A Special Lecture & Conversation with
Sir Noel Malcolm
Gen. Wesley K. Clark
Opening & Welcoming Remarks
Sunday, February 21
SPECIAL LECTURES & BOOK TALK
This is a rare opportunity to hear Sir Noel Malcolm’s account — one of the most singular and influential voices, and world’s leading experts on Albanian history and culture origins — who will present a staggering archival achievement, a work of astonishing (if, at times, overwhelming) richness and detail that incorporates “the all-too-neglected Albanian thread that is woven into the history of Europe” and beyond.
Sir Noel Malcolm
Sir Noel Malcolm is Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy. He did his doctorate in History at Cambridge, and was for seven years a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College.
He has been a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard and a Visiting Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford; he is an Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse, Gonville and Caius College, and Trinity College, Cambridge.
He left teaching to become the Foreign Editor of the Spectator and a political columnist for London’s Daily Telegraph.
His work has ranged widely in European history and intellectual history, with a particular interest in the history of political philosophy. His current research includes the history of Western knowledge of, and ideas about, Islam and the Ottoman Empire from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.
In 2010 he gave the Trevelyan Lectures at Cambridge. He is an Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse, Trinity and Gonville and Caius.
He has published books on, among other subjects, early modern philosophy (with a particular emphasis on Hobbes: he is one of the General Editors of the Clarendon Edition of the Works of Hobbes) and the history and culture of the Balkans.
Sir Noel Malcolm is author of the profound and important book, Kosovo: A Short History, “a necessary read for policy makers”, Agents of Empire, describing the paths taken through the eastern Mediterranean and its European hinterland by members of a Venetian-Albanian family, a fascinating and intimate picture of Albania at a moment when it represented the frontier between empires, cultures, and religions. And his most recent book, Rebels, Believers, Survivors, that includes Studies in the History of the Albanians, and will be the primary focus of this talk.
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, in recognition for services to scholarship, journalism, and European history.
General Wesley K. Clark, (ret.)
Wesley K. Clark is a businessman, educator, writer and commentator.
General Clark serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm; Chairman and Founder of Enverra, Inc. a licensed investment bank; Chairman of Energy Security Partners, LLC; as well as numerous corporate boards. He is active in energy, including oil and gas, biofuels, electric power and batteries, finance, and security. During his business career he has served as an advisor, consultant or board member of over ninety private and publicly traded companies. In the not-for-profit space, he is a Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations, Director of the Atlantic Council; Founding Chair of City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock, and Founder of Renew America Together. A best-selling author, General Clark has written four books and is a frequent contributor on TV and to newspapers.
Clark retired as a four star general after 38 years in the United States Army, having served in his last assignments as Commander of US Southern Command and then as Commander of US European Command/ Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes scholar. While serving in Vietnam, he commanded an infantry company in combat, where he was severely wounded and evacuated home on a stretcher. He later commanded at the battalion, brigade and division level, and served in a number of significant staff positions, including service as the Director, Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5). He was the principal author of both the US National Military Strategy and Joint Vision 2010, prescribing US warfighting for full-spectrum dominance. He also worked with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke in the Dayton Peace Process, where he helped write and negotiate significant portions of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement.
In his final assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, a 78-day air campaign, backed by ground invasion planning and a diplomatic process, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing.
His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), Silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from other governments, including award of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France). He has also been awarded the Department of State Distinguished Service Award and numerous honorary doctorates and civilian honors.
Rebels, Believers, Survivors: Studies in the History of the Albanians
Rebels, Believers, Survivors: Studies in the History of the Albanians, is Sir Noel’s latest book on Albanian studies and will be the focus of this talk. Published by Oxford University Press (2020), the book is a collection of meticulously researched essays that cover a wide range of topics in the history of Albanian Lands. Sir Noel unpicks myths that have grown up around the Albanians, their customs and values, their movements and migrations and he introduces us to innovative and important literary and political figures… on of the best resource you can find on these different aspects of modern and early Albanian history and cultural origins.
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