Carr Center for Human Rights to Host Military Superintendents

April 11, 2017
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Contact: Sarah Peck
Phone: (617) 496-6086
Date: April 12, 2017

CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy  at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), is pleased to announce our upcoming event, “The View from the Military Academies: A Conversation with the Superintendents About Values, Ethics, and the Military Profession.” The panel will take place from 9:00 am to 10:30 am, Friday, April 21st, at the Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Taubman Building, NYE Rooms A&B.

Superintendents LGEN Michelle Johnson (U.S Air Force Academy), LGEN Robert Caslen (U.S. Military Academy) and VADM Ted Carter (U.S. Navel Academy) will participate in a discussion on the approach of today’s military academies to the issue of fundamental military values and the related issue of the role of human rights in our national security strategy. As the situation abroad presents an ever-growing list of challenges, and some in the public maintain that there should be no legal or ethical restrictions in combat operations, what are the values and ethics that the academies should instill and the military should embody today?

This event is RSVP only. Spaces are free, but will be distributed by lottery. Visit the Carr Center event page to RSVP. This event will be recorded.


LGEN Michelle D. Johnson is Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. LGEN Johnson is a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours and, among her many postings and commands, has served as Air Force Aide to the President of the United States. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1981, LGEN Johnson completed graduate studies as a Rhodes Scholar before earning her pilot wings in 1984. 
LGEN Robert L. Caslen, Jr. became the 59th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on July 17, 2013. LGEN Caslen graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975. He earned master’s degrees from Long Island University and Kansas State University. Previous to this assignment, LGEN Caslen served as the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq and was responsible for counterterrorism for the Joint Staff.

VADM Walter E. “Ted” Carter became the 62nd superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy July 23, 2014. He is a native of Burrillville, Rhode Island. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981, was designated a naval flight officer in 1982, and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (“Top Gun”) in 1985. He completed the Air Command and Staff College course and the Armed Forces Staff College. 

Hon. Alberto Mora is a Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School. In June of 2001, he was sworn in as the 20th General Counsel of the Navy, a post he held until 2006. Mora has been widely recognized for his efforts while Navy General Counsel, to oppose Bush administration legal theories that allowed harsh interrogation tactics of detainees. He is the recipient of the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

About the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

The Carr Center's mission is to realize global justice through theory, policy, and practice. The Center brings together theorists, policy makers, and practitioners in a vital mission:  to enhance global justice.  We accomplish this though research, teaching, training, and convenings focused on a more strategic and outcome-oriented human rights practice.

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Media contact: Sarah Peck
Communications Manager, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy