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21st century war, policy expert to speak Tuesday at Wofford

Director of national security affairs at Army War College

 

9/22/06

 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II, director of national security affairs and director of research at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, will speak at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Wofford College as part of The War Year series of programs.  Echevarria will speak on “War as an Instrument of Policy and an Expression of Politics.”

 

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building.

 

Wofford’s faculty and students are undertaking a learning community titled “The War Year” during the 2006-07 academic year to study the history, practice and implications of war.  The fall semester will include four intensive weeks of speakers and discussions, and other events will occur throughout the semester.  In the spring, Wofford will host another series of events, including visits by two prominent historians, as part of The War Year.  (See a full list of events below.)

 

Echevarria, a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, was commissioned as an armor officer, and has held a variety of command and staff assignments in Germany and continental United States; he also has served as an assistant professor of European history at the U.S. Military Academy, and as a speechwriter for the U.S. Army Chief of Staff.

 

He is the author of “After Clausewitz: German Military Thinkers before the Great War,” published by the University Press of Kansas (2001).  His second book, “Clausewitz and Contemporary War,” will be released by Oxford University in 2007.   He is completing a third book, “Imagining Future War,” which compares how civilians and military professionals imagined war before 1914.  He also has published articles in a number of scholarly and professional journals to include the Journal of Military History, War in History, War & Society, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Parameters, Joint Force Quarterly, Military Review, and Airpower Journal.

 

Echevarria holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Princeton University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

 

Here is a schedule of The War Year events for the fall semester:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 26 – Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II, director of national security affairs and director of research at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, "War as an Instrument of Policy and an Expression of Politics," 11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium
  • Monday, Oct. 2 – Dr. Ab Abercrombie, professor of biological and social sciences at Wofford, “Vietnam: Dancing at the Apocalypse,” 4:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Oct. 3 – Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap, president of Wofford, “War and Forgetfulness,” 11 a.m., Leonard Auditorium
  • Monday, Oct. 9 – Dr. Philip Racine, William R. Kenan Professor and chair of the department of history at Wofford, “Target: Civilians,” 4:30 p.m., Leonard Auditorium
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10 – Dr. Joab Lesesne, professor emeritus of history at Wofford, “The Changing Nature of War,” 11 a.m.; Leonard Auditorium
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Roundtable discussion with Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap, Dr. Ab Abercrombie, Dr. Philip Racine and Dr. Joe Lesesne, 4:30 p.m., McMillan Theater

Other fall events include:

  • World Film Series, Olin Teaching Theater – Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 3:30 and 7 p.m., “Sophie Scholl;” and Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 and 7 p.m., “Joyeux Noel”
  • Special film and discussion, led by Dr. William DeMars, associate professor and chair of the department of government – Monday, Oct. 23, “Sometimes in April” (about Rwandan genocide), 7-9:30 p.m., McMillan Theater
Discussion with Abdul-Karim Mustapha, instructor in philosophy, "Death and the Sensation of Colours"  – Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., McMillan Theater