Military Science in the 21st century is polymathic by definition. Today, the US military is called upon in times of crisis to assist communities in all corners of the world hit by earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear disasters, and famine. The modern ROTC student majors in such diverse and complex areas as physics and nuclear engineering, linguistics, civil and mechanical engineering, geospatial information science, environmental science, or comparative culture and politics. Lt. Col. Kirkland, Ph.D. in history, will engage students in conversation about the truly interdisciplinary education of today’s soldier.
Lt. Col. Robert O. Kirkland
Robert Kirkland is the commander of the Army ROTC battalion at USC. He previously served as the Chief Historian for all U.S. and Allied Military Forces in Iraq. Lieutenant Colonel Kirkland has written extensively on U.S-Latin American civil-military relations and has appeared on the History Channel and been interviewed by numerous media outlets. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pittsburgh and has held faculty appointments at the United States Military Academy and Claremont McKenna College, and currently teaches military science and history courses at Columbia College (MI) and USC.
Being encompasses the internal and external; the solitary and communal; everydayness and timelessness; and the physical, spiritual, and cerebral, all at once. The fall 2015 Polymathic Pizza series explores being in all these dimensions, with the ultimate aim to be more fulfilled, to be more engaged, and to be more ourselves.