WestportREADS 2018: World War I Through Literature and Memory

Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

As part of West Point's centennial commemoration of World War I, Colonel Jason Musteen led cadets in a study of the history of WWI through literature, poetry and the memoirs of its soldiers. This included a trip to historical sites of the Western Front battlefields. Through these studies, the cadets placed themselves in the shoes of others who were often the same age as them and gained a deeper appreciation for the challenges of officership. COL Musteen explains the goals and conduct of these studies and uses experiences from the cadets and officers to highlight the value of immersive studies of history on-site.  

Guide to the WestportREADS books and program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Colonel Jason Musteen is an Armor/Cavalry officer serving as the Chief of International History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. COL Musteen enlisted in the US Army Reserves in 1990 as a combat engineer and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Regular Army in 1994. He is a veteran of combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and East Africa, and of crisis response to the US Embassy in South Sudan.

COL Musteen holds Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in Modern European History from the Florida State University. He has also earned a degree in Advanced Defense Studies from the Collège Interarmées de Défense at the French War College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of Nelson’s Refuge: Gibraltar in the Age of Napoleon and is a contributing author or editor of several other books and series, including consulting editor to the digital West Point History of Warfare. He is a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society, a member of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution, and the Masséna Society.

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