creation at Orange County Choppers (OCC).
|Storm King Art Center|
Anne Marie Schoonhoven explains one of Storm King Art Center’s outdoor sculptures to EP433 students
|New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities (SENCER) Conference |
On 16 November, LTC Peter Molin, course director of EN101 (Composition), attended and presented at the Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibilities (SENCER) conference at Rutgers University’s School of Environmental and Biological Science.
|Native American Heritage Forum|
The Native American Heritage Forum, in conjunction with the USMA Equal Opportunity Office and the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic, sponsored the 2012 Native American Indian Heritage Month Observance in the West Point Ballroom on 16 November.
| Issue : 11/14/2012 (3)
|Philosophy Forum |
Dr. Jeff McMahan (Rutgers University) presented a lecture to CFAF’s Philosophy Forum on 6 November 2012.
|Midwest Modern Language Association Conference |
Dr. Marc Napolitano attended the Midwest Modern Language Association conference in Cincinnati, OH, (11/08-11/11). His paper assessed Charles Dickens’s “debts” to illustrator George Cruikshank regarding the theatrical and cinematic afterlives of “Oliver Twist.”
|Midwest Modern Language Association |
CPT (P) Sean Case presented a paper titled “Served on a Corporate Platter: Dystopian Food Consumption in Rob Zeigler’s Seed and Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl” at the annual conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association in Cincinnati, Ohio.
| Issue : 11/7/2012 (5)
|Military Ethics: An Introduction with Case Studies.|
On 25 October, Professor Stephen Coleman met with PY201 (Philosophy) faculty to discuss teaching military ethics and his new book, which is titled Military Ethics: An Introduction with Case Studies.
|Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. |
From 25-26 October, sixteen cadets, most of them Art, Philosophy, and Literature majors, visited Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Highlights of the visit included two seminars with artist-author Benjamin Busch, a Vassar graduate and Marine Corps veteran of Iraq.
|The Art of Bullfighting |
On 29 and 30 October, Dr. Patrick Query lectured on the art of bullfighting to two Spanish Civilization classes taught by Dr. Laura Vidler of DFL. Dr. Query has long been an aficionado of the bullfight and has written and spoken widely on the subject.
|Emerging Issues in Military Ethics|
On 29 October, Professor Martin Cook met with PY201 (Philosophy) faculty to discuss emerging issues in military ethics, including robotics and autonomous weapons; cyberwar; human performance enhancement; and the shifting international system.
|Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City|
On 1 November, Dr. Terri Sabatos led thirty-four cadets on a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, enriching their educational experience by viewing the art and cultural artifacts they had studied in class.
| Issue : 10/31/2012 (4)
|Professional-Development Exercises |
On 16-18 October 2012, LTC Pete Kilner facilitated a series of professional-development exercises for leaders (SSG and above) in the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, which deploys this month to Afghanistan.
|Elsie Sannes-Pinnell Art Appreciation Forum|
Eight cadets from the Elsie Sannes-Pinnell Art Appreciation Forum, an element of the Cadet Fine Arts Forum, traveled to New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on 20 October 2012.
|Native American Heritage Forum|
On 20 October 2012, LTC Mark Smith and five cadets from the Native American Heritage Forum traveled to New York City to learn more about Native American culture.
|Opera Forum |
On 23 October 2012, the Opera Forum held a concert in the Haig Room of Jefferson Library featuring USMA graduate and trained opera singer Lorna Case (Class of 1999), Russian mezzo-soprano Viktoriya Bright, and pianist Dr. Barbara Bacik Case.
| Issue : 10/24/2012 (4)
|Dr. Patrick Gray presented a paper at the Virgil and the Renaissance Conference.|
On 15 October, English professor Dr. Patrick Gray presented a paper titled "Constancy and Pity in Shakespeare's Coriolanus and Virgil’s Aeneid” at the Virgil and the Renaissance Conference, sponsored by the Accademia Nazionale Virgiliania di Scienze e Lettere in Mantua, Italy, in celebration of the 2012 Virgil Prize.
|Art, Philosophy, and Literature Mixer|
On 16 October, the Department of English and Philosophy hosted a mixer for cadets enrolled in the Art, Philosophy, and Literature major. In addition to welcoming the sixteen new APL majors from the Class of 2015, cadets and faculty enjoyed the opportunity to mix and mingle over lunch in Cullum Hall.
|Colonel John Nelson of the Department of English and Philosophy presented a paper at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association's annual conference. |
On 20 October, Colonel John Nelson of the Department of English and Philosophy presented a paper at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association's annual conference at Seattle University in Seattle, Washington.
|The Department of English and Philosophy hosted its Fall Family Festival.|
On 20 October, the Department of English and Philosophy hosted its Fall Family Festival at West Point’s Victor Constant Ski Lodge. The purpose of the evening was to allow faculty and family members to socialize, relax, and enjoy each other’s company in the midst of a busy semester.
| Issue : 10/17/2012 (2)
|Studio Arts Forum cadets escorted Mr. Mort Walker during the Army vs. Boston College football game.|
On 6 October, cadets from the Studio Arts Forum, which is part of the Department of English and Philosophy’s Cadet Fine Arts Forum, escorted Mr. Mort Walker during the Army vs. Boston College football game. Mr. Walker is the creator of the “Beetle Bailey” and “Hi & Lois” comic strips.
|Dr. Marc Napolitano presented his paper at the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association conference.|
On 12 October, Dr. Marc Napolitano presented his paper, “Guidance from the (m)other side: deceased mothers as moral guides in Dickens and Rowling,” at the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association conference in Columbus, Ohio.
| Issue : 10/10/2012 (2)
|Dr. Steve Svoboda visited DEP's EP433 Senior Seminar.|
On 28 September, Dr. Steve Svoboda, orthopedist and director of the sports medicine fellowship at Keller Army Hospital, visited DEP's EP433 Senior Seminar and provided APL majors studying literature that explores the interrelationships of humankind and machines a fascinating presentation on current orthopedic efforts to repair what might be called broken human parts.
|Faculty traveled to Vassar College to attend the annual William Starr Lecture on freshman writing.|
EN101 Composition and EN302 Advanced Composition faculty traveled to Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York to attend the annual William Starr Lecture on freshman writing.
| Issue : 10/9/2012 (1)
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| Issue : 10/3/2012 (6)
|African American Arts Forum gathered to listen to jazz and share spoken word poetry. |
Poets sought not only to evaluate their personal experiences, but also their roles as officers and leaders in an evolving, unstable world.
|Native American Heritage Forum attended a Powwow at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights, NY. |
On 21 September, the Native American Heritage Forum, part of DEP’s Cadet Fine Arts Forum, attended a Powwow at FDR Park in Yorktown Heights, NY.
|USMA Opera Forum met to watch the first two acts of Richard Wagner’s “Das Rheingold."|
On September 10th and 24th, forty cadets in the USMA Opera Forum met to watch the first two acts of Richard Wagner’s “Das Rheingold,” the first opera in Wagner’s epic tetralogy “Der Ring des Nibelungen.”
|Members of our philosophy faculty met with the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE).|
As part of DEP’s outreach to the Army and continuing work with the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE), eight members of our philosophy faculty met with the CAPE director, COL Jeffrey Peterson, and his staff to discuss ongoing projects and opportunities for future collaboration. These opportunities include support to upcoming Army wide campaigns concerning the profession as well as upcoming Army-wide education and training programs that CAPE will conduct.
|EN101 Composition faculty hosted a visit by Dr. Kurt Spellmeyer.|
On Thursday, 27 September, EN101 Composition faculty hosted a visit by Dr. Kurt Spellmeyer, Writing Program Director at Rutgers University. Dr. Spellmeyer is one of the co-editors of the EN101 course text, The New Humanities Reader, as well as the author of several books of his own that address composition course practice and the general state of academia.
|Department of English and Philosophy’s Creative Arts Project hosted a performance by the Exit12 Dance Company.|
Exit12 specializes in contemporary dance interpretations of current political, military, and soldier-related themes and issues. At West Point, Exit12 performed “Re-E-volution,” a dance exploration of the Arab Spring uprisings and “Conflicted,” which portrays the interaction of US military and Arab cultures in the Iraq war.
| Issue : 9/5/2012 (1)
|Cadets Visit the International Museum of Photography.|
On 29 August 2012, Dr. Terri Sabatos, Department of English and Philosophy, accompanied ten cadets to New York City to visit the International Museum of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art. Cadets viewed some of the images they are studying in EP371, History of Photography. They also toured two special exhibitions: “President in Petticoats! Civil War Propaganda in Photographs,” and “Weegee: Murder is my Business.”
| Issue : 8/29/2012 (2)
|Greco-Roman, Mithraic, early Christian, Renaissance, Reformation, and Counter-Reformation AIAD|
From 22-30 July 2012, MAJ Alex Weis led Cadets Eric Brauninger, Aaron Horwood, McKenzie Hudgins, Nathan Mayo, and Holly Schlotterbeck on an exploration of philosophical and religious traditions through art and music in Rome, Italy.
|Seminar on Designing and Teaching Introduction to Philosophy Courses|
On 24 August, faculty who teach PY201 (Philosophy) met with Dr. Barry Lam (Vassar College), Dr. Jamie Kelly (Vassar College), and Dr. James Snyder (Marist College) during the Seminar on Designing and Teaching Introduction to Philosophy Courses. Seminar participants exchanged ideas about how to improve student learning in introduction to philosophy courses, with a focus on teaching critical thinking, course assignments and texts, and common challenges faced when teaching introduction to philosophy courses. Participants also established plans for future collaboration regarding these and other issues related to teaching philosophy at the undergraduate level.
| Issue : 8/22/2012 (3)
|“Duty, Honor, Country,” a print of an original artwork by Michael Figueroa|
The Department placed “Duty, Honor, Country,” a print of an original artwork by Michael Figueroa, on display in the lobby of Jefferson Library from 10-17 August. Mr. Figueroa was inspired to create “Duty, Honor, Country” during his visit to West Point as part of the Creative Arts Project (CAP) exhibition on Projects Day, 3 May. The Department will continue to seek opportunities to display artwork by Mr. Figueroa and other CAP artists in different venues over the coming year.
|Antebellum working-class periodicals at the American Literary Association conference|
LTC Peter Molin presented a paper on antebellum working-class periodicals at the American Literary Association conference, held 24-27 May 2012 in San Francisco. The title of LTC Molin’s paper was “Missed Opportunity or Misunderstood? The Case of the Baltimore Young Men’s Paper.” The title of LTC Molin’s panel was Periodicals and Working-Class Culture: the 19th Century.
|North American Society for the Study of Romanticism|
COL Scott Krawczyk presented a paper at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, held 15-19 August at the University of Neuchâtel. The paper explored the Peninsular War context of a controversial British poem, Eighteen Hundred and Eleven, written by Anna Barbauld (1743-1825), a well-known poet, essayist, critic, educator, and dissenter. A version of the paper will be published in an upcoming special issue of the journal Romanticism, for which COL Krawczyk will serve as co-editor.
| Issue : 8/8/2012 (1)
|Input and feedback to two Army publications |
As part of our outreach to the Army and continued collaboration with the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE), Department of English and Philosophy faculty members provided input and feedback to two Army publications which are expected to be released to the Army in 2013. LTC Brian Imiola provided input to Army Doctrine Reference Publication (ADRP) 1-0 which will augment ADP, 1, The Army. ADRP 1-0 is designed to define and doctrinally describe the Army Profession and Ethic and to provide the foundation for Army training and education on the Army Profession, its Ethic, and the character development of its members. Dr. Melissa Bergeron provided feedback on TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-7, United States Army Human Dimension Concept. This pamphlet describes and provides a guide for how the Army will use the human dimension as a common framework for adapting and preparing for future operational environments. Collaboration with CAPE continues to be a focus for the department’s outreach to the Army and as a developmental opportunity for our faculty.
| Issue : 8/1/2012 (4)
|"Visual Civil War."|
Dr. Tony McGowan, an expert in 19th century American literature and visual culture, participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute from 9-20 July in New York City. Dr. McGowan was selected to participate out of a field of hundreds of applicants for this prestigious opportunity, hosted by the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. The Institute brought together 30 college and university professors from around the country for two weeks of intensive archival research into the "Visual Civil War."
On 19 July 2012, Colonel John Nelson spoke to an audience at the Cornwall Public Library, Cornwall-on-Hudson, about Iranian cinema and the Iranian film director Majid Majidi. He then showed Majidi's 1997 film Children of Heaven.
|Pageturners book club at the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho|
On 24 July, Professor Patrick Query spoke to the Pageturners book club at the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Public Library on the subject of Brideshead Revisited, the famous novel of World War II by British author Evelyn Waugh. Dr. Query, an internationally recognized expert on Evelyn Waugh, had earlier provided members of the club with a guide to the novel, and the session included a presentation by Dr. Query followed by a long question-and-answer period covering such topics as the interwar period in Great Britain, the British system of education, and the treatment of religion, love, and class in Brideshead Revisited. Dr. Query has been asked to speak to the club again next summer.
|American Association of Philosophy Teachers conference at St. Edwards University|
From 26 to 29 July, LTC Chris Mayer attended the American Association of Philosophy Teachers conference at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. At the conference, LTC Mayer, who is the course director for PY201 (Philosophy), led a workshop titled “Developing Goals for and Assessing Learning in an Introduction to Philosophy Course.” Workshop participants learned how to align the goals of an introduction to philosophy course with institutional learning goals; they also examined assessment data and discussed what it meant in terms of how well students were achieving the course’s learning goals. After their review of the course goals and assessment data, participants discussed ways to improve learning in both introductory philosophy courses and PY201.
| Issue : 7/25/2012 (1)
|Advanced Land Navigation Training |
The Department of English and Philosophy, augmented by seven newly commissioned second lieutenants from the Class of 2012 and officers from the departments of Social Sciences, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Sciences, concluded its stewardship of CFT Advanced Land Navigation training on 20 JUL 12. LTC Sean Cleveland, LTC Mike Saxon, MAJ Nick Utzig, MAJ Tom Anderson, MAJ Charlie Markley, MAJ Karin Gresham, and CPT(P) Sean Case teamed with MAJ Jim Lacovara (D/Sosh) and MAJ Joseph Heyman (D/EECS) to improve the land navigation skills of the Class of 2015 and to support the leadership development of the Classes of 2013 and 2014.
| Issue : 7/18/2012 (2)
|Teagle Assessment Scholar workshop |
From 10-12 July 2012, LTC Chris Mayer attended a Teagle Assessment Scholar workshop at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire. At the workshop, faculty members and administrators from around the country presented ideas and research on improving student learning. LTC Mayer led a session on assessing one of the West Point Leader Development System outcomes. Session participants examined assessment results collected by various programs and organizations at West Point and then offered their thoughts on how well cadets were achieving the selected outcome, how to improve this achievement, and how to improve the assessment process itself. LTC Mayer is a member of the 2011 cohort of the Teagle Assessment Scholar Development Program; participation in this program requires attendance at workshops such as the one at Franklin Pierce University and service as a member of teams that visit other institutions.
|Annual Thoreau Gathering and Conference |
On 13 July, COL Michael Stoneham travelled to Concord, Massachusetts to attend the Annual Thoreau Gathering and Conference and the Alcott Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute. He presented two papers: the first, "Reconsidering Thoreau's 'wooden men'; thinking about Soldiers, Dissent, and Political Culture in America" is a reflection on Thoreau's contention, in "Civil Disobedience," that the "mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies," his assertion that—on the whole—soldiers are "wooden men," beings who have willfully rejected that which distinguishes them as humans-their ability to think-and to then independently act on those thoughts. The second paper, presented at the Alcott School of Philosophy, considers Thoreau's contemporaries and their devotion to hunting, noting that Thoreau believed that hunting was the introduction to the most informed life—the life of a poet—and one fully wakened to the significance of Nature and the symbiotic relation that every individual has with it.
| Issue : 5/8/2012 (3)
|Mellon Civilian-Military Initiative sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation|
On 19 April, fifteen Art, Philosophy and Literature and Social Sciences majors participated in a one-day visit to Vassar College as part of the Mellon Civilian-Military Initiative sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The initiative’s purpose is to encourage collaboration between service academies and other institutions of higher education. The day’s events included lunch with Vassar students and faculty, campus tours, class visits, and attendance at a reading by Benjamin Busch, a Vassar graduate and United States Marine Corps veteran of Iraq who has just published a book of memoirs entitled Dust to Dust. Also participating in the visit were Department of English and Philosophy Deputy Head COL Scott Krawczyk, LTC Peter Molin, also of the Department of English and Philosophy, and COL Suzanne Nielsen, Department of Social Sciences. The representatives from USMA were joined by COL Kathleen Harrington, the Head of the Department of English at the United States Air Force Academy, and LTC Martha Fontain, formerly of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering at West Point and now stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The military faculty participated in a roundtable discussion with Vassar faculty and met separately with Vassar President Dr. Catherine Bond Hill and Vassar’s Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Jon Chenette.
|McCain Conference on military ethics and character development |
On 26 and 27 April, Professor Richard Schoonhoven attended the annual McCain Conference on military ethics and character development at the United States Naval Academy. This year's conference topic was "Warfare in a New Domain: The Ethics of Military Cyber Operations."
|Creative Arts Project on Projects Day|
On 3 May, the Department of English and Philosophy hosted the opening exhibition and ceremony of the Creative Arts Project on Projects Day in Cullum Hall’s Pershing Room. The purpose of the Creative Arts Project is to connect West Point cadets and faculty with wounded warriors, veterans, and the civilian community in the collaborative pursuit of artistic creativity. It builds on USMA’s longstanding commitment to provide cadets resources and opportunities to pursue their interests and talents in the arts. Through this initiative, the Department seeks to develop in cadets understanding of the creative energies that infuse the profession of arms and ability to comprehend ambiguity and differing perspectives. The exhibition featured artwork by sculptor Ken Hruby (USMA 61); painter and veteran Michael Figueroa; multi-media artist and veteran Erin Byers; and photographer-veterans Benjamin Busch, Bill Putnam, and MAJ Alan Brown. The exhibit also included artwork by current and former cadets. An exhibit on the History of Art at West Point was also on display. The ceremony featured remarks by Ken Hruby; a reading by poet and veteran Paul Wasserman; music by SPC Zac Short; and performances by cadets Kelley Duke, Lamar Hawkins, and Alan Boesen.
| Issue : 4/25/2012 (4)
|Death of a Salesman|
On 11 April, Dr. Tony McGowan and students in EP348: American Literature II traveled to the Barrymore Theater in New York City to watch the revival of Death of a Salesman, the 1949 Arthur Miller play starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
|Night of the Arts 2012|
On Friday, 13 April, the Department of English and Philosophy and the Cadet Fine Arts Forum hosted Night of the Arts 2012, the forum’s culminating event for the year. With approximately 60 cadets, 20 faculty members, and 20 members of the larger West Point community attending, Dr. Vivian Shipley, Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor and editor of the Connecticut Review, opened the evening with remarks about her life as a poet and professor. COL James R. Kerin, Jr., then presented awards to 18 cadets in six categories: Poetry, Prose, Studio Art, Photography, Film, and Spoken Word. The audience was also treated to the musical talents of two cadet singers. Cadet Kelley Duke sang the Italian aria “Caro Mio Ben” accompanied on piano by Cadet Alyssa Sohn, and Cadet Daniel Trainor sang “Why God Why,” a song from Miss Saigon, accompanied by Cadet Elliot Hughes.
|“Faulkner & West Point at 50: The Writer in Public.”|
From 19-21 April 2012, scholars from around the world gathered at Jefferson Hall and the Hotel Thayer for the Department of English and Philosophy’s academic conference “Faulkner & West Point at 50: The Writer in Public.” The gathering, which took place 50 years to the day after William Faulkner’s historic visit to the United States Military Academy, featured papers by noted scholars such as Thadious Davis, Richard Godden, Peter Lurie, and John Matthews, as well as by department alumnus Robert Moore. Also in attendance were scholars from Canada, Korea, Sweden and—via video teleconference—Germany. Cadets, faculty, and scholars discussed Faulkner’s public and private personas, cinematic portrays of his texts, and the Academy’s role in producing the Faulkner Concordance, among other topics. Featured below is an image from Thadious Davis’ plenary address, “The Other Faulkner: Public Spheres and Celebrity Status.”
|Interdisciplinary paper entitled “Confronting Automated Law Enforcement.” |
COL John Nelson co-authored an interdisciplinary paper entitled “Confronting Automated Law Enforcement.” Collaborating with Professor Woodrow Hartzog of Samford University and COL Lisa Shay, COL Greg Conti, and MAJ Dominic Larkin of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, COL Nelson authored the section of the paper on the social cost of automated law enforcement. The paper was presented on 21 April at “We Robot,” a “conference on legal and policy issues relating to robotics” sponsored by the University of Miami School of Law.
| Issue : 4/18/2012 (6)
|New book, The Philosophy Skills Book: Exercises in Philosophical Thinking, Reading, and Writing, just published by Continuum Press.|
Dr. Stephen Finn, LTC Jesse Zuck, MAJ Chris Case, and MAJ Robert Underwood pose with their new book, The Philosophy Skills Book: Exercises in Philosophical Thinking, Reading, and Writing, just published by Continuum Press. The book offers a large number of exercises and tips that help students develop skills necessary for success in introductory philosophy courses. Dr. Finn, Assistant Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, has been a presence in our philosophy classrooms for several years; the three officers are completing USMA assignments this semester (for LTC Zuck, a second tour) and heading back to the operational Army this summer
|2012 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation|
Professor Elizabeth D. Samet has been named a 2012 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in the area of Creative Arts, General Nonfiction. Her fellowship will support the research and writing of “Crimes of Odysseus: Imagining Postwar America,” a book about mythologies of the war veteran in American culture, specifically in Hollywood cinema. This year the Foundation “awarded Fellowships to a diverse group of 181 scholars, artists, and scientists in its eighty-eighth annual competition for the United States and Canada. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants” (http://www.gf.org/news-events
). Past winners include John Updike, Frances FitzGerald, Martha Graham, Linus Pauling, and Henry Kissinger.
| “Royal Body Conference,” held at Royal Holloway, University of London|
On April 2-4, three faculty members from the Department of English and Philosophy represented the U.S. Military Academy while presenting academic papers at the “Royal Body Conference,” held at Royal Holloway, University of London, in Egham, Surrey. The conference theme was based upon the important historical notion of “the king’s two bodies, the body natural and the body politic, founded on the distinction between the personal and mortal king and the perpetual and corporate crown.” MAJ Karin Gresham presented “Performing Elective Amputation and Self-Mutilation of the Territorial Body in King Lear.” MAJ Nicholas Utzig presented “‘Don't Even Think About It!’: Imagining Regicide in Tudor England.” Dr. Terri Sabatos presented “‘Thou shalt get kings, though thou be none’: The Body of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, King of Scots.”
|Meetings of the American Philosophical Association in Seattle, Washington|
On April 5 & 6, Professor Richard Schoonhoven attended the Pacific Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association in Seattle, Washington, where he commented on papers by David Rodin (University of Oxford), Richard Miller (Cornell University), and Helen Frowe (University of Kent) in a symposium on Ethics and War.
|A dynamic and interactive class on music and film to cadets enrolled in EP342, the department's Film and Film Theory elective.|
On Wednesday, 11 April, SGM Eric Sheffler and members of the Quintette 7, one of the USMA Band's chamber ensembles, presented a dynamic, interactive class on music and film to cadets enrolled in EP342, the department's Film and Film Theory elective, who were joined on this occasion by students in LTC Mark Gagnon's DFL elective on German film. SGM Sheffler led the audience on a fascinating journey through the history of film music, while the Quintette 7 illustrated various principles and concepts. This musical adventure marked yet another in a serious of classroom partnerships between the USMA Band and the Department of English and Philosophy. The band's enrichment of our cadets' educational experience continues to be most significant.
|Blue and Gold Banquet for local Cub Scout packs and their families |
MAJ Maurice Wilson was the guest speaker during the Blue and Gold Banquet for local Cub Scout packs and their families on Friday, 13 April, at the Cortlandt Colonial in Westchester County. The annual event is a chance for the scout packs to celebrate their year’s activities, recognize individual achievements, and thank pack leaders. MAJ Wilson, speaking to an audience of forty scouts and their families, remarked on living a life rooted in strong values, being a good citizen and leader, the value of a West Point education, serving the country with pride and courage, and—in his capacity as a proud Army aviator—flying planes and helicopters.
| Issue : 4/11/2012 (3)
|Creative Writing Forum hosted a reading and workshop |
The Creative Writing Forum hosted a reading and workshop by noted authors Paul Salopek and Siobhan Fallon on Monday 2 April in the Haig Room. The event’s title, “Far Flung Travels and Trenchant Tales,” reflected Mr. Salopek’s and Ms. Fallon’s favored subjects and themes.
|“Evolution of Beauty” evening lecture |
Philosophy instructor MAJ Alex Weis and USMA Band member SFC Sam Kaestner, in conjunction with the West Point Woodwind Quintet plus piano, collaborated on the “Evolution of Beauty” evening lecture on 5 April in Jefferson Hall’s Haig Room. Encouraging cadets to think associatively and innovatively, the event illustrated how art and music from Neoclassical, Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism traditions can facilitate and complement the exploration of larger philosophical ideas.
|Inaugural event of the “Creative Arts Project at West Point”|
On Saturday 31 March, the Department of English and Philosophy sponsored the inaugural event of the “Creative Arts Project at West Point”: a sculpture workshop led by professional sculptor Debra Flocco. Six cadets, three Warriors in Transition from the West Point WTU, and three other West Point community members spent more than four hours creating sculptures under Ms. Flocco’s expert tutelage. Working in an unfamiliar medium taught the cadets new ways of seeing, planning, and executing a creative project. Perhaps most important for their growth as thinkers, it also helped to develop “deep attention,” an extremely important but increasingly perishable skill in a world where creativity too often becomes subservient to the tools of computer technology. In keeping with the broader aims of the Creative Arts Project, the workshop connected cadets and faculty with Warriors in Transition, the West Point community, and the society we serve. Future events for the Creative Arts Project include a display of various forms of art produced by cadets, veterans, and West Point alumni on Projects Day.
| Issue : 4/4/2012 (5)
|West Point Ladies Reading Club’s 118th Birthday Luncheon|
On 19 March, LTC Peter Molin was the featured speaker at the West Point Ladies Reading Club’s 118th Birthday Luncheon. LTC Molin’s subject was “Fact, Fiction, or Somewhere in Between?: Historical Fiction and the Old South.” His talk complemented the club’s reading of Sally Hemings: A Novel, by Barbara Chase-Ribaud, which vividly reimagines the story of Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with his slave mistress.
|Collaboration on the graphic novel Cuba: My Revolution with cadets and faculty of EN302 (Advanced Composition)|
On 29 March, author Inverna Lockpez and illustrator Dean Haspiel spoke about their collaboration on the graphic novel Cuba: My Revolution with cadets and faculty of EN302 (Advanced Composition). Their story is based on Inverna Lockpez’s personal experience living through the Cuban Revolution and serving in the Cuban military during the Bay of Pigs invasion. As the course nears the end of its characteristic two-year “cultural destination” cycle, cadets are studying and writing about the culture of Cuba and currently focusing on the Cuban Revolution.
|Seven-month series of events called “Dickens in Lowell” |
On 31 March, Dr. Marc Napolitano, whose scholarly specialty is the work of Charles Dickens, participated in the kickoff weekend of a seven-month series of events called “Dickens in Lowell” in Lowell, Massachusetts—all in commemoration of the Dickens Bicentennial, which is a matter of significant international interest. Dr. Napolitano, who complements his scholarly endeavors with performances of Dickens’s work, gave two dramatic presentations: one for children (using puppets), and the other for adults, in which he presented a speech written by Dickens during the author's 1842 trip to Lowell. Dr. Napolitano also spoke at the Whistler House Museum, discussing the lives and careers of George Washington Whistler (a West Point graduate and distinguished Army engineer) and his son, the great artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler, who attended West Point but did not graduate.
|"Generations in Vocal Jazz" at Dizzy's Club in Jazz at Lincoln Center |
On 31 March, the Cadet Fine Arts Forum’s Jazz Forum attended "Generations in Vocal Jazz" at Dizzy's Club in Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The performance featured the vocals of Sachal Vasandani and 91-year-old Jon Hendricks; the latter is considered by many to be the greatest Jazz vocalist of the 20th century. This performance demonstrated to cadets the collaborative potential that exists among different and distant generations in jazz.