Norwich Professor Wins Colby Award for Best Military Book

Norwich University has awarded its annual book prize to Steven E. Sodergren for his history of Union soldiers and trench warfare.

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

April 12, 2018

Steven E. Sodergren has 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 in Northfield, Vt., 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, the first Norwich University author to receive the award, is associate professor of history at Norwich University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas; serves as program coordinator of the Studies in War and Peace degree program at Norwich; and serves on the Advisory Board for Norwich’s Peace and War Center at (PaWC).

“I am so pleased that my work has been recognized in a such a manner, and I extend my thanks to the Pritzker Military Foundation and the Colby Award Selection Committee for this great honor,” Sodergren said. “I also wish to extend my thanks to the faculty, staff, and students of Norwich University for their support as I pursued the research for this project.”

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 “The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns,” Sodergren examines 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.

“Steven E. Sodergren’s elegantly written, superbly researched and often gut-wrenching account of what the Union soldiers of the Army of the Potomac endured in 1864-1865 in Virginia has earned the author a place among the finest writers of the Civil War,” Carlo D’Este, Colby Symposium co-founder said. “This book is history at its very best. We congratulate Prof. Sodergren as the recipient of the 2018 Colby Award.”

Winners of the Colby Award receive a $5,000 author honorarium provided through the generosity of the Chicago-based Pritzker Military Foundation. The award and honorarium will be presented to Sodergren at Norwich University during a special fall presentation of the Colby Award, October 3-4, 2018. The award was announced at the 2018 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium on April 12, 2018. Visit Colby.norwich.edu for information.

Finalists for the 2018 Colby Award included: “Crossings: A Doctor-Soldier’s Story” by Jon Kerstetter (Crown/Penguin Random House, 2017); “Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield” by Robert H. Latiff (Knopf/Penguin Random House, 2017); “Spoils: A Novel” by Brian Van Reet (Lee Boudreaux Books/ Little Brown, 2017); “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961” by Nicholas Reynolds (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2017).

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.

Previous recipients of the Colby Award include Nisid Hajari, Thomas McKenna, James Bradley, Nathaniel Fick, Jack Jacobs, Dexter Filkins, Marcus Luttrell, John Glusman, Karl Marlantes, and Logan Beirne.

Colby Award Selection Committee:

  • William E. Butterworth, III is the author of more than 150 books, most notably the W. E. B. Griffin novels, and more than 50 New York Times bestsellers. He is the co-founder of the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium.
  • Karl Marlantes is the author of “Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War,” a New York Times Top 10 Bestseller, and “What It Is Like To Go To War.” He is a 2011 Colby Award recipient.
  • Jerry Morelock is a prize-winning military historian whose numerous publications include his latest book, “Generals of the Bulge: Leadership in the U.S. Army’s Greatest Battle.”
  • John A. Glusman is vice president and editor-in-chief of W. W. Norton and Company, the largest independent, employee-owned publisher in the U.S. He is the 2007 Colby Award recipient for “Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and Their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945.”
  • Frederick J. Chiaventone, a retired cavalry officer, is a novelist, screenwriter, and military historian. His novel “A Road We Do Not Know: A Novel of Custer at the Little Bighorn” won the 1999 inaugural Colby Award. His work has also won the Western Heritage and William Rockhill Nelson Awards and has been nominated for a Pulitzer.
  • Carlo D’Este is a renowned military historian and biographer, and the 2011 recipient of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. He is the co-founder of the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium.

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 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, (802) 485-2886, dlarkin@norwich.edu

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Norwich University School of Architecture + Art Presents National Symposium “Building Social Justice: Art as Activism”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 30, 2018

Norwich University School of Architecture + Art will host a symposium, “Building Social Justice: Art as Activism,” a roundtable discussion preceded by brief individual presentations exploring the ways the arts and humanities contribute to building a more humane, just, and integrated world on Friday, April 6 at 3 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Free and open to the public, the Symposium is the final installment of The School of Architecture + Art’s 2017-18 Lecture Series. A reception will follow in the Atrium of Chaplin Hall.

Four dynamic leaders in the field make up the panel:

  • From Washington University, Assistant Professor Jesse Vogler is an artist and designer whose work sits at the intersection of landscape, politics, and performance. His work addresses the entanglements between landscape and law, taking on themes of work, property, expertise, and perfectibility. Vogler is a MacDowell Fellow, Co-Director of the Institute of Marking and Measuring, and teaches across the fields of landscape, architecture, art and urbanism. Vogler’s work has been supported by Graham Foundation grants as well as the Mellon Foundation’s Divided City initiative, and has been exhibited and published broadly.
  • Helen Slade is a founding member of Territory, an award-winning design studio program in Chicago. Territory focuses on giving youth a voice through design work in the community. Through their programs for Chicago’s youth, students become involved with community planning, urban design and public-art projects, helping students become engaged with different groups of people and develop as leaders. Slade is also a licensed architect, public art organizer, educator and curator.
  • Anna Goodman, Assistant Professor of Practice at Portland State University in Oregon, received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 and is a Fellow at the Center for Public Interest Design. According to Goodman, her work “focuses on the politics of architectural practice and the role of making and craft in defining the boundaries of professional identity.” Goodman’s writing on design-build practice has been widely cited and she has won multiple awards for her research, including the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and the Carter Manny Award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
  • Eric Morrow joins us locally from Burlington, Vt. Morrow was the AIA 2017 Vermont president and is the Burlington 2030 district chair. Morrow is currently an architect with Centerline Architects Inc, and received his BArch from Pennsylvania State University. Morrow is a teacher at the acclaimed design-build school, Yestermorrow, and has a passion for “carefully crafted projects that are sophisticated in design and in harmony with their surroundings.”

The panel will be moderated by Assistant Professors of Architecture Tolya Stonorov and Timothy Parker and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Brian Glenney.

The School of Architecture + Art Lecture Series is supported by a generous grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. For more than 10 years, the Byrne Foundation has partnered with Norwich to bring eminent national and international architects, designers, artists, and writers to campus. Events are free and open to the public.

The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education, volunteerism, and other charitable endeavors.

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England.

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 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 University School of Architecture + Art Presents Writer, Critical Theorist, and Scholar of Religion Sarah Sentilles

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 8, 2018

Norwich University School of Architecture + Art Welcomes Sarah Sentilles, author of “Draw Your Weapons,” to speak about art, war, peace, and the possibility of justice on Friday, March 23, at 4 p.m. in Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Books will be available for sale and a book signing will follow the presentation.

Sentilles is an acclaimed writer, critical theorist, and scholar of religion. The author of four books, she has engaged complex social issues ranging from women as ministers in the church, to ending one’s relationship with God, to education in poverty-stricken areas of the U.S. She earned her Bachelor’s at Yale and has a Master’s of Divinity and a Doctorate in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. She has taught at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University, California State University Channel Islands, and Willamette University.

In her newest publication, “Draw Your Weapons,” Sentilles asks important and difficult questions that are formed around the core of the book: the idea that art may offer tools for remaking the world. “Draw Your Weapons” has received praise from many quarters including Oprah magazine and the National Book Review. For more information, see http://www.sarahsentilles.com.

The Norwich University School of Architecture + Art Lecture Series is supported by a generous grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. For more than 10 years, the Byrne Foundation has partnered with Norwich to bring eminent national and international architects, designers, artists, and writers to campus. Events are free and open to the public.

The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education, volunteerism, and other charitable endeavors.

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England.

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 to hold 23rd Annual Military Writers’ Symposium

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 8, 2018

Norwich University will hold the 23rd Annual William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium April 11-12, 2018, on the theme of “Won the War, Lost the Peace: The U.S. Legacy in Iraq.”

The Colby is a two-day event hosted at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. The only program of its kind at an American university, this unique and powerful program invites distinguished authors and experts in the fields of military history, intelligence, or current affairs to campus for social events, book signings, presentations, classroom sessions, and a moderated panel discussion on the theme for the year.

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public and will be video streamed live from Colby.norwich.edu, is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Plumley Armory.

Guest panelists include:

Saifaldin D. Abdul-Rahman

Saifaldin Abdul-Rahman is Vice President of IWG, a U.S. firm providing consulting, logistics and construction work in Iraq. He heads the consulting and business development portfolio within IWG, where he guides U.S. and international fortune 500 companies through contract awards and negotiations with the Government of Iraq. Abdul-Rahman held senior posts in the Government of Iraq, including the posts of Advisor to the Vice President of Iraq (2009), Chief of Staff to the Speaker of Parliament (2005) and Chief of Staff to the Minister of Industry & Minerals (2004).

Andrew Bacevich

Andrew J. Bacevich grew up in Indiana, graduated from West Point and Princeton, served in the army, became an academic, and is now a writer. He is the author, co-author, or editor of a dozen books, among them “American Empire”, “The New American Militarism,” “The Limits of Power,” “Washington Rules,” “Breach of Trust,” and, most recently, “America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History.”

R. Alan King

R. Alan King is a retired U.S. Army colonel and former senior civil-military adviser of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. He was the top civil-military adviser in Baghdad when the Iraqi regime fell in 2003. He is credited with leading the coalition’s tribal affairs and Sunni outreach programs and served as a senior member of the April 2004 ceasefire talks in Fallujah. King is the author of “Twice Armed: An American Soldier’s Battle for Hearts and Minds,” winner of the 2008 Colby Award.

Emma Sky

Emma Sky is Director of Yale World Fellows and a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics. She is the author of “The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq,” which was one of the New York Times 100 notable books of 2015, and shortlisted for the 2016 Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize, the 2016 Orwell Prize and the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction. She is widely published in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, the Atlantic, Survival, US Institute of Peace, Army Magazine.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Sarwar Kashmeri, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Applied Research Fellow, Peace & War Center, Norwich University; and a Fellow with the Foreign Policy Association.

Other special features of this year’s Colby include:

  • Lunch and Learn on “IEDs as Force Multipliers in Iraq,” hosted by the Sullivan Museum and History Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and Norwich’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Event features retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Peter “Duke” DeLuca, former Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School and David Ulbrich, program director and associate professor in the Master of Arts in History and Military History programs.
  • Presentations by visiting authors and speakers in the Todd Multipurpose Room of the Kreitzberg Library. Full schedule on norwich.edu.
  • Announcing the winner of the Annual Colby Award for a first-time author on the topic of military history, current affairs, or intelligence will be announced.
  • A book signing featuring Emma Sky, Andrew Bacevich, R. Alan King, Carlo D’Este, Sarwar Kashmeri, and David Ulbrich on Thursday afternoon from 3-4:30 p.m.

Please visit Colby.Norwich.edu to read the full bios of authors and presenters.

Founded in 1996 by Carlo D´Este ’58 and W.E.B. Griffin, the Colby Symposium has brought more than 100 authors, journalists, and filmmakers to central Vermont.   The Colby Symposium is a Norwich University Peace and War Center signature event, and is generously supported by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, Ill. with funding through the Pritzker Military Foundation. View multimedia coverage of the 2017 event and interviews with visiting authors.

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 University Recruiting Businesses for Free Leadership Summit

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 7, 2018

Norwich University’s Leadership & Change Institute, a center of excellence, invites organizations to participate in its sixth Annual Leadership Summit in which graduate students work with businesses on issues of organizational leadership.

Completely confidential, students are organized into cross-disciplinary groups and paired with partner business representatives to tackle the organizational leadership challenges brought to the group in a think tank problem-solving event.

One past participant noted: “It brought together a diverse group of people completely unfamiliar with our organization yet they were able to bring us ‘outside the box’ for a fresh perspective and new ideas.”

Who: The Norwich University Leadership & Change Institute

What: 2018 Annual Leadership Summit – Free for organization participants

When: June 20 (1 -5 p.m.) OR June 21 (8 a.m. -12 p.m.)

Where: Norwich University, Northfield, Vt.

Why: Benefits of participating include: A group of professionals working with your organization to address your toughest leadership challenges with a values-based approach, a post-summit comprehensive report, and employee tuition incentives towards Norwich online master’s programs.

How: Contact us at nulci@norwich.edu or sign up directly at https://orgsync.com/127331/forms/259801.

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.    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s nearly 200-year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; graduate certificates; and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.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 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.

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:
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Norwich University Presents Prominent Oromo Novelist, Scholar and Filmmaker Teferi Niggusie Tafa

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Feb. 20, 2018

Norwich University’s Peace and War Center presents “The Traditional Citizen Soldier: The Oromo Gadaa System in Ethiopia,” a presentation by prominent Oromo novelist, scholar and filmmaker Teferi Niggusie Tafa on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 4-5 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library South Instruction Room.

This event is free and open to the public.

Tafa is a visiting scholar at Norwich University. In addition to publishing the first (and so far only) scholarly analysis of Oromo-language novels, he has also published several of his own novels in the Oromo language, including the award-winning “Jaalala Dhuga,” by Macmillan Publishers in London and “Qondalticha,” a satirical film. His research interests ranges from nationalism, literature, and film studies.

Established in 2016, 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