Norwich University Presents Stephan Wolfert in Play About Veterans, “Cry Havoc!”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

November 19, 2018

Norwich University presents “Cry Havoc!” a one-person play performed by military veteran Stephan Wolfert about challenges faced by veterans and the role of theater as inspired by Shakespeare in reintegration to civilian life.

Celebrating the inaugural season of performances in Mack Hall, this event is free and open to the public on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the new Mack Hall Auditorium.

“Cry Havoc!” is a one-person play that unites veterans with civilians by showing that the military men and women of Shakespeare’s time wrestled with the same hopes and worries that occupy modern lives through exploration of the difficulties veterans and their families face.

Wolfert left a career in the military, where he served in the U.S. Army from 1986-1993 as a medic and infantry officer, for a life in the theatre after seeing Shakespeare’s Richard III. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence, R.I. He was a cast member in the long running hit “Sense and Sensibility” produced by Bedlam in New York City. He has also appeared in Bedlam’s acclaimed production of “Saint Joan.” On Broadway, Stephan created and directed the military segments for Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel’s Tony-Award winning production “Movin’ Out.”

As an artistic leader, Wolfert co-created the largest touring Shakespeare company in New England, directed and taught acting Shakespeare at Cornell University and at Antelope Valley College. Wolfert is also the founder of De-Cruit, an organization that interweaves personal writings with Veteran-related Shakespeare texts, applying stage skills for life-skills and “completing the communalization of trauma within their community.”

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Writers Series Welcomes Award-Winning Author John Crowley

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

October 2, 2018

The Norwich University Writers Series welcomes author John Crowley for a presentation on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery. All Writers Series events are free and open to the public.

Crowley is one of the most admired and respected authors of the literature of the fantastic. The author of over a dozen novels and four collections of short fiction, he has won the World Fantasy Award three times, including the 2006 award for Lifetime Achievement. Other awards include the Mythopoeic Award, Locus Award, and American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. Earlier this year, his short story “Spring Break” won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award, while new novel “Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ym” earned the author a second Mythopoeic Award. Ka is also a finalist for this year’s World Fantasy Award. Other notable works include novels “Engine Summer” and “Lord Byron’s Novel,” novellas “Great Work of Time” and “The Summer of Shakespeare’s Heroines,” and the four novels of the Aegypt Cycle.

Noted scholar and critic Harold Bloom hailed Crowley’s 1981 novel “Little, Big,” as “an imaginative masterpiece, in which the sense of wonder never subsides.” Bestselling author Neil Gaiman cites the novel as “one of my favorite books in the world.”  The Los Angeles Times calls Ka “a beautiful, often dreamlike late masterpiece.”

Crowley is a long-time teacher of creative writing at Yale University and a regular contributor of essays to Lapham’s Quarterly and Harper’s. He has also written scripts for numerous documentary films. A native of Presque Isle, Maine, he lives with his family in Massachusetts.

The Writers Series is produced by the Norwich University College of Liberal Arts.  All events are free and open to the public.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Colby Award Winner Author Steven Sodergren to Present on Civil War

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

September 19, 2018

The Norwich University Peace and War Center will present “The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-1865,” a presentation by Colby Award Winner Steven E. Sodergren on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Mack Hall auditorium.

Free and open to the public, this is the final event in a day of presentations, which includes the presentation of the Colby Award. The Peace and War Center announced in April that Sodergren won the 2018 William E. Colby Award for his book, “The Army of the Potomac in the Overland & Petersburg Campaigns” (LSU Press, 2017). Now in its 19th year, the Colby prize is awarded annually by Norwich University to a first solo work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations or international affairs.

Sodergren’s evening lecture is the keynote in a full day of guest historians, presentations, and book signings on the Norwich campus, all free and open to the public and centered around the Civil War. On Thursday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Todd Multipurpose Room, undergraduate Thaddeus Boothtrudo’20 will present his research on Vermont sharpshooters in the Civil War.

Then, at 3 p.m., a book signing will take place in the Kreitzberg Library featuring guest authors Howard Coffin, author of “The Battered Stars,” “Full Duty, Guns Over the Champlain Valley,” and “Nine Months to Gettysburg;” Brian Matthew Jordan, author of “Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War;” Jerry Morelock, author of “Generals of the Bulge: Leadership in the U.S. Army’s Greatest Battle;” Carlo D’Este, author of “Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War” and “Patton: A Genius for War;” Kevin M. Levin, author of “Remembering The Battle of the Crater: War as Murder” and “Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites;” and 2018 Colby Award winner Steven E. Sodergren.

To complement this event, Norwich University students, faculty, and alumni will also participate in an immersive learning field study “staff ride” to the sites of the St. Albans Raid, the northernmost land action of the Civil War. “Staff rides” are a unique experiential learning tool used by militaries and military historians worldwide. They include a preliminary study of a campaign or battle and a field study at a historic site that seeks to have students walk in the footsteps of the key historic decision makers so that they can learn from the past in order to prepare for the challenges of the future. The field study will bring students along the sites of the raid, include living history encampments, and showcase the exhibits of the Saint Albans Museum. Norwich University is pleased to partner with the Saint Albans Museum to present this unique learning experience to students. The Saint Albans Museum also facilitates historic walking tours for the public. For more information, visit stamuseum.org.

Sodergren, the first Norwich University author to receive the Colby award, is associate professor of history and is the chair of the department of history and political science at Norwich University.

In his book and to be highlighted in his lecture, Sodergren explores the many factors that enabled the Army of the Potomac to endure the brutal physical conditions of trench warfare and emerge with a renewed sense of purpose as fighting resumed on the open battlefield in 1865. Drawing from soldiers’ letters and diaries, official military correspondence, and court-martial records, he paints a vivid picture of the daily lives of Union soldiers as they witnessed the beginnings of a profound shift in the way the world imagined and waged large-scale warfare.

The final year of the Civil War witnessed a profound transformation in the practice of modern warfare, a shift that produced unprecedented consequences for the soldiers fighting on the front lines. In his lecture Sodergren will examine the transition to trench warfare, the lengthy campaigns of attrition that resulted, and how these seemingly grim new realities affected the mindset and morale of Union soldiers.

Winners of the Colby Award receive a $5,000 author honorarium provided through the generosity of the Chicago-based Pritzker Military Foundation. Visit Colby.norwich.edu for information. Named for the late ambassador and former CIA director William E. Colby, the Colby Award recognizes a first solo work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs. The William E. Colby Award began at Norwich University in 1999.

About the Pritzker Military Museum & Library

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Open to the public, the Museum & Library features an extensive collection of books, programs, artifacts, and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military that are available to visitors in person and online at pritzkermilitary.org. Opened in 2003, the Museum & Library is a center where citizens and service members come together to learn about military history and affairs. Each year, the Museum & Library awards the prestigious Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing to recognize a living author who has made a lifetime contribution to the understanding of military history affairs. The Museum & Library is a living memorial to current and former service members and their families that is supported by its members and sponsors.

About the Saint Albans Museum

The Saint Albans Museum is a 501(c)3 community non-profit with a mission to preserve and share the history and heritage of St. Albans, Franklin County, and northwestern Vermont through exhibitions, educational programs, art, cultural performances, public archives, and special events for all ages.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Writers Series Kicks Off with Author Joy Passanante

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

September 11, 2018

The Norwich University Writers Series kicks off the 2018-19 year with author Joy Passanante on Monday, Oct. 1, at 4 pm in the Kreitzberg Library Todd Multipurpose Room.

Passanante has been publishing in three genres over four decades, including collections of poetry and short stories; a novel; and a biography-memoir. Her fiction and nonfiction have won national recognition. She also received Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowships for both poetry and fiction as well as an Idaho Humanities Council Research Fellowship for her nonfiction.

A professor at the University of Idaho for 38 years, Passanante also served as the University of Idaho’s Associate Director of Creative Writing. Among her teaching awards is the ROTC Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching at both the University of Idaho and at Washington State University.

Her most recent book, “Through a Long Absence—Words from My Father’s Wars” (Mad Creek Books, 2017), is a biography drawn from her father’s correspondence, World War II diaries, and paintings. The author’s research included work at the Norwich University archives. Rolling Stone calls the book an “intimate and epic portrait…absorbing and affecting in every detail,” while Pulitzer Prize-winning author Allison Lurie finds it “a remarkable and moving tribute to family love and tradition.” “Through a Long Absence” was the Silver Winner in biography for the Foreword Best of the INDIES Book of the Year Award.

This event is sponsored by the Norwich University Writers Series, the Kreitzberg Library, and the Norwich University Undergraduate Research Program. The Writers Series is produced by the Norwich University College of Liberal Arts and Department of English and Communications.

All events are free and open to the public.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University to Hold Summit on North Korea Nukes

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

August 22, 2018

Norwich University’s Peace and War Center will hold an inaugural Peace and War Summit in the newly built Mack Hall auditorium on September 17-18, 2018. The summit focuses on the North Korean nuclear and missile challenges, which are currently a central issue for peace and stability for the United States and the East Asian region.

This event is free and open to the public.

In March 2019, the Summit scholarship and policy implications will be published in the forthcoming “Journal of Peace and War Studies” by Norwich University Press.

At the 2018 Summit, South Korean Consul General Yonghyon Kim will deliver the keynote speech on the most updated condition of the North Korean nuclear/missile issue. Four panels, consisting of prominent scholars and policy experts, outline how four different perspectives, the U.S., China, Japan, and South Korea, highlight the current scholarship on North Korea. Moreover, the summit will include a roundtable debate over how to deal with nuclear North Korea. The summit also provides a forum for outstanding students to present their research related on peace and war.

Finally, the South Korean Consulate in Boston will provide an opportunity for all participants to experience Korean culture at Norwich University via a screening of the film, Ode to My Father, and by a special performance of traditional Korean dance/music.

For further information and online registration, please visit http://www.cvent.com/d/fgqgcw.

The Peace and War Center at Norwich University is an academic center of excellence for students, scholars, and practitioners that works to advance interdisciplinary knowledge on the relationship between peace and warfare at local, national, and global levels.  

2018 Peace and War Summit Schedule

 

Sunday (9/16) Monday (9/17)

 

Tuesday (9/18)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrival at Montpelier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:00-8:45

Breakfast (invitation only)

8:00-9:00

Breakfast (invitation only)

9:00-9:50

Opening Ceremony

Welcome & Keynote speech

9:25-10:40

Roundtable:

Dealing with Nuclear North Korea

 

9:50-10:00

Break

10:40-11:00

Break

10:00-10:50

Panel Session I

U.S. Perspective

 

11:00-12:30

Closed Workshop

 

10:50-11:00

Break

12:30-13:45

Luncheon (invitation only)

11:00-11:50

Panel Session II

Chinese Perspective

 

13:45-

Adjournment

 

 

 

 

11:50-12:50

Luncheon

(invitation only)

13:00-13:50

Panel Session III

Japanese Perspective

 

13:50-14:00

Break

14:00-14:50

Panel Session IV

South Korean Perspective

 

14:50-15:00

Break

15:00-15:50

Panel Session V

Student Research Presentations

 

16:00-18:00

Korean Film Screening

 

18:00-20:00

Welcome Dinner

(invitation only)

17:30-19:15

Summit Dinner

(invitation only)

19:30-20:45

Traditional Korean Music/Dance Performance

 

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich Writers Series Presents Award-Winning Poet Karin Gottshall to Kick Off Poetry Month

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 9, 2018

Norwich University’s Writers Series presents award winning author Karin Gottshall on Monday, April 2, at 4 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library Todd Multipurpose Room. This visit kicks of Poetry Month for Norwich University.

Gottshall teaches at Middlebury College and directs the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf. She released her first collection of poetry in 2007. This collection, “Crocus,” won the Poets Out Loud Prize and was published by Fordham University. According to Alberto Rios: “The poems in ‘Crocus’ offer crisp language, language that speaks to new views, felt and therefore inherently worthy ways of reporting, all made forceful by strong and easy narrative guidance.”

Her second collection, “The River Won’t Hold You,” won the Ohio State University Press Prize. She is the author of three chapbooks as well: “Flood Letters,” “Almanac for the Sleepless,” and “Swan.” Allison Titus writes: Karin Gottshall’s poems are compelling invitations to an interior landscape that feels relentlessly surprising. Her poems contain an attention to melancholy that’s startling for its loveliness; here the darkness is tender if unsettling, and the observations feel vital and new.”

Norwich Writer’s Series is produced to the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English and Communications. All Writer’s Series events are free and open to the public.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich Writers Series Brings Author Elizabeth Hand to Campus

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 6, 2018

Norwich University’s 2018-19 Writers Series presents award-winning author Elizabeth Hand on Monday, March 26, at 4 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library Todd Multipurpose Room. This event is free and open to the public.

The author of fourteen novels and four collections of short fiction, Hand has won the Nebula, World Fantasy, James Tiptree Jr., Shirley Jackson, and Mythopoeic Awards.

Hand’s work encompasses all modes of the fantastic and, more recently, has branched into crime fiction. Her 1997 novel “Glimmering” forecasts issues of climate change that occupy today’s headlines. Legendary musician Richard Thompson of Fairport Convention praised her award-winning 2016 novella “Wylding Hall” for its magical portrayal of the British folk-rock scene of the early 1970s.

The New York Times called Hand “a superior stylist;” Booklist praised her explorations of “the translucent borderland between magic and reality;” and Publishers Weekly declared: “Hand does for upstate New York what Stephen King has done for rural Maine.”

Her most recent books are “Hard Light” (St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2016), the third book in her series of crime novels featuring photographer Cass Neary, and “Fire. Plus…” (PM Press, 2017), a collection of stories and essays. She is a longtime reviewer and critic for the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times and teaches in the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast MFA Program. She lives on the Maine coast.

Hand is brought here by the Norwich University Writer’s Series and will give a presentation about her works and achievements. She will then open the floor to questions from the audience.

Norwich Writer’s Series is produced by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English and Communications. All Writer’s Series events are free and open to the public.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Professor Researching Evolution of American Education System Earns Several Prizes

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 5, 2018

Norwich University Assistant Professor of History and Political Science Mark Boonshoft has been awarded three prizes for his research on the evolution of the American education system.

Boonshoft earned the Board of Fellows Faculty Development Prize for the 2018-2019 academic year for his project, ““The Rise and Fall of ‘Monarchical’ Education and the Making of the American Republic.”

The $8,000 award will support Boonshoft’s work to finish the writing and revision of a book manuscript that analyzes a transformation in American education during the 1810s-1820s, traces the emergence of republican self-government in America, and, in turn, explains why future generations of Americans would demand access to schooling in order to lay claim to the rights of citizens.

Boonshoft was also named a 2018-19 fellow for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. The $10,000 award will fund three months of residency at Mount Vernon, during which time Boonshoft will research partisan debates over education in the first decades after American independence.

In addition, Boonshoft recently was awarded a $1,500 grant from the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati to research the archives of the Society of the Cincinnati, which was founded in 1783 by former officers from the Continental Army. He aims to uncover why, in the years after independence, the organization invested in schools, especially elite secondary schools called academies, research critical to his book project.

Boonshoft explains: “Neither the American Revolution nor the Constitution resolved the two central dilemmas of transitioning from monarchical to republican governance: how to transform subjects into citizens who can rule themselves, and how to determine who should wield power in a society premised on equality. This project argues that founding-era Americans solved these dilemmas through education.”

In researching the history of the American system of education, Norwich University founder Captain Alden Partridge features prominently. Boonshoft writes: “Alden Partridge revolutionized military and civic education in this period when he founded the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy, which later became Norwich University. In the brief justifying his new ‘system’ of education, Partridge decried the ‘anti-republican and monastic’ sort of schooling that dominated the United States.”

Boonshoft’s expertise focuses on the American Revolution and the American founding as well as the history of American education. He served as a post-doctoral fellow at the New York Public Library as the historian on the Early American Manuscripts Project.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Peace and War Center Presents NATO Expert

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 2, 2018

Norwich University’s Peace and War Center presents “Allies and Adversaries: NATO’s Evolving Role,” a talk by International Relations Professor and former NATO Advisor Alexis Vahlas, Ph.D. on Monday, March 19 at 1 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library Todd Multipurpose Room.

This event is free and open to the public.

Vahlas has a Master of Law from the University of Montreal and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Paris II. He is currently a professor at the University of Strasbourg and has expertise in legal and political matters of international affairs, specifically multilateralism, dismemberment of states, crisis management, and terrorism. Vahlas is widely published on these issues and the way international organizations like NATO, the European Union, and United Nations address them. He teaches courses at the graduate level to prepare students to serve as diplomatic advisors. To best prepare students for this role he draws on his extensive practical experience. Vahlas has held several roles with NATO including Political Advisor for the NATO Stabilisation Force in Bosnia-and-Herzegovina; NATO observer to the Western European Union Parliamentary Assembly; Chief Political Advisor to the Commander of NATO Headquarters (JFC) in Naples; and Chief Political Advisor for the NATO certification process of the Rapid Reaction Corps-Lille.

Established in 2015, Norwich University’s Peace and War Center advances scholarship and deliberation on warfare and its mitigation, processes, and conditions of peace. The Center’s work emphasizes research and discussion on the precipitating factors and preconditions of war and peace. In order to understand the cycles of war and peace, it is critical to examine the role of culture and language, analyze the ideological roots of turmoil, and stability, and the evolving role of technology. The Center is designed to be a multi and interdisciplinary mix of international scholars and practitioners.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community Affairs
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University Peace and War Center Presents NATO and Defense Expert

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Feb. 28, 2018

Norwich University’s Peace and War Center presents “The U.S., NATO and the transatlantic defense,” a talk by adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Jim Townsend on Tuesday, March 6, at 12:15 p.m. in Room U125-Partridge Hall.

This event is free and open to the public.

At CNAS Townsend is building a Transatlantic Security Program with former Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States and CNAS Senior Fellow and Director of the Transatlantic Security Program Julianne Smith. Their program has become the crossing point for Europeans and Americans who want to know more about the Transatlantic community—how it works, the institutions that underpin it, and how to do business in the community.

Before going to CNAS, Townsend spent eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European and NATO Policy. That assignment completed more than 34 years of work primarily on European and NATO policy in the Pentagon, at NATO and at the Atlantic Council. His work spanned the Cold War, post-Cold War political reconstruction in Europe and Europe’s new challenges including Russia and terrorism.

Townsend earned a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in International Economics and American Foreign Policy.

Established in 2015, Norwich University’s Peace and War Center advances scholarship and deliberation on warfare and its mitigation, processes, and conditions of peace. The Center’s work emphasizes research and discussion on the precipitating factors and preconditions of war and peace. In order to understand the cycles of war and peace, it is critical to examine the role of culture and language, analyze the ideological roots of turmoil, and stability, and the evolving role of technology. The Center is designed to be a multi and interdisciplinary mix of international scholars and practitioners.

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