Ideas @ Work: #8 CityLAB: Berlin


33 ideas big and small from Norwich students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are transforming campus and the world.
The Norwich Record

Spring 2016

NU’s CityLAB: Berlin microcampus provides students from Norwich and other universities a life-changing opportunity to explore and experience the German capital—one of the Europe’s most dynamic cities with a population of 3.5 million. World-class faculty offer courses in Architecture + Art, History, Political Science, and Studies in War and Peace that challenge and inspire.

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Smithsonian Under Secretary and Author Richard Kurin to Speak at Norwich University

Norwich University Office of Communications

September 15, 2015

Norwich University will host distinguished cultural anthropologist and author Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture for a presentation and book signing on Friday, October 2, at 1:00 p.m. in Dole Auditorium.

The presentation will be live-streamed here.

Kurin will talk about American history as seen through some of the nation’s most iconic objects, as presented in his most recent book, “The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects.” The book offers a lively tour of American history as told through 101 key objects drawn from various Smithsonian Institution museum collections. Artifacts include President Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland’s character Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” and the iconic kitchen of renowned chef and TV personality Julia Child.

Free and open to the public, the event is co-hosted by Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center and the Friends of the Krietzberg Library. The museum became a Smithsonian Affiliate last year, making it the first and only such institution in Vermont.

Aided by top Smithsonian curators and scholars, Kurin’s book illuminates the often-surprising backstories and cultural import of objects ranging from pre-Colombian times to the American Revolution, Vietnam and the digital age.

At the Smithsonian, Kurin is responsible for most of the Institution’s museums, several research and outreach programs, and numerous other programs. He has served on the U.S. Commission for UNESCO, been honored for his contributions to American folklore, and this year was elected as a fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Norwich is proud that Kurin’s talk will serve as the kick off to the 20th Anniversary of the Smithsonian Affiliations program.  The Sullivan Museum and History Center was named Vermont’s first Smithsonian Affiliate in April 2014. The Affiliations program is designed to facilitate a two-way relationship among Affiliates and the Smithsonian to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning in communities across America. More than 8,000 Smithsonian artifacts have been displayed at Affiliate locations. These loans reflect the entire Smithsonian collection and allow people across the country to experience the Smithsonian in their neighborhood.

The partnership enables Sullivan Museum staff to draw upon national collections at 19 Smithsonian museums that are pertinent to the history of Norwich University, Vermont and the story of the university’s contributions to American history and the nation’s development. In addition, the Sullivan Museum and History Center is able to share its collections with over 200 Smithsonian Affiliates across the nation.

Many Smithsonian Affiliates offer reciprocal museum membership and host exhibitions from other members. Educational opportunities include specialty subject speakers, visiting scholars and unique programming from the Smithsonian Institution at the Sullivan Museum and History Center.

The Sullivan Museum and History Center is located on the Northfield campus of Norwich University. It is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the academic year. Admission is free. For more information call 802.485.2183 or visit the museum’s website or Facebook page.

About Norwich

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).

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here:    

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New Civil War Exhibits Open at Sullivan Museum

Fall of Richmond Illustration by Currier and Ives
Norwich University museum celebrates opening of fifth and final exhibition in Civil War series and related show by artist Kara Walker
January 15, 2015


NORTHFIELD, Vt.–Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center invites the public to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, “1865, Out of the Ashes: Assassination, Reconstruction, and Healing the Nation,” with a reception on Friday, January 23 from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibit, which focuses on the aftermath of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the rehabilitation and restoration of the South, and efforts to unify the country, is the fifth and final exhibition in the museum’s series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

A centerpiece of the new exhibition is a unique and rare firearm recently acquired by the Sullivan Museum and History Center: a Spencer repeating rifle. Possibly tested by President Lincoln himself, the weapon had remained in private hands for several generations and will now be on public view for the first time since the Civil War. The rifle was itself an important part of Civil War history. Adopted by Union troops, it allowed for more accurate and rapid firing. The Spencer rifle now on view was an early issue, originally given to Lincoln by the manufacturer and later gifted by Lincoln to Gideon Welles, NU’1826, in recognition of his Civil War service as Secretary of the Navy.

In addition to the rifle, historical objects from Ford’s Theater, a brass cannon used during the Civil War and period currency loaned by the Hon. John W. Walter will be included in the exhibition.

Kara Walker Prints

The museum is also pleased to concurrently present a separate complementary exhibition of pictorial works by contemporary African American artist Kara Walker, made possible through the generous support of Tawani Foundation Endowment Funds.

“Kara Walker: Juxtaposition, Contemporary Specters, and Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War,” features contemporary works on loan from Mount Holyoke College.  The artist combined her signature overlays of black silhouettes with historic lithography to produce poignant and sharp commentary on stereotypes found in the nation’s history of slavery, Jim Crow and segregation that still infiltrate present stereotypes.

Both exhibits will remain on display until July 31, 2015. Visitors exploring the museum will find a blackboard to engage in ongoing discussion about the legacies of the Civil War and Reconstruction that still affect society today.

Plan Your Visit

The Sullivan Museum and History Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the only such museum in the state of Vermont. (See related article.) The museum is located on the Northfield campus of Norwich University. It is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the academic year. There is no charge for admission to the museum. For more information call 802.485.2183 or visit the museum’s website ( or Facebook page (

Norwich Writers Series Hosts “Kill Shakespeare” Graphic Artist Andy Belanger

By Daphne Larkin | For Immediate Release

NORTHFIELD, Vt.Norwich University’s Fall 2014 Writers Series continues with graphic artist Andy Belanger, collaborator on “Kill Shakespeare,” a 12-issue comic book series starring characters from William Shakespeare, on Friday, November 7, at 4 p.m. in Chaplin Hall gallery.

Belanger will discuss creating art and his life as a comic artist. The Montreal-based freelance cartoonist and illustrator has worked for D.C. Comics and other mainstream comic publishers, as well as the Canadian television and film industry.

Collaborating with co-creators Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery and others, their “Kill Shakespeare” series garnered rave reviews from the New York Times and mentions on the Colbert Report. In it, Shakespeare’s characters are brought to life in a plot in which they either long to kill the Bard or to protect him.

Belanger’s presentation will be followed by a theatrical performance based on the comic series by Norwich’s Pegasus Players in Dole Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.

The upcoming events continue the university’s Writers Series, now in its third year, which is presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of English and Communications.

All events in this series are free and open to the public.