MemberLangdon Elsbree

…Claremont McKenna C…

Aside from essays on Lawrence, Woolf, Hardy, Austen, Frost, and Golding,I Have been writing about the relationship between ritual and story. Two books of mine –The Rituals of Life and Ritual Passage and Narrative Structures–explore some of the relationships, especially liminality ( RP AND NS) Now retired, I still read (casually) in anthropology and try to keep up with such topics as liminality and rites of passage and the ways they inform novels and short stories, as wells as poetry occasionally.

MemberMiemie Winn Byrd

…Dr. Byrd received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting from Claremont McKenna College and holds a Master of Business Administration with emphasis in Asia-Pacific Economics and Business from University of Hawaii.  She earned her Doctorate in Education Leadership from the University of Southern California…. Dr. Miemie Winn Byrd joined the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in 2007.  Dr. Byrd researches, teaches, and publishes in the areas of U.S.-Myanmar (Burma) relations; security dynamics in Southeast Asia; economics and security linkages; rising inequality and its implication on security; the roles of private-sector, women, and education in socioeconomic development; civil-military operations; leadership; organizational development & innovation; and transformational learning & adult education.   Some of Dr. Byrd’s publications include “Worlds Apart: Why North Korea Won’t Follow Myanmar’s Path to Reform” in Global Asia; “Why the U.S. Should Gender its Counterterrorism Strategy” in The Military Review Journal; “Combating Terrorism: A Socio-Economic Strategy” and “Combating Terrorism with Socioeconomics: Leveraging the Private Sector” in Joint Force Quarterly, a professional military and security journal published for the Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff by National Defense University; and “Education, Economic Growth, and Social Stability: Why the Three Are Inseparable” in APCSS’ publication, American and Russian Perspective on Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.  She also served as the editor for USPACOM’s Asia-Pacific Economic Update publications.   Dr. Byrd also served as a civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army Reserves.   She was mobilized in support of Operations Enduring Freedom in 2003.  While on active duty from 2003 to 2007, she served as the Deputy Economic Advisor, Civil-Military Operations Plans Officer, and Interagency Operations Officer at U.S. Pacific Command.  She had also served as a linguist and cultural advisor to the U.S. delegations attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, POW/MIA recovery negotiations in Myanmar (Burma), and Operation Caring Response to Cyclone Nargis, and US-Myanmar (Burma) Human Rights Dialogues.  Prior to the mobilization, Dr. Byrd was the Controller for Law and Economics Consulting Group in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Her sixteen years of civilian private-sector professional experience included a wide range of auditing, accounting, and financial management positions with multinational corporations such as Gillette, General Telephone and Electronics (GTE) and Ernst & Young and also with a Silicon Valley start-up firm,  Dr. Byrd spearheaded the effort to establish and launch Suu Foundation (501c3 US non-profit entity) at the request of the Noble Peace Laurate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in 2013.  Dr. Byrd is currently serving on the Board of Governors of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College, and as an Adjunct Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.      

MemberMichael DeVries

…“The Priesthood in Times of War: Sacerdotal and Militaristic Functions,” Presented at the Western Jewish Studies Association 2017 Annual Conference, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA, March 26, 2017.

“Cult and Warfare: The Role of the Priesthood in 1QM,” Presented at Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Regional Meeting, Hope International University, Fullerton, CA, March 12, 2017.

“‘When You Are Encamped Against Your Enemies:’ Purity Rules for the War Camp in Deuteronomy and 1QM,” Presented at Society of Biblical Literature Pacific Coast Regional Meeting, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, March 14, 2016….

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Charlotte Hempel. My research focuses on compositional and thematic elements the War Scroll and related war texts from Qumran. I am also an Adjunct Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Azusa Pacific University, where I teach courses on biblical literature, Hebrew, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. My research spans areas of sectarian ideology, ritual theory, purity, and priesthood within the Qumran corpus and the wider landscape of Second Temple writings.