Lise Van Boxel
B.A., English Literature Specialist Degree and Political Science Major, Trinity College, The University of Toronto; M.A., Political Philosophy, Boston College; Ph.D., Political Philosophy, The University of Toronto; Professor / Tutor, St. John's College, 2001 - present.
Major, United States Marine Corps Reserve. Served in Bosnia, East Africa and Iraq as a Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Officer. Former Defense Contractor supporting Naval Special Warfare. B.S. Mechanical Engineering, United States Naval Academy. M.A. Liberal Arts, St. John's College Annapolis, Graduate Institute.
Jeffrey J.S. Black
B.A., Trinity College, University of Toronto; Ph.D., Boston College; Associate Dean for the Graduate Program, Annapolis, 2011-2015; Professor / “Tutor,” St. John's College, 1999 - present.
Sanya Sarich Kerksiek
B.A., Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; J.D., Northwestern University School of Law; M.A., Liberal Arts, St. Johns College, Annapolis and Santa Fe. Former civilian interpreter for U.S. Army counterintelligence forces in Bosnia. Federal law clerk and complex corporate litigator. Sanya is the Executive Producer, Audio Engineer, Website Support and Consiglieri for the Combat & Classics program.
“A leader should possess human understanding for others. Men are not robots and should not be treated as though they were machines. I do not by any means suggest coddling. But men are highly intelligent, complicated beings who will respond favorably to human understanding.” -GEN Omar Bradley, US Army
Combat and Classics is simply a series of podcasts and free online seminars for active duty, reserve and veteran US military, sponsored by St. John’s College. These seminars encourage deep thought and reflection by leaders in the company of their peers. In these discussion-based seminars devoted to what a leader must be and know, participants study historical and fictional leaders from the great books of the western canon. We examine techniques and examples of persuasion in the context of fundamental questions on the nature of man. When students take the time to reflect, with their peers, on the principles of leadership, they find that they return to their positions energized and focused, with a deeper understanding of the context of their decisions.