About Us

This Faces Behind The Mic

Show Hosts

Lise van Boxel

Show Host

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.

Brian Wilson

Show Host

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

Show Host

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

Executive Producer

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.

About Our Podcast

Combat and Classics is a series of podcasts and free online seminars for active duty, reserve, and veteran U.S. military members, sponsored by St. John’s College. The podcasts and seminars encourage deep thought and reflection by leaders in the company of their peers. In the 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 and fundamental questions on the nature of man. When participants take the time to reflect, with their peers, on the principles of leadership, they find that they return to their lives and professional positions energized and focused, with a deeper understanding of the context of their decisions, decision-making processes, and leadership roles.

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