2015-02-26 / Naval Community

Navy Community Briefs

Great Decisions Seminars

The Newport Council for International Visitors will host the next Great Decisions seminar on Wednesday, March 4, at the Newport Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Jim Buxton, social scientist and international relations specialist, will lead a discussion on Sectarianism in the Middle East.

Many of the current conflicts in the Middle East have been attributed to sectarianism. From the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the struggle between Sunni and Shi‘i groups for dominance is tearing apart the region. But for all the religious discord, much of its roots are political, not religious. The seminar examines how sectarianism fits into a larger narrative of the Middle East, how governments have manipulated sectarian differences, and what is the U.S. doing about it.

For more information, visit newportciv.org or call 401-848-5142 or 401-848-9427.

Eight Bells

The Naval War College Museum’s Eight Bells lecture series will present G. William Weatherly discussing his book, “Sheppard of the Argonne,” on Thursday, March 5, at noon.

The inventive debut wartime novel transports military buffs into the heart of the action in World War II, with a flawed protagonist struggling to regain the confidence to command again following a failed counterattack against the Japanese after Pearl Harbor. The author is a retired Navy captain who served as the chairman of the Joint Military Operations Department at the Naval War College.

Advance reservations are required for civilian guests at least five work days prior to the event. For more information on the program and to reserve, call 401-841- 2102.

Balfour Beatty Scholarships

The Balfour Beatty Communities Foundation is accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic year from high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students who are children of active duty military families residing in housing. Scholarship applicants must be planning to attend or already attending an accredited college or university on a full time basis in the fall of 2015. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $2,500. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15. For application information, visit bbcommunitiesfoundation.org.

Thrift Shop Seeks Donations

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Thrift Shop seeks donations of clothing, uniforms, linens, kitchenware and other household items. The store, in Building 305, is open Tuesday and Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., but donation bins are located outside the building.

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