Peacebuilder and Humanitarian Nancy Lindborg to give Norwich Todd Lecture


May 24, 2016

Norwich University continues its 2016 Todd Lecture Series with “Building Peace in a Fragile World,” a presentation by President of the United States Institute of Peace Nancy Lindborg, on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in Plumley Armory.

This lecture is free and open to the public and will be streamed live at

Lindborg has served since February 2015 as President of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent institution founded by Congress to provide practical solutions for preventing and resolving violent conflict around the world.

Lindborg has spent most of her career working in fragile and conflict-affected regions around the world. She currently co-chairs Senior Study Group on Fragility, an initiative convened by USIP with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Center for a New American Security. The group is preparing recommendations to the next U.S. presidential administration and Congress on strategic approaches to preventing and addressing the security, humanitarian and development threats posed by fragile states.

Prior to joining USIP, she served as the assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) at US Agency for International Development (USAID). From 2010 to 2015, Lindborg led USAID teams focused on building resilience and democracy, managing and mitigating conflict and providing urgent humanitarian assistance. She led DCHA teams in response to the ongoing Syria crisis, the droughts in Sahel and Horn of Africa, the Arab Spring, the Ebola response and numerous other global crises.

Lindborg previously served as president of Mercy Corps, where she spent 14 years helping to grow the organization into a globally respected organization known for innovative programs in the most challenging environments. She started her international career working overseas in Kazakhstan and Nepal.

Lindborg has held a number of leadership and board positions including serving as co-president of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; co-founder and board member of the National Committee on North Korea; and chair of the Sphere Management Committee. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Lindborg holds a B.A and M.A. in English Literature from Stanford University and an M.A. in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Lindborg’s lecture serves as the keynote presentation for this year’s annual residency conference of nearly 600 students representing 9 online graduate programs and 2 bachelor’s degree completion programs at Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Gathering from across the country and the globe under the theme of “Empowering Minds, Transforming Leaders” these Norwich students will gather for a week of capstone and culminating academic work and conferences.

Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of retired U.S. Army Major General Russell Todd and his late wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the university. General Todd, a 1950 graduate of the university, also serves as president emeritus. With this series, Norwich brings national thought leaders from business, politics, the arts, science, the military and other fields and endeavors to its Northfield campus. Lectures are streamed live at

For more information please visit the Todd Lecture Series website ( or call (802) 485-2633.

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