Shifley Lecture Series

This lecture series is funded by the Class of 1950 Museum Endowment in recognition of the significant contribution made to the Endowment by the Shifley Trust.

VADM Ralph Shifley was a highly decorated naval aviator. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1933, he was designated a naval aviator in 1937. He participated in WWII operations against the Japanese at New Guinea, Saipan, Guam, the Palaus, and the Philippines. He was awarded the Navy Cross and Distinguished Flying Cross.

All lectures are held at 1230 in the 2nd floor theater of Preble Hall (Museum)

  • Oct. 23: Andrew Jampoler, "The Navy and 19th Century River Expeditions"
  • Nov. 1:  John Gordon, "Fighting for MacArthur"
  • Nov. 14: Taylor Kiland, "Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton"
  • Nov. 22: CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein, USN, "Militant Islamist Ideology"
  • Dec. 2:  RDML Terry McKnight, USN (Ret), "Pirate Alley"
  • Jan. 16: Tom Cutler, "Battle of Leyte Gulf"
  • Jan. 22: Lincoln Paine, "The Sea & Civilization"
  • Feb. 12: Jan Herman, "The Lucky Few: The Fall of Saigon and the USS Kirk"
  • Feb. 26: John Wolter and David Ranzen, "With Commodore Perry to Japan"
  • Mar. 7:  LCDR BJ Armstrong, USN, "21st Century Mahan"
  • Apr. 8:  Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro, "Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition
                that Changed the World
  • Apr. 23: Dr. Gene Smith, "The Slaves' Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812"
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