Norwich in the News: VT Digger Podcasts Spotlight Colby Symposium Speakers

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April 14, 2016

In a series of six podcasts, veteran Vermont radio host and journalist Mark Johnson interviews keynote speakers and panelists from the 2016 Colby Military Writers’ Symposium.

The 21st annual gathering at Norwich University celebrates the best in military writing, authors, and ideas.

Appearing in Vermont Digger, Johnson’s April 10 article and audio podcasts spotlight six distinguished guests at the event. They include speakers at the April 6-7 symposium keynote panel session, “Going to War: The Cost to Families, Community and Nation,” and the winner of the 2016 Colby Book Award.

Featured are

  • Yale graduate, Rhodes Scholar, Vietnam veteran, and author Karl Marlantes.
  • Former Navy SEAL, wounded warrior, and author Jason Redman.
  • Vietnam veteran and retired Vermont National Guard colonel and psychologist Jon Coffin.
  • Documentary filmmaker and author Benjamin Patton, the grandson of iconic WWII general George S. Patton.
  • Journalist Kirsten Holmstedt, the author of two books on the experiences of female soldiers during and after deployment in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Nisid Hajari, the winner of the 2016 Colby Book Award for outstanding achievement by a first-time author of a book-length work of military fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. A former editor at Newsweek, Hajari is currently a Singapore-based editorial page editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, where he overseas Asia coverage. His Colby-winning book, “Midnight’s Furies,” examines the cause and lingering effects of the partition of India following the end of British colonial rule in 1947.

To read more and listen to the podcasts, go to “Colby Symposium: Norwich Cadets Hear the Consequences of War” at Vermont Digger.