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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Humanities Council set to host lecture on US military strategy

The Northern Marianas Humanities Council will be hosting next week a presentation focusing on the nation’s Asia-Pacific military strategy then and now and the important role of the Marianas region in it.

“America’s Pacific Pivot: How we got here and what it means for the Marianas” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 6pm to 9pm at the Pacific Islands Club Charley’s Cabaret.

The event will feature Dr. Richard Wyttenbach-Santos, a historian and former naval officer involved in military affairs in the Pacific since the 1970s; and Mark Calvo, special assistant to the Guam governor and retired army officer acting as the military buildup director for Guam.

Council executive director Scott Russell said the knowledge of the two speakers would provide information about the Pacific Pivot.

“The decision to focus on this topic was made because of its relevance to the CNMI and Guam, along with the rest of the Pacific. The American strategic shift to the Pacific will have significant implications in a number of areas including economic, social, and diplomatic/political,” Russell told Saipan Tribune.

Tickets to the event cost $25 per person, and include hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine.

Russell noted that Wednesday’s lecture is a fundraising event, with all proceeds to be used to support the Council’s future humanities programs and initiatives, including an upcoming history research workshop for high school students.

The workshop, intended to provide students with the skills needed to conceive and conduct historical research relating to the Northern Marianas, will be facilitated by Dr. Anne Hattori, a history professor from the University of Guam.

To buy tickets or for more information, call 235-4785.

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