“Understanding Lincoln” Panels Open to Public

(June 3, 2014)  The 2014 “Understanding Lincoln” online course began by unveiling the line up for a series of three expert panels on the evolving controversies surrounding presidential war-making since Lincoln’s era.  Featured panelists included noted journalists, scholars and senior military figures. The panels will take place on June 18, 25 and July 9 and will be freely available over the course Livestream channel (http://new.livestream.com/gilderlehrman/lincoln).  Attendance at the panels is also open to both course participants and members of the general public, though anyone who would like to attend or cover the event from the press, should make reservations / contact with hdivided@dickinson.edu.  Full details on the panels are provided below.

Panel 1: Wednesday, June 18, 2014   Presidential War Powers:  The Challenges of Managing Wars

Location: New America Foundation, 1899 L Street NW, Washington DC

Time:  10am to 11:30am

 

Moderator:  Matthew Pinsker, “Understanding Lincoln” instructor, Dickinson College, New America Fellow

 

Panelists:

John D. Altenburg, Jr. (USA, ret.), Major General and former Deputy Judge Advocate General (JAG).  Altenburg is an attorney currently serving Of Counsel at the Greenberg Traurig law firm in Washington DC.  He served for 28 years as a lawyer in the Army and helped organize the Appointing Authority for Military Commissions handling post-9/11 cases generated from Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere.  IMAGE URL:  http://clarke.dickinson.edu/wp-content/uploads/altenbuj.jpg

 

Sidney Blumenthal, noted journalist, author, and presidential aide.  Former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton, Blumenthal has been a staff writer for The New Republic, The Washington Post and The New Yorker.  He is the author of several books on American politics, executive producer of the Academy Award winning documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side,” and A Self-Made Man, the first volume of his trilogy, The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, will be published by Simon & Schuster in Spring 2015.

 

Louis Fisher, Scholar in Residence, Constitution Project.  Fisher worked for four decades at the Library of Congress as Senior Specialist in Separation of Powers.  He received his PhD from the New School for Social Research. He is the author of numerous books and nearly 500 articles on constitutional and legal history and is the two-time winner of the Louis Brownlow Book Award.

 

Jeffrey McCausland, Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), US Army War College. McCausland (USA, ret.) is a former US army colonel who served in Operation Desert Storm and now holds the Minerva Chair at the Strategic Studies Institute at the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA.  He received his Ph.D from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and previously worked on the National Security Council staff at the White House.  He is the author of numerous essays and articles and serves as a military analyst for CBS News.

 

 

Panel 2: Wednesday, June 25, 2014   Civil-Military Relations:  Presidents and Their Conflicts with Generals

Location:  Dickinson College, Denny Hall, Room 212, Carlisle, PA

Time:  10am to 11:30am

 

Moderator:  Jeffrey McCausland, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College

 

Panelists:

Conrad C. Crane, Chief of Historical Services, US Army Heritage and Education Center.  Crane (USA, ret.) had a 26-year military career, including nearly a decade of service as a history professor at the US Military Academy at West Point.  He holds a PhD from Stanford University.  Crane was the lead author for the groundbreaking Army – USMC counterinsurgency (COIN) manual released in 2006.

 

Paul Eaton, (USA, ret.), Major General  who served more than 30 years in the US Army, including combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia, and Somalia.  From 2003 to 2004, Eaton served as Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team in Iraq.  He previously commanded the Army’s Infantry Center.  Eaton has been a regular contributor to various network and cable TV news programs.  He is currently affiliated with the National Security Network.

 

Matthew Pinsker, “Understanding Lincoln” instructor, Dickinson College, New America Fellow

 

 

Panel 3: Wednesday, July 9, 2014   The Wartime Press:  Civil Liberties During War

Location:  New America Foundation, 1899 L Street NW, Washington DC

Time:  10am to 11:30am

 

Moderator:  Jeffrey McCausland, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College

 

Panelists:

 

Kimberly Dozier, The Associated Press.  Dozier, author of the best-selling memoir, Breathing the Fire, has served as a military affairs correspondent for both CBS News and the Associated Press.  She is the winner of a Peabody award and two Edward R. Murrow awards.  Dozier has recently been named as the next Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership, jointly held by Dickinson College, Penn State School of Law, and the US Army War College.

 

Linda Mason, former senior vice president at CBS News.  Mason served 47 years with CBS, ending her career in 2013 as senior vice president for standards and specials.  She was the first female producer on “The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite” and broke ground on a number of fronts as a leader female news producer and company executive during her notable career in journalism.

 

Matthew Pinsker, “Understanding Lincoln” instructor, Dickinson College, New America Fellow

 

Thom Shanker, Associated Editor, Washington Bureau, and former Pentagon correspondent, New York Times.  Shanker has been a leading correspondent with the New York Times since 1997 and covered the Pentagon from 2001 to 2014. He formerly served as a foreign editor and correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.  Shanker is co-author, with Eric Schmitt of Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al-Qaeda.  

 

John Altenburg

John Altenburg

Sidney Blumenthal

Sidney Blumenthal

Conrad Crane

Conrad Crane

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kimberly Dozier

Kimberly Dozier

Paul Eaton

Paul Eaton

Louis Fisher

Louis Fisher

Linda Mason

Linda Mason

Jeffrey McCausland

Jeffrey McCausland

Thom Shanker

Thom Shanker