Richard ‘Butch’ Neal is a retired four-star general and served from 1996—1998 as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. After graduating with a B.S. in History and Education from Northeastern University in Boston, in 1965, Neal was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and spent the next thirty-five years commanding at every level.
During his time in uniform, he also went on to graduate from the National War College and earn his M.Ed. from Tulane University. He served two tours in the Republic of Vietnam, and during Desert Storm, he served as the Deputy Director of Operations for General Schwarzkopf as well as Central Command Briefer.
His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Silver Star Medal with Gold Star; the Defense Superior Service Medal with Palm; Bronze Star Medal with Combat V; and the Purple Heart. Since retiring in 1998, he has been president of three intellectual property licensing companies.
He was the Senior Mentor for the United States Marine Corps for five years and is currently a Senior Fellow at the National Defense University. The general also served as Chairman of the Board for the Military Officers Association of America, and is presently on the board of directors for several companies, and sits on the Board of Trustees for Norwich University.
Monica Bhide is a food writer and novelist. An engineer by training, Monica worked in corporate America for 10 years before she quit her job to pursue her love of writing. Since then, her bylines have appeared in top-tier magazines. Monica is currently a frequent presence on NPR. A storyteller at heart, Monica’s mantra is to eat locally but cook globally. (Edited from Patricia Tanumihardja’s “Women in food: An Interview with Monica Bhide)
“Good are just the best thing a writer can have.” ~Dr. Tyler Anbinder (J. Anthony Lukas Prize Winner)
TODAY: We were honored to host ! His new book is available via here:
Tyler Anbinder is a specialist in nineteenth-century American politics and the history of immigration and ethnicity in American life. His first book, Nativism and Slavery, analyzed the role of the anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic Know Nothing party on the political crisis that led to the Civil War. His most recent book, Five Points, traced the history of nineteenth-century America’s most infamous immigrant slum, focusing in particular on tenement life, inter-ethnic relations, and ethnic politics.
Professor Anbinder has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and held the Fulbright Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Utrecht. He also served as a historical consultant to Martin Scorsese for the making of The Gangs of New York. His current research includes an NEH funded study of Irish immigrant savings habits and a book-length study of immigrant life in New York City from the first Dutch settlers to the present.
“Part of your research as a writer is just living.” ~
HONORED: We’re hosting US Diplomat Mark Schapiro on June 3, 2017! Mark entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 2000 as an Economic Officer, and has focused on the Middle East, North Africa, and Southern Europe. Prior to entering the National War College, he served as Director for Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus at the National Security Council from 2015-2016. He will transfer overseas in July 2017 as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Valletta, Malta.
Mark has received three U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Awards and four Meritorious Honor Awards, a medal of excellence from U.S. Army BG Mark Kimmitt for his work at CPA Baghdad (2004), the Commander’s Award for Public Service from General David Petraeus (2007) and the Superior Civilian Service Award from U.S. Army 3ID Commander MG Anthony Cucolo (2010). Mark speaks Arabic, French, Italian, and basic Spanish. A native of New York City, Mark is a graduate of Brown University and the London School of Economics, and recently self-published “Authorized Departure,” a book on the U.S. diplomatic experience in Iraq available on Google Books and at Lulu.com.
ELATED: Our convo w/ Douglas Cohn airs May 30! Cohn’s is available via here:
THRILLED: Our convo w/ Ronald G. Shafer airs May 2! Ron’s is available via here:
THRILLED: Dr. Wendy Miller will be visiting us on June 17! Wendy Ph.D., LPC-BCPC, ATR-BC, LCPAT, REAT, is a writer, sculptor, expressive arts therapist, and educator. She has taught at JFK University, San Francisco State University, Southwestern College, Lesley College, California Institute of Integral Studies, and George Washington University. She is the cofounder of Create Therapy Institute, which offers clinical services in arts-based psychotherapy and trainings in experiential approaches to learning. She is a founding member and first elected (past) executive co-chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, where she continues to be on their Advisory Council. She is also on the Advisory Board of Maine General’s Healthy Living Resource Center and Blossom Arts Board of Advisors.
Miller’s skills take her into the worlds of fine art, writing, psychology, expressive arts therapy, and mind–body medicine. She has published on medical illness and the arts as complementary medicine, the use of sand tray therapy with internationally adopted children, experiential approaches to supervision in expressive arts therapy, and the cultural responsibility of the arts in therapy. Her current work is evolving as she continues the legacy of her late husband’s work and his Washington, DC, Center on Aging, where she is guiding it into projects on intergenerational communication. She continues to research the relationships among the arts, creativity, and health.