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Naval Academy Announces New Museum Lecture Series

Posted on: September 27, 2013 08:00 EDT

Press Release #: 048-13

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The U.S. Naval Academy Museum announces their new Vice Adm. Ralph L. and Frances Shifley lecture series beginning Oct. 11 at noon.

Each 30 minute lecture will be delivered at noon by a selected author with 10 to 15 minutes for questions and answers following the presentation. There will be five lecturers for each academic semester and each will be held in the second floor theatre of Preble Hall.

The authors, topics, and dates for fall semester are as following:

  • Oct. 11: CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein, USN - Militant Islamist Ideology
  • Oct. 23: Andrew Jampoler - U.S. Navy River Expeditions in the 19th Century
  • Nov. 1: John Gordon - Fighting for McArthur
  • Nov. 14: Taylor Kiland - Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton
  • Dec. 2: RDML Terry McKnight, USN (Ret.) - Pirate Alley

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, fearless naval aviator who had an outstanding career in the U.S. Navy. 

Cdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein is a subject matter expert and senior advisor on violent Islamist groups at DIA's Defense Combating Terrorism Center. He previously served under Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as Director for North Africa and Egypt, and Assistant Country Director for Arabian Gulf Affairs at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2002 to 2006. His first book, "Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat," published by the Naval Institute Press was named among the top 150 most influential books on terrorism.

 Andrew Jampoler retired from the U.S. Navy in the 1980’s, after twenty-four years of service as a naval aviator. In retirement, Jampoler began writing about maritime history full time. His fifth and sixth non-fiction books, “Congo” and “Black Rock and Blue Water,” were published by the Naval Institute Press this year. 

Dr. John Gordon is currently a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation following a 20-year career in the U.S. Army. Dr. Gordon has authored and co-authored several RAND studies on counterinsurgency and irregular warfare. He has authored numerous articles on military subjects in a variety of professional journals and in the World War II history book, “Fighting for MacArthur, the Navy and Marine Corps’ Desperate Defense of the Philippines.”

Taylor Kiland is a management consultant with a large strategy and consulting firm in Washington, D.C. She is the author and co-author of four books including: “Open Doors: Vietnam POWs Thirty Years Later” (Potomac Books, Inc., 2005); “The U.S. Navy & Military Careers” (Enslow Publishers, 2006); “A Walk in the Yard: A Self-Guided Walking Tour of the U.S. Naval Academy” (Naval Institute Press, 2007); and “Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams” (Naval Institute Press, 2013).

Rear Adm. Terence E. McKnight graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 1994 and served as the first Commander of Task Force 151 for counter-piracy operations in January 2009. In 2012, he authored his first book, “Pirate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia” and has written several articles on maritime security that have appeared in a variety of international and domestic newspapers and magazines. 

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