Hi, my name is Silvano A. Wueschner. I currently serve as the Historian for the 86th Airlift Wing in Ramstein Germany. Until May 2004 I served as a member of the History Department at the University of Iowa; until June 2011 I served on the staff in the Office of History at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, in Montgomery Alabama. Concurrently I served as a mediator at Air University.
Other teaching experience includes Associate Professor at William Penn University, Oskaloosa, Iowa; Professor and Department Chair Social and Behavioral Sciences American national College, Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Adjunct Professor Troy University and Auburn University, Montgomery, Alabama.
Additionally, I served on the State of Iowa Medical Assistance Advisory Committee (1996-2002); the healthy child task force in Iowa (1997); and the Welfare Reform Advisory Committee in beginning in November 1998.
Hobbies: Classical music, medieval literature, reformation intellectual currents, philosophy. I also have a passion for farming and building things.
Favorite Philosophers: Plato, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel and Schopenhauer. I am beginning to develop a taste for Nietzsche.
Favorite religious writers: St. Augustine, St. Aquinas, St. Bonaventure, Erasmus, Johannes Reuchlin.
Other writers (Humanists): Ulrich von Hutten, Crotus Rubeanus, Thomas More,
Favorite economists: Alan Greenspan followed closely by David O. Whitten
Favorite historians: Ellis Hawley, Richard White, and David Large.
Favorite musical figures: Richard Wagner, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Vivaldi, Verdi, Mozart, Mahler.
Favorite artists: Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Rembrandt
Favorite architect: Balthesar Neumann
Favorite psychologists: Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, Irvin Yalom.
Favorite sociologists: Ralf Dahrendorf, Max Weber, C. Wright Mills.
Favorite geographers: Harm De Blijs.
Favorite president: Abraham Lincoln because, as historian Richard Current states,
....[Lincoln's] inner qualities-the humor and the sadness, the essential
humanity, the basic integrity and incorruptibility that resist all debunking,
all scholarly prying, and that generation after generation cause those who
know him best to admire him most.
Never did Lincoln show any hankering for the perquisites or trappings of exalted power. If absolute power corrupts absolutely, he was absolutely safe from corruption. Whatever the secret of his leadership, he seems to have had in full measure at least one quality that all the others lacked in some degree. This was not humility or even modesty but a kind of ego perspective....It kept him well away from illusions of grandeur.
My dislikes: Intellectual sloth and Intellectual dishonesty; narrow vision; looking for shortcuts; lack of commitment; and change for the sake of change. Remember if it isn't broke don't mess with it! I also hate superficial and quick fix approaches to life. Things of quality take time to nurture.
2000 Economic & Business Historical Society Conference
San Diego, California
1999 Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Conference Tampa Florida
Panel on Civil Rights
with Jack Tunstall (executive director Phi Alpha Theta)
1999 OAH Conference Toronto
Toronto - Greenwood Publishing and American
West Historian Gordon Bakkan
with University of Iowa Colleagues
With David Morgan President of Phi Alpha Theta
with Mark Fessler (Univ. of Colorado)
with fellow Hoover Historian David Burner