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#004-17 Naval Academy Museum Presents Spring Shifley Lecture Series

  POSTED ON: Friday, January 13, 2017 7:36 AM by

The U.S. Naval Academy Museum will present spring semester’s Shifley Lecture Series in the second deck theatre of Preble Hall. Each lecture is held from 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. and is free to the public.

Members of the public are invited to attend the following speakers:

Wednesday, Jan. 18, Wayne Hsieh
Topic: His recent book, “A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War.”

Wednesday, Feb. 1, Anne Wilson
Topic: Her recent books “Hover” and “Clear to Lift.”

Wednesday, March 22, Nick Lambert
Topic: Why the admiralty followed Churchill’s plans at Gallipoli.

Monday, April 10, Don Peacock
Topic: Privateers in the War of 1812 and the Battle of Nantucket.


  • Wayne Hsieh is a graduate of Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in history and received his doctorate from the University of Virginia. Hsieh went on to work in the Department of State in 2008 to serve as the Tuz Satellite lead for the Salah ad Din Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq and worked primarily on ethnic political issues. He currently serves as an associate professor in 19th Century U.S. Military History at the Naval Academy. His published works include “West Pointers and the Civil War: The Old Army in War and Peace” in addition to “A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War.”
  • Anne Wilson is the author of “Hover” and “Clear to Lift.” She is a graduate from the Naval Academy with a degree in ocean engineering. She served nine years active duty as a Navy helicopter pilot, including three years flying search and rescue where she specialized in high altitude, technical mountain rescue. Following her military service, she worked for four years in the semiconductor industry. Currently, she and her husband own a triathlon coaching company, Camelback Coaching.
  • Nick Lambert is a 1957 Naval Academy graduate and currently serves as the Distinguished Chair in Naval History at the Naval Academy. His published works include “Planning Armageddon: British Economic Warfare and the First World War” and “Sir John Fisher’s Naval Revolution.”
  • Donald Peacock serves as the president of the Lynx Educational Foundation. In collaboration with the Egan Maritime Institute’s Sea of Opportunities, the Great Harbor Yacht Club, and private on-island supporters, Peacock and the Sea of Opportunities brought the Lynx to Nantucket this August for a group of island scholars. His great-great-grandfather, George Foster Emmons, was a lieutenant on the U.S.S. Peacock and sailed with the U.S. South Seas Exploring Expedition in 1838.

This lecture series is funded by the Class of 1950 Museum Endowment in recognition of the significant contribution made by the Shifley Trust. Frances Shifley established the trust following the death of her husband, Vice Adm. Ralph L. Shifley. Shifley was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1933, as well as a highly decorated naval aviator who had an outstanding career in the U.S. Navy. He participated in WWII operations against the Japanese at New Guinea, Saipan, Guam, the Palaus, and the Philippines. Foremost among those engagements was the Battle of the Philippine Sea, where he led his Air Group to be first over the target inflicting great damage on the Japanese fleet. For this action he was awarded the Navy Cross, having been awarded a Distinguishing Flying Cross for earlier exploits. The carrier Bunker Hill and his Air Group were awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

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