Center for Regional Studies

Kylan Jones-Huffman Lecture Series, 2010-2011

Fall 2010


09 September 2011
Dr. Jyttee Clausen "The Cartoons that Shook the World"

Dr Clausen is the Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation at Brandeis University and Affiliate at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University. She is the author of The Cartoons That Shook the World about the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and the worldwide protests that followed their publication. Her previous books include The Islamic Challenge: Politics and Religion in Western Europe, published German and Turkish translations, and numerous books and articles on immigrant integration, the European welfare state, and social inclusion. In 2007, Klausen received the Carnegie Scholars’ Award for research on the integration of Muslim faith communities in Europe. Klausen was a British Academy Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University, and a Bosch Public Policy Fellow at The American Academy in Berlin. She has a PhD from the New School for Social Research and a BA and MA from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.


22 September 2010
Dr. Abdulrahman al-Salimi

Dr Salimi is the Editor-in-Chief of al-Tasamoh (“Tolerance”) published by the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman in Muscat. He is the author of numerous books including  and Islamic Art in Oman. In addition to serving as the advisor to HE Shaykh Abdallah al-Salimi, Dr Salimi organizing the most prestigious international conference on Islamic law each year and continues his research on immigrant religions in the Middle East, the history of Oman, and Ibadi legal and theological theory.


7 October 2010
Dr. Lawrence Rosen

Dr. Rosen is a Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University where he also teaches law, comparative religious systems, American Indians and the law, and the theory of cultural systems. He is both an anthropologist and a lawyer. His main interests are in the relation between cultural concepts and their implementation in social and legal relationships. His main fieldwork has been in North Africa; he has also worked as an attorney on a number of American Indian legal cases. His publications include Law as Culture: An Invitation, The American Indian and the Law (editor), Meaning and Order in Moroccan Society (co-author), Bargaining for Reality: The Construction of Social Relations in a Muslim Community, The Anthropology of Justice: Law as Culture in Muslim Society, and Other Intentions: Cultural Contexts and the Attribution of Inner States (editor). He received the Presidential Distinguished Teaching Award in 1997 and was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 1997-98. Dr. Rosen has a PhD in Anthropology and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

29 November 2010
Sandow Birk "American Quran"

Los Angeles artist Sandow Birk is a well traveled graduate of the Otis/Parson's Art Institute. Frequently developed as expansive, multi-media projects, his works have dealt with contemporary life in its entirety. With an emphasis on social issues, frequent themes of his past work have included inner city violence, graffiti, political issues, travel, war, and prisons, as well as surfing and skateboarding. He was a recipient of an NEA International Travel Grant to Mexico City in 1995 to study mural painting, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, and a Fulbright Fellowship for painting to Rio de Janeiro for 1997. In 1999 he was awarded a Getty Fellowship for painting, followed by a City of Los Angeles (COLA) Fellowship in 2001. In 2007 he was an artist in residence at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, and at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008.

Spring 2011

20 January 2011
Dr. Leonard Greenspoon "From the Bible to Battle"

Dr. Greenspoon is the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University. While visiting the Academy he lectured on the nature of warfare in the Bible. His argument focused on how Biblical warfare converges and diverges with modern concepts of "Just War Theory", civilian casualties, and torture. Additionally he made the poignant observation that a group's sense of 'Polity', even identity, during the Biblical period very much depended upon tangible, physical boundaries such as city walls, temples, or other constructs. A ruler's legitimacy before the people, and even God, then depended on his ability to maintain and defend those structures against that group's enemies. A breach in a wall meant a breach with God and the destruction of a people. 

As both an expert on the history of Jewish Bible translations and as a translator himself, Midshipmen were given the rare treat of speaking to a specialist who deals with primary language sources- the mark of a true academic. The subsequent discussion generated a number of questions from both Midshipmen and attending faculty all centered upon how cited passages are relevant to issues plaguing the Middle East today.


22 March 2011
USSOCOM Commander, ADM Eric Olson

SOCOM Commander ADM Eric T Olson (Class of 1973) visited the United States Naval Academy on March 22nd for a day-long schedule of meeting with midshipmen, faculty members, and to deliver a lecture in support of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies Kylan Jones-Huffman memorial lecture series. ADM Olson was generous with his time and advice to midshipmen who intend to pursue all career paths in the Naval Special Warfare community. The over-arching theme throughout the day was that midshipmen are more prepared than ever before to serve their country. Midshipmen have received more training in preparation for service and are more aware of the environment they will be deployed in than any other generation of war fighter.


29 March 2011
A.B. Yehoshua, "Jew, Zionist, Israeli: Refining and Honing the Definitions" 

World renowned Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua delivered a thought provoking lecture on March 29th, 2011 dealing with the complex and multiple layers of Jewish, Zionist and Israeli identity. The issue of ethnic, religious and political identity is a fundamental debate driving societal issues around the globe.

Prof. Yeshoshua used this underpinning to make the argument that there are core differences between the above three identities that have to be taken into account by Jew, or Non-Jew; Israelis, or Jews who live in the Diaspora. Midshipmen and the Annapolis community at large were provided with a feast of ideas and viewpoints that are applicable to other communities around the world. 


26 April  2011
AMB Husain Haqqani "Role of Pakistan and US in Tackling Conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan"

Husain Haqqani was Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011.A trusted advisor of late Pakistani Prime Minister, Ms. Benazir Bhutto, Ambassador Haqqani is known as a Professor at Boston University and Co-Chair of the Hudson Institute's Project on the Future of the Muslim World as well as editor of the journal Current Trends in Islamist Thought published from Washington DC.

Haqqani came to the U.S. in 2002 as a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC and an adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He is a leading journalist, diplomat, and former advisor to Pakistani Prime ministers. His syndicated column is published in several newspapers in South Asia and the Middle East, including Oman Tribune, Jang, The Indian Express, Gulf News and The Nation (Pakistan).

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