Norwich to Hold 20th Annual Colby Military Writers’ Symposium

Public panel to address the topic: “Cyber Warfare and Privacy: How Do We Keep the Balance Between the Rights of Citizens and the Security of the Nation?”
Norwich University Office of Communications

April 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host the 2015 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, April 8-9, with renowned authors and experts in the field of cybersecurity.

Marking its 20th anniversary this year, the symposium celebrates the best in military writing, books and ideas. Most panel presentations and events are free and open to the public.

Since its founding, the Colby symposium has brought together some of the nation’s leading military writers, historians and thinkers. Participants gather for a two-day residency on the campus of the country’s oldest private military college to share their work and discuss current affairs and military issues.

The William E. Colby Award winning book is also formally recognized during the symposium. The accolade, which includes a $5,000 cash prize, honors the best work of military nonfiction or fiction of the year by a first-time author.

This year’s winner is historian and U.S. Army War College professor Colonel Douglas V. Mastriano, PhD, for his book “Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne.”

Focus on Cybersecurity

The theme of this year’s Colby symposium is “Cyber Warfare and Privacy: How Do We Keep the Balance Between the Rights of Citizens and the Security of the Nation?” The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, April 9, from 1-3 p.m. in Plumley Armory. Panelists include:

  • Cheri Caddy, Director for Cybersecurity Policy Integration and Outreach, National Security Council, the White House. Caddy reports to the special advisor to the president for cybersecurity and shapes national policies related to improving cyber protections for federal agencies, state governments, the private sector and foreign partners. Caddy is a 1990 Norwich alumna.
  • Lewis “Bob” Sorley, PhD, a third-generation graduate of the United States Military Academy who has served on the faculties at West Point and the Army War College. He is the former CIA chief of policy and plans division and the author of several books including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America’s Last Years in Vietnam.”
  • Peter Stephenson, PhD, Director, Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics and Director, Global Cyber Threat Observatory.

The theme is a fitting one as Norwich University undergraduate and online graduate programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education. Norwich cyber programs are also certified by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE). The university has been a member of the National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service program since 2002.

Colby History

Founded in 1996 by Carlo D´Este and W.E.B. Griffin, the Colby Symposium has brought more than 100 authors, historians, and filmmakers to Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. The symposium is the only program of its kind at an American university.

“The William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium aims to expose Norwich students, faculty, alumni and the public to the works and views of authors, historians and national figures to educate, enlighten, and inspire,” D’Este says. “Participants come to Norwich hoping to make a difference in the lives of our students through their interaction in a variety of lectures, social functions and lively in-class sessions. They also come to further the debate on current issues,” he adds.

The Colby Military Writers’ Symposium is frequently covered by C-Span Book TV. Last year, C-Span broadcast interviews with Colby panelists by journalist Mark Johnson of WDEV radio. Watch the video here.

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