CHCW Guest – Monica Bhide, MS


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)


CHCW Guest – Tyler Anbinder, PhD


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.

CHCW Guest – Mark Schapiro

Mark Schapiro.jpegHONORED:  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