Norwich University to Hold STEAM Symposium, Todd Lecture with Former White House Chef

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

October 22, 2018

Norwich University will hold a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) symposium to include a Todd Lecture presentation by Former Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition and Executive Director, Let’s Move! Sam Kass on Monday, Oct. 29, among other presenters throughout the day.

Free and open to the public, “Health and Humans – Shaping the Environment, Treating Disease and Changing Culture through Science, Technology and Communications,” is a day-long symposium that includes three lectures to be held in Mack Hall Auditorium:

2 p.m.             Stephanie Taylor, M.D., M.Arch, RSPH (UK), MCABE, Taylor Healthcare Commissioning, Inc. presents: “The Building Will See You Now: the Healing Power of Indoor Environments”

3 p.m.             William Thoet, Former Chairman, National ALS Association and supporter of the Ice Bucket Challenge presents: “Treating Brain Disease Using Technology”

7 p.m.             Todd Lecture Series presents Sam Kass, Former Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition and Executive Director of Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s childhood nutrition program, Let’s Move!; Founder, Trove; Partner, Acre Venture Partners; Author

“Eat A Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World”

This STEAM symposium is the third academic symposia of the bicentennial countdown. Hosted by the College of Science and Mathematics, STEAM aims to integrate art and humanities into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, ie. adding the ‘A’ to STEM. As Norwich University embarks on a third century of educating tomorrow’s leaders, the principles of experiential and interdisciplinary teaching and learning are vital to the success of graduates in a global society. STEAM inherently shares these principles and calls us to action to promote discovery and entrepreneurship through the STEAM disciplines. The integration of interdisciplinary disciplines is part of a key academic plan moving forward, and it is a hope that this symposium will spark a lasting conversation.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is available in Lot F on Central Street off Rte. 12. Accessible parking is available in front of Mack Hall off I.D. White Avenue. For more information and to livestream all the lectures, please go to: www.tls.norwich.edu. 

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 Presents Author Stephen Wasby on “Trump and the Law”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

October 16, 2018

Norwich University’s College of Liberal Arts presents “Trump and the Law,” a lecture and discussion on President Donald J. Trump’s approach to the law and the judiciary by Stephen Wasby, PhD, on Monday, Oct. 22, from 1 – 2 p.m. with a discussion to follow.

Free and open to the public, this event is sponsored by the Eber Spencer Fund of the College of Liberal Arts and is Norwich University’s Constitution Day lecturer.

Wasby is the author of “The Supreme Court in the Federal Judicial System,” “Race Relations: Litigation in an Age of Complexity,” and “Borrowed Judges: Visitors in the U.S. Courts of Appeals.” He has also served as director of the Law and Social Science Program at the National Science Foundation and editor-in-chief of Justice System Journal.

Questions for Wasby’s interview in a post-lecture podcast may be submitted in advance to Norwich Assistant Professor of Political Science Michael Thunberg at mthunber@norwich.edu.

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 Alumnus to Give Talk: “Design and Profit: Architectural Practice in the Age of Accumulation”

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

October 8, 2018

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is pleased to welcome back Aaron Cayer (M.Arch., 2012) for a talk on his path after Norwich and on the interdisciplinary research for his recently completed doctorate in architecture history and theory (UCLA, 2018). Free and open to the public, this event is on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. in Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Cayer’s talk will focus on the history of AECOM (presently the largest firm in the world), including their close involvement with the U.S. military and the designing of the first intercontinental ballistic missile system in the U.S. His work illustrates the ways in which architects work in a broad range of areas, from Hollywood production design to military infrastructure to the designing of the architecture firm itself.

An ethnographer and historian, Cayer is Assistant Professor of Architecture History at the University of New Mexico. Previously, he taught at Cal Poly, Pomona, and from 2012–2017 he was a Senior Research Associate at cityLAB, an urban research center within UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design. In 2016, Cayer co-founded the Los Angeles chapter of The Architecture Lobby, an advocacy organization concentrating on the political and social value of architectural workers. His current research focuses on the histories and theories of postwar corporate architecture practices as they overlap with those of labor, capitalism, and urban political economies.

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 Museum Presents a Gallery Talk on Russell Porter and His Garden Telescope

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

October 5, 2018

Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “Russell W. Porter: A Legacy of Innovation,” a gallery talk about a Norwich alum known as the founder of amateur telescope-making. Matt Considine, member of The Springfield Telescope Makers, founded by Russell Porter (NU1891, H 1946), is the featured presenter on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m.

Porter (pictured) was an American artist, engineer, amateur astronomer and Arctic explorer. He studied engineering at Norwich University from 1889-1890 and graduated from the Vermont Academy in 1891. He attended the University of Vermont and later studied architecture and art at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His interruptions in educational study were due to his passion for arctic explorations.  Porter traveled on various artic explorations from 1892 to 1903.  He was a pioneer in the field of “cutaway illustration” and is sometimes referred to as the “founder” of amateur telescope making.

Porter’s arctic exploration and his work as an artist will be examined including how these two experiences influenced his work in Springfield. His work ultimately later contributed to the field of astronomy in California and with the Hale telescope.

Porter’s Garden Telescope, on view in the current exhibition is a skillful blending of art and science. The telescope has a six-inch f/4 Newtonian reflector cast in solid statuary bronze which also functions as a sundial in addition to an elegant example of garden furniture. The Garden Telescope in the gallery is a No. 2 model and is the earliest known to exist. Considine will discuss the Garden Telescope and its contribution to the creation of the 200-inch Hale Telescope in California.

The gallery talk is presented in conjunction with “Innovators of Norwich: Building a Nation,” the second exhibition in a two-part series that features many innovative contributions made to the world by Norwich alumni.

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 Host Former Ambassador Stephen M. Young in China Town Hall Event

~Join communities across the United States in a national conversation on China and the world in 2018. ~

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

October 4, 2018

Norwich University’s Peace and War Center will host Former U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Stephen M. Young in person and former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice via webcast in the 12th annual China Town Hall event on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 6-8 p.m. in the Mack Hall auditorium.

This event is free and open to the public.

To help Americans better understand the complex U.S.-China relationship and the growing role of Chinese investment, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations(NCUSCR) is conducting the 12th annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections at 100+ venues across the United States and Greater China. The event features Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security advisor, as the national webcast speaker. The webcast will take place from 6:00-6:45 p.m. EDT and will be followed by presentations from local speakers at each of the venues. At Norwich University, Ambassador Young will present from 6:50-7:30 p.m. followed by a Q&A.

China’s rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall is a national conversation about China that provides Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts.

LIVESTREAM: Tune in at www.ncuscr.org/CTH (6:00-6:45 p.m. EDT, October 9)

To attend this event, parking is available in Lot F on Central Street off Route 12. Accessible parking is available in front of Mack Hall off I.D. White Avenue.

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 Kicks Off Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Public Presentations

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

October 4, 2018

Norwich University officials kicked off Cybersecurity Awareness Month, with a presidential declaration proclaiming Norwich University’s participation in the national campaign and information on a public speaker series along with other activities.

Each Thursday, guest speakers will be on campus to give a presentation. These presentations are free and open to the public. All of the presentations will be in the Mack Hall auditorium every Thursday from 1 – 3:50 p.m. Please come for all or part of the presentation.

This year’s presenters include:

  • Oct. 4: Special Agents from the FBI will discuss a variety of cybersecurity topics.
  • Oct. 11: Heather Roszkowski, University of Vermont Network Chief Information Security Officer and Leslie Daigle, former Chief Internet Technology Officer at the Internet Society. Heather will be discussing privacy and security in healthcare and Leslie will discuss how the internet works at a high level and the challenges to ensuring a safe and secure Internet.
  • Oct. 18: Stacey Wright, Director of Cyber Intelligence for the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) will be discussing a variety of cybersecurity topics.
  • Oct. 25: George J. Silowash, Norwich University chief information security officer (CISO), will give a lecture on privacy and security in this age of social media and connected devices.

Several CISO Interns will also be giving a presentation at the Northfield Middle & High School Auditorium about “Keeping Children Safe in the Digital Era” on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. This event is also free and open to the public.

Finally, as part of cybersecurity awareness month, public service announcements are displayed across campus, and Norwich’s annual employee cybersecurity training campaign has begun.

“Cybercriminals do not let down their guard, and neither do we,” CISO Silowash said. “We are constantly experiencing attacks to gain access to our systems and data, and each one of us plays a critical role in protecting our systems.”

Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cyber security in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education. Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program. Norwich is partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs. Most recently Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top 10 best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by Universities.com.

Norwich is also home to GenCyber@NU, a National Security Agency and National Science Foundation-funded cybersecurity camp for high school students.

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 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

Norwich University Presents Architect Antje Steinmuller on Co-Living

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

September 27, 2018

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art presents “Living Together: Negotiating Domestic Boundaries,” a presentation by Antje Steinmuller, an architectural designer whose work incorporates the interactions of citizen-led and city-regulated processes in the creation of urban space. Free and open to the public, this talk is on Friday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. in Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Steinmuller is Chair and Associate Professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts (CCA), where as Associate Director of the Urban Works Agency, CCA’s urban research lab, she has led collaborations with the San Francisco Planning Department; Raumlabor, Berlin; Basurama, Madrid and European universities. Before moving to the U.S., she worked on a range of projects in offices across Germany, including the Berlin Parliamentary Offices with Braunfels Architekten. She earned her first architecture degree at Technische Universitaet Berlin and acquired an M.Arch. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a John K. Branner Fellow and received the Henry Adams Medal and the Howard Friedman Thesis Prize. She investigates new typologies of urban areas, new forms of collective living, and the integration of architecture in relation to the current housing crisis. Steinmuller is also Principal at Studio Urbis, an architecture, urban design and research practice in Berkeley, and co-founder of ideal x design, a design consultancy focused on the conditions and opportunities of public spaces in transition.

Steinmuller’s lecture will focus on aspects of co-living. An increased migration to cities in recent decades has compounded pressures on urban land, opening up the divide between those who can afford property and those who are living in precarious conditions to gain access to the economic opportunities the city historically offers. Rising land values have encouraged development models that commodify land in increasingly homogenous ways. The mass production of sameness of architecture has collided with urban populations that are increasingly heterogeneous. Against this backdrop, new typologies of commoning domestic space—communes, coliving, cooperatives, amongst others—have emerged to create domestic spaces that more precisely reflect contemporary values and a diversity of needs.

Steinmuller combines her research on co-living typologies with reflections on how architecture, and the architect, can become an agent in developing housing that reflects diverse contemporary lifestyles. Drawing on her experiences as a researcher and practitioner, her talk pairs lessons from her analytical and speculative work with the Urban Works Agency with examples of built projects from her practice with Studio Urbis.

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, 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.

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