A Wild Conversation: Self-Will, Ancestors, Norwich & Nature (Video)

Screen Grab: John Hausdoerffer talks with Sean Prentiss
Norwich University Office of Communications

November 29, 2017

Go deep with NU associate professor of English and award-winning author Sean Prentiss as he interviews John Hausdoerffer. A writer and professor of environmental sustainability and philosophy at Western State Colorado University, Hausdoerffer visited the Norwich campus earlier this month as part of the Norwich University Writers Series, an appearance co-sponsored by NU’s Center for Global Resilience and Security. Watch:

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Video: NU Writers Series Hosts Former Al Qaeda Hostage Theo Padnos

Photo: Author Theo Padnos speaks to class at Norwich University
Norwich University Office of Communications

September 27, 2017

In 2012, American journalist and author Theo Padnos was captured by Al Qaeda forces in Syria, where he was tortured and imprisoned for two years. Following his unlikely release, he recounted his experience for the New York Times Sunday Magazine and later in the 2016 documentary film, Theo Who Lived.

A fluent Arabic speaker, Padnos had previously reported on Jihadi and Islamist radicalization in Yemen in the book, Undercover Muslim. An insightful thinker and writer, Padnos was invited to kick-off the 2017-18 Norwich University Writers Series lecture series. He visited campus on September 26 to speak with students and give a public talk about his work.

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Top 10 Norwich University News Stories of 2016

Norwich CSIA majors, faculty and alumni stand in front of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on the eve of Super Bowl 50
Norwich University Office of Communications

December 14, 2016

It’s that time of year—a chance to highlight just some of the many accomplishments of Norwich University’s outstanding students, alumni, faculty, and staff during 2016. While they may make taking on difficult challenges and achieving distinction look effortless, it isn’t. A case in point: This list of stories below. In the end, we couldn’t winnow it to ten and were forced to sneak in four more.


1. Norwich Cyber Majors Help Safeguard Super Bowl 50

After a year of preparation, Norwich CSIA majors and faculty based in California and Northfield, Vt., worked with Santa Clara city, California state, and federal law enforcement officials to analyze and flag potential cybersecurity threats during the NFL championship matchup between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers.

2. Norwich University Celebrates 100 Years of ROTC
The birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Norwich University celebrated ROTC’s centennial anniversary with a leadership symposium in April that drew scores of military VIPs. Among them, 39th U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark A. Milley, who gave the keynote address.

3. Norwich Class of 2020 Largest in University History
This fall, Norwich welcomed close to 900 first-year students to campus, the largest incoming class in the university’s nearly 200-year history.

4. Forbes Awards Norwich an “A” for Financial Strength
In August, Forbes magazine published their analysis of the financial footing of roughly 900 private colleges and universities, ranking Norwich University in the top 20 percent.

5. Writing Prof. Sean Prentiss Wins National Outdoor Book Award
Winning the history/biography category, Finding Abbey chronicled Prentiss’s two-year search for the hidden desert grave of environmental writer Edward Abbey.

6. Student-Built Tiny House Showcases Innovation, Hands-On Service Learning
Norwich architecture, construction management, and engineering majors and faculty designed and built C.A.S.A. (Creating Affordable Sustainable Architecture), a 334-square-foot tiny house with a small price tag to address Vermont’s affordable-housing crisis. See related article and video.

7. Norwich’s Standout Athletic Teams and Coaches Fight to a Four-Way Tie

8. Nisid Hajari Wins NU’s 2016 William E. Colby Book Award
A journalist who oversees Asia coverage for the editorial page of Bloomberg News, the first-time author won for Midnight’s Furies, an account of the 1947 partition of India and its surrounding violence following the end of British colonial rule. Founded at Norwich University, the annual book award and symposium celebrates outstanding writers, authors, and ideas from the fields of military affairs, military history, intelligence, and international affairs.

9. NUARI Cyber Attack Simulation Software Nominated for “Innovation of the Year”
Developed by the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes, the DECIDE-FS cyber-gaming platform has been used by major U.S. financial industry firms, regulators and law enforcement agencies to test institutional preparedness and resiliency in the face of cyberattacks.

10. Norwich Wins $700K+ NSA Grant to Train Next-Generation Cyber Soldiers
Working in collaboration with the United States Army Reserve, the National Security Agency announced in December that it had awarded Norwich over $700,000 to support scholarships for soldiers.

Bonus: Washington Post Columnist Says NU’s “I Will Try” Is Best College Motto
Writing in her Answer Sheet blog for the Washington Post, education reporter Valerie Strauss opines on “The Small Vermont University With Arguably the Best School Motto.”

“Fire & Ice” Author Jonathan Mingle Visits Norwich Writers Series

Photo: Author Jonathan Mingle speaks at lecture in Kreitzberg Library on the Norwich campus

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Norwich University Office of Communications

November 1, 2016

On campus for a Norwich Writers Series reading last week, journalist and author Jonathan Mingle took time to discuss three central ideas from his recent book on black carbon, global warming, and its impact on a small Himalayan village. Norwich Associate Writing Professor and Writers Series Director Sean Prentiss makes a cameo. And Tara Kulkarni, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, discusses how Mingle’s book and reading helps her students as academics, researchers, and citizens by cutting across disciplines—using story to connect climate change, people, and policy.

Norwich Writers Series Continues With Environmental Author Jonathan Mingle

Photo of Jonathan Mingle taken outside against a forested backdrop
NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Oct. 10, 2016

Norwich University’s 2016-17 Writers Series continues with environmental author Jonathan Mingle on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room.

Free and open to the public, Mingle will read from his book and answer questions about environmental writing, climate issues, and black carbon.

Mingle graduated from the Energy and Resources Group at University of California, Berkeley; is a former Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism and a recipient of the American Alpine Club’s Zack Martin Breaking Barriers Award.

He is the author of Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity, and Survival on the Roof of the World, a nonfiction narrative about black carbon pollution, its health and climate impacts around the world, and solutions for cleaning it up. His writing on the environment, climate, and development has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Boston Globe, and many other places.

Free and open to the public, this event is hosted by The David Crawford School of Engineering, the department of Environmental Science, the Peace and War Center and the Writers Series. Norwich Writers Series is produced by the College of Liberal Arts Department of English and Communications.

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
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

9 Objects: The Office of NU Terrorism and Policing Scholar Travis Morris

Norwich University Office of Communications
September 13, 2016

It’s been a busy year for Norwich Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Travis Morris. Recently named the director of the university’s Peace and War Center, Morris organized a NATO-sponsored advanced training course on counter terrorism in Macedonia for South Eastern Europe this past spring. He’s also brought a Canadian Fulbright scholar to campus and co-led a summer trip to Israel and Palestine. The trip enabled students from Norwich and the Royal Military College of Canada to explore the roots of the Middle East conflict. All that while teaching and continuing his wide-ranging scholarship, which explores how ideas have shaped modern terrorism. His book, Dark Ideas: How Violent Jihadi and Neo-Nazi Ideologues Have Shaped Modern Terrorism is slated for publication later this year. Morris shares the backstory of nine objects from his office in Ainsworth Hall.

Great Moments in Aviation History Print
A gift from Morris’s father, a retired Air Force colonel, who taught at the Air Command Staff College at Maxwell AFB. “As a kid, I wanted to be a pilot and fly A-10s. But I didn’t have 20/20 vision, so I had to let that dream go.” Morris says the poster is a nod to his father and “reminds me a little bit of growing up surrounded by aviators.”

Kentucky Colonel Certificate
When Morris was a police officer in Kentucky, his in-laws nominated him as a colonel in Kentucky’s honorary state militia. He received the certificate among his wedding gifts.

Mountain Bike
As a PhD student and father in Nebraska, Morris cycled to work to squeeze in a workout. “The problem was the wind.” Today, Morris still bikes to the office, albeit less frequently. “I don’t have time just to go to the gym. So that’s where that fits in.” More often he drives, dropping his kids off at school along the way.

Florida Folksong Book
“My grandfather was a fourth-generation Floridian.” His brother, Alton C. Morris, PhD, was an ethnographer who recorded and preserved folk songs and taught English at the University of Florida. Morris’s grandfather constantly sang Florida folksongs to him as a child. The book speaks to the academic side of his family tree.

Miniature of Point Arena, Calif., Lighthouse
A gift from his father recalling Morris’s early childhood. The family lived on a remote USAF radar base in northern California that scanned the West Coast for the Soviet threat. “There were only several hundred people that lived on this remote mountain top. We had a doctor once a week.”

Scrimshaw Whale Tooth
Another memento from that time. Morris remembers it mostly as kid heaven. “It was like living in some outpost away from the rest of civilization—miles and miles and miles and miles of huge redwoods around us, and wild boars, and the long winding access road that made us car sick almost every time.”

Carnegie Foundation Mug
Part of the grant writing endeavors Morris has taken on as director of the Peace and War Center.

Haifa Photo
Morris spent two years living in Israel with his wife and young daughter while studying Hebrew and doing research for his master’s thesis on the Israel national police. “Believe it or not, that’s looking out our porch. If you turn your head slightly to the right you can see Lebanon.”

Family Photo Taken in Israel
“The girl in the middle is my little daughter, Eden. She was 6 months [old] when we lived there. She happens to be sitting on the Horns of Hattin, which is the site of a historic Crusader battle.” The 12th-century battle marked the turning point of the religious war. There’s no park, just a “small beat up metal sign at the end of a dirt path. You looked down from the battlefield to see the Sea of Galilee.”

Times Argus Editorial Takes Up Colby Symposium Keynote on War’s Cost

Norwich University Office of Communications

April 14, 2016

Norwich University’s 2016 Colby Military Writers’ Symposium garnered broad media coverage during its 21st annual event, a gathering that examines challenging issues while celebrating the best in military writing, authors, and ideas.

“The Story of Service,” an editorial in the central Vermont daily the Times Argus, took up the theme of the Colby’s keynote panel presentation “Going to War: The Cost to Families, Communities, and Nation.”

An excerpt:

[blockquote cite=”Times Argus” type=”left”]“After nearly 15 years of war, we have not taken stock of the way this generation of warriors has redefined our nation’s relationship with war. Thanking them for their service became the preferred way to welcome this current generation of veterans home. While it’s a nice thing to do, we as a country have never really shared the burden of their service, or yet really accepted our complicity in our military involvement around the world.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have wound down, yet our military is still deployed to more than 150 countries around the globe. We are expanding operations in Africa to meet the threat of ISIS and other terrorist organizations. Yet the cost, as has been said elsewhere, has been borne primarily by a small minority of Americans — and although Vermont has sent a relatively high proportion of its population to fight, most Vermonters were only peripherally involved.

The Colby Symposium attempts to bring writers and experts together to try to make some sense of these issues, and in doing so provides a remarkable and valuable service to Vermont.”[/blockquote]

The complete editorial is available here on the Times Argus website.

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Norwich in the News (Video): Montpelier Weekly Chats With 2016 Colby Book Award Winner Nisid Hajari

Photo: Formal head and shoulders portrait of author Nisid Hajari
Norwich University Office of Communications

April 14, 2016

Nat Frothingham, the publisher of the Montpelier weekly The Bridge, interviews journalist and author Nisid Hajari, winner of the 2016 Colby Book Award. A former editor at Newsweek, Hajari is the author of Midnight’s Furies, a riveting account of the partition of India following the end of British colonial rule in 1947 and its continued relevance today.

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Norwich to hold 21st annual military writers’ symposium

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 23, 2016

Norwich University will host the 2016 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, April 6-7

The only program of its kind at an American university, this distinctive event brings together some of the most influential writers on current affairs and military history. Authors gather for a two-day residency on the campus of the country’s oldest private military college to share their work and debate past and current affairs and military issues.

A series of presentations, a book signing, and the panel take place over two days. Many events are free and open to the public. See the full schedule here.

This year’s theme is “Going to War: The Cost to Families, Communities, and Nation.”

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public and will be aired live in central Vermont on WNUB 88.3 FM, is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, from 1-3 p.m. in Plumley Armory.

This year’s panel includes:

  • Karl Marlantes, author of “Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War,” a New York Times bestseller, and “What It Is Like To Go To War.”
  • Documentary filmmaker Benjamin Patton, executive director of the Patton Veterans Project and I WAS THERE Film workshops, and author of “Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History, and Family Wisdom.”
  • Jason Redman, founder and spokesperson of the nonprofit Combat Wounded Coalition and Wounded Wear, and author of “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader.”
  • Kirsten Holmstedt, expert on women in combat and author of “The Girls Come Marching Home” and “Band of Sisters.”
  • Jon Coffin, retired U.S. Army Colonel with 49 years of military service. COL Coffin spent most of the recent wars on active duty traveling to demobilization sites and meeting and debriefing soldiers and units returning from Theater of Operations.

Other symposium participants include the winner of the 2016 Colby Award Nisid Hajari, Asia editor for Bloomberg View and author of “Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition.” The book was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by National Public Radio, Quartz, the Daily Beast, Amazon, the Seattle Times and Shelf Awareness. Listen to a podcast interview Hajari gave to Norwich’s Peace & War Center here.

Founded in 1996 by Carlo D´Este and W.E.B. Griffin, the Colby Symposium has brought more than 100 authors, journalists, and filmmakers to Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.

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

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
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich Presents Poetry Reading and Discussion of Armenian Genocide

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 16, 2016

The Norwich University Writers Series presents award-winning author Dana Walrath, PhD, on Wednesday, March 23, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Walrath is the granddaughter of survivors of the Armenian genocide of 1915. This event combines her poetry reading along with commentary by special panelist Professor of History Rowland Brucken, who teaches courses on genocide, prosecuting human rights abuses, the Cold War, civil rights movements, and nation-building, and specializes in human rights law.

Presented in conjunction with the Peace and War Center and sponsored by Vermont Humanities, this special event is part of PoemCampus, a celebration of poetry across campus, and is free and open to the public.

Walrath earned a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University. She completed “Like Water on Stone” (Delacorte/Random House, 2014), her first novel, during the year she spent as a Fulbright Scholar in Armenia working on a project that builds on her award-winning graphic memoir series “Aliceheimer’s” (Penn State Press, 2016). When not in the mountains of Armenia, she lives in the mountains of Vermont, where she is on faculty at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine.

Born in North Carolina, she holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, and has lived in various locations such as New York and Yemen, residing now in Vermont. Once in state, she used stories and art to teach medical students at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine.

Walrath is the author of the young adult novel-in-verse, “Like Water on Stone,” which details three children running from the Armenian genocide. Karen Hesse of the Newberry Medal described it as “a heartbreaking tale of familial love, blind trust, and the crushing of innocence. A fine and haunting work.” “Like Water on Stone” was a finalist for the inaugural Vermont Book Award.

Walrath will be reading selected poems, as well as discussing the Armenian Genocide with Brucken.

The Norwich Writers Series is produced by the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English & Communications, and the Vermont Humanities. All Writers Series 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.