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Please see the list below of the individual links to the virtual lectures on the new Continental Commandery YouTube Channel.
Inaugural Virtual History Lecture
10th Archivist of the United States / Navy Vietnam Veteran
Mr. David Ferriero
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Lively discussion between the Continental Commandery Commander and the National Archivist about the role of the National Archives, the history of the Archives, and a perspective on the collection.
June 2020 - Virtual History Lecture
13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
MCPOCG Jason Vanderhaden
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
A dialogue about leadership and the importance of the Master Chief Petty of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG). Former MCPOCG, Vincent Patton, Ph.D. also shares his perspectives and insights.
July 2020 - Virtual History Lecture
Navy Safe Harbor Foundation
RADM Christopher Cole & Mrs. Heidi Weller
Wednesday, July 29 - 4:30pm EST
An inspiring discussion about how the Navy supports wounded Navy veterans and their families. Please ask for more information about how you can get involved with the Navy Safe Harbor Foundation.
Aug 2020 - Virtual History Lecture
Military Historian; currently curator of military history at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History
Dr. Frank A. Blazich Jr.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Nov 2020 - Virtual History Lecture
Candid conversation with the distinguished co-author of: Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton
Tayler Baldwin Kiland
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Reflections on High Performance Teams derived from the life and events of the prisoners of war held at the "Hanoi Hilton" in North Vietnam.
March 2022 - History Lecture
Peter Harrington is an author, military historian, and archaeologist, who curates the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection in the John Hay Library at Brown University where he has worked for over 37 years. A native of Manchester, England, he studied at London, Edinburgh, Simmons and Brown, and his research over the past three decades has focused on artists and images of war. For many years he taught a distance learning graduate course on the subject. His other area of research is Conflict Archaeology. He has authored and edited a number of books.
November 2022 - Virtual Lecture
Mastering the Art of Command: A Reflection
Admiral Chester Nimitz was one of the most effective military leaders of World War II. In his new book, Mastering the Art of Command: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and Victory in the Pacific War, Trent Hone examines Admiral Nimitz's leadership and argues that Nimitz's effectiveness was based on an artistic approach that allowed him to maximize the potential of his command, wrest the initiative from the Japanese, and create the conditions for victory in the Pacific. In this talk, Mr. Hone will explore Nimitz's artistic approach in detail and highlight how core attributes of Nimitz's leadership allowed Nimitz and his subordinates to readily adapt and adjust to new information and maximize the effectiveness of their command and organizational structures. Mr. Hone will integrate command and operational history to describe the war as it appeared from Nimitz's headquarters and how Nimitz mastered the art of command.
Northern Lights illuminating the Norwegian Sea
February 2023 - Virtual Lecture
Thursday, February 16, 2023 (1900 Eastern Time)
Ms. Cinzi Lavin, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Award-winning musical dramatist Cinzi Lavin shares the humorous, poignant, and inspiring story of creating and producing a musical about Joshua James, widely known as the “Father of the U.S. Coast Guard.” James, the most highly decorated civilian lifesaving crew commander in United States history, personally saved over 600 individuals and took part in scores of life-threatening rescues at sea in Hull, Massachusetts. While researching his life and work, Lavin was awed by the magnitude of his heroism as she translated it into action and song for the stage. The technical, comical, and personal aspects of bringing the show to life are revealed in behind-the-scenes stories that only its creator/producer can provide, such as that of the musical number written just hours before opening night, or the excitement of a surprise cameo role.
Born in Manhattan and raised in Texas, Cinzi Lavin began studying piano at the age of five and was working regularly as a paid performer by age 16. She is the award-winning creator and producer of three full-length original musical dramas. In 2010, she performed by invitation at the White House. In 2020, she was honored with an award from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) for her influence on American culture and has been voted into the National League of American Pen Women for distinction in both Letters and Music.
June 2023 - Virtual Lecture
"Cold War Termination"
There is much dispute how and why the Cold War ended when it did. I will present differing internal, external, and overarching explanations. The five external explanations are: Ronald Reagan crushed them, the Helsinki Accords undermined them, Nixon’s China card played them, cumulative presidential effects overwhelmed them, or submarines cornered them. The four internal explanations are: imperial overextension, sick satellites, economic decline, or flawed leadership ruined them. The two umbrella explanations are: either any of the above (i.e. the outcome was inevitable) or all of the above plus careful coordination between President Bush and Chancellor Kohl (i.e. the West barely won).
Professor Paine, William S. Sims University Professor of History and Grand Strategy, has taught at the U.S. Naval War College since 2000. She lectures on geopolitics, Mao Zedong, World War II, the Chinese Civil War, and the Russo-Japanese, Korean, Vietnam and Cold wars. She has spent over eight years overseas, with multiple yearlong stints in Taiwan and Japan, and a year each in China, Russia, and Australia.
July 2023 - Virtual Lecture
"Did the Spanish Discover Hawaii before Captain Cook?"
The conventional wisdom is that Captain James Cook was the first European to “discover” Hawaii in 1778. As a teenager, however, Capt. Michael A. Lilly read an account that Gaetano, a Spanish navigator, first recorded the discovery of Hawaii in 1542. Lilly believes it was not possible for these galleons to miss seeing the 13,000-foot mountains of the big island of Hawaii, from which smoke from lava eruptions sometimes rose high above. In 1743, a British ship captured a Spanish galleon that had charts showing a group of islands in the general location and exact latitude of Hawaii. He also will present Hawaiian legends of white men landing in Hawaii long before Cook.
Captain Lilly, USN (Ret.) had a distinguished career as Hawaii's Attorney General and as a trial attorney. He is a founding director emeritus of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, which operates the Missouri as a memorial and tourist attraction. He authored Nimitz at Ease, relating how his grandparents helped Nimitz cope with the stresses of command and win the Pacific war. He retired as a surface warfare captain after 30 years of service, active and reserve.