6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Accounting for Culture in the Military: Implications for Future Humanitarian Cooperation

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Webcast Recap

This one-day conference focuses on the U.S. military’s efforts to develop cultural expertise. While the military has made the goal of increased cultural knowledge and awareness a priority since the mid-2000s, these developments have yet to be accounted for as part of a broad inter-agency conversation among military and non-military stakeholders.  The increasing relevance of the military’s approaches to cultural challenges to the work of other government agencies and non-governmental actors, including diplomacy, development, and humanitarian relief, makes the present moment opportune for a fruitful exchange regarding the relationship of culture to security.

Conference Agenda

9:30 a.m. Registration

10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Michael Van Dusen, Executive Vice President and COO, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Bill Ivey, Director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, Vanderbilt University

10:15 a.m. Panel One: Cultural Education and Training

  • Clementine Fujimura (moderator), Professor, Department of Languages and Cultures, U.S. Naval Academy
  • Brian Selmeski, Deputy Director, Outreach, Planning and Policies, Air Force Culture and Language Center, Air War College
  • Robert Rubinstein, Professor, Anthropology and International Relations, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
  • Rochelle Davis, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University; Wilson Center Fellow

11:15 a.m. Panel Two:  Rise of the Military Culture Analyst

  • Robert Albro (moderator), School of International Service American University
  • Kerry Fosher, Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning, Marine Corps
  • Carter Malkasian, Director, Stability and Development Program, Center for Naval Analyses
  • Martin Short, Military Liaison, British Embassy

12:30 p.m. Luncheon and Keynote address

  • Steve Coll, President, New America Foundation

2:00 p.m. Military Cultural Heritage Resource Management

  • Lynn Nicholas (moderator), Independent Researcher
  • Laurie Rush, Archaeologist and Program Manager, Cultural Resources Management, U.S. Army
  • Patty Gerstenblith, Director, Center for Art, Museum, & Cultural Heritage Law, DePaul University
  • Fred Hiebert, Archaeologist and National Geographic Fellow, National Geographic Society

3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Bill Ivey, Director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, Vanderbilt University

This is a free public event, but RSVPs are requested.
Please arrive early to allow time to go through security

Speakers

  • Michael Van Dusen

    Middle East Fellow
    Former Senior Advisor to the President for Alumni Relations, Woodrow Wilson Center; Former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Bill Ivey

    Director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, Vanderbilt University
  • Clementine Fujimura

    Short-Term Grant
    Professor, Language and Culture Studies, US Naval Academy
  • Brian Selmeski

    Deputy Director, Outreach, Planning and Policies, Air Force Culture and Language Center, Air War College
  • Robert Rubinstein

    Professor, Anthropology and International Relations, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
  • Rochelle A. Davis

    Fellow
    Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Robert Albro

    Research Associate Professor, Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, American University
  • Kerry Fosher

    Director, Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning, Marine Corps
  • Carter Malkasian

    Director, Stability and Development Program, Center for Naval Analyses
  • Martin Short

    Military Liaison, British Embassy
  • Steve Coll

    President, New America Foundation
  • Lynn Nicholas

    Independent Researcher
  • Laurie Rush

    Archaeologist and Program Manager, Cultural Resources Management, U.S. Army
  • Patty Gerstenblith

    Director, Center for Art, Museum, & Cultural Heritage Law, DePaul University
  • Fred Hiebert

    Archaeologist and National Geographic Fellow, National Geographic Society
  • Bill Ivey

    Director, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, Vanderbilt University