Special Lecture & Conversation
Sir Noel Malcolm
Gen. Wesley Clark
February 21, 2021 at 11:00 AM ET
Join us for a Special Lecture with Sir Noel Malcolm, welcoming speech by General Wesley K. Clark, (ret.), welcome and introductory remarks by Dr. Elez Biberaj, followed by a discussion lead by Professor Nicholas C. Pano, introduction by Mr. Richard S. Lukaj, organized and hosted by director Dino Korca.
Sunday, February 21
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.
General Wesley Clark welcoming speech with introduction by Mr. Richard Lukaj
Gen. Wesley K. Clark (Ret., US Army) is a distinguished fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. General Clark is a businessman, educator, writer and commentator, and serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm. In 2004, Clark campaigned for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. 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.
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, award of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France).
Sir Noel Malcolm Special Lecture with introduction by Dr. Elez Biberaj
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.
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.
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.
This program is ticketed and open to all. Advance registration is required. All registered participants will be sent a link to participate through Zoom.