Colby Award Winner Author Steven Sodergren to Present on Civil War

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

September 19, 2018

The Norwich University Peace and War Center will present “The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns: Union Soldiers and Trench Warfare, 1864-1865,” a presentation by Colby Award Winner Steven E. Sodergren on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Mack Hall auditorium.

Free and open to the public, this is the final event in a day of presentations, which includes the presentation of the Colby Award. The Peace and War Center announced in April that Sodergren won the 2018 William E. Colby Award for his book, “The Army of the Potomac in the Overland & Petersburg Campaigns” (LSU Press, 2017). Now in its 19th year, the Colby prize is awarded annually by Norwich University to a first solo work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations or international affairs.

Sodergren’s evening lecture is the keynote in a full day of guest historians, presentations, and book signings on the Norwich campus, all free and open to the public and centered around the Civil War. On Thursday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Todd Multipurpose Room, undergraduate Thaddeus Boothtrudo’20 will present his research on Vermont sharpshooters in the Civil War.

Then, at 3 p.m., a book signing will take place in the Kreitzberg Library featuring guest authors Howard Coffin, author of “The Battered Stars,” “Full Duty, Guns Over the Champlain Valley,” and “Nine Months to Gettysburg;” Brian Matthew Jordan, author of “Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War;” Jerry Morelock, author of “Generals of the Bulge: Leadership in the U.S. Army’s Greatest Battle;” Carlo D’Este, author of “Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War” and “Patton: A Genius for War;” Kevin M. Levin, author of “Remembering The Battle of the Crater: War as Murder” and “Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites;” and 2018 Colby Award winner Steven E. Sodergren.

To complement this event, Norwich University students, faculty, and alumni will also participate in an immersive learning field study “staff ride” to the sites of the St. Albans Raid, the northernmost land action of the Civil War. “Staff rides” are a unique experiential learning tool used by militaries and military historians worldwide. They include a preliminary study of a campaign or battle and a field study at a historic site that seeks to have students walk in the footsteps of the key historic decision makers so that they can learn from the past in order to prepare for the challenges of the future. The field study will bring students along the sites of the raid, include living history encampments, and showcase the exhibits of the Saint Albans Museum. Norwich University is pleased to partner with the Saint Albans Museum to present this unique learning experience to students. The Saint Albans Museum also facilitates historic walking tours for the public. For more information, visit stamuseum.org.

Sodergren, the first Norwich University author to receive the Colby award, is associate professor of history and is the chair of the department of history and political science at Norwich University.

In his book and to be highlighted in his lecture, Sodergren explores the many factors that enabled the Army of the Potomac to endure the brutal physical conditions of trench warfare and emerge with a renewed sense of purpose as fighting resumed on the open battlefield in 1865. Drawing from soldiers’ letters and diaries, official military correspondence, and court-martial records, he paints a vivid picture of the daily lives of Union soldiers as they witnessed the beginnings of a profound shift in the way the world imagined and waged large-scale warfare.

The final year of the Civil War witnessed a profound transformation in the practice of modern warfare, a shift that produced unprecedented consequences for the soldiers fighting on the front lines. In his lecture Sodergren will examine the transition to trench warfare, the lengthy campaigns of attrition that resulted, and how these seemingly grim new realities affected the mindset and morale of Union soldiers.

Winners of the Colby Award receive a $5,000 author honorarium provided through the generosity of the Chicago-based Pritzker Military Foundation. Visit Colby.norwich.edu for information. Named for the late ambassador and former CIA director William E. Colby, the Colby Award recognizes a first solo work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs. The William E. Colby Award began at Norwich University in 1999.

About the Pritzker Military Museum & Library

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Open to the public, the Museum & Library features an extensive collection of books, programs, artifacts, and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the military that are available to visitors in person and online at pritzkermilitary.org. Opened in 2003, the Museum & Library is a center where citizens and service members come together to learn about military history and affairs. Each year, the Museum & Library awards the prestigious Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing to recognize a living author who has made a lifetime contribution to the understanding of military history affairs. The Museum & Library is a living memorial to current and former service members and their families that is supported by its members and sponsors.

About the Saint Albans Museum

The Saint Albans Museum is a 501(c)3 community non-profit with a mission to preserve and share the history and heritage of St. Albans, Franklin County, and northwestern Vermont through exhibitions, educational programs, art, cultural performances, public archives, and special events for all ages.

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.    

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Norwich to hold 23rd Annual Military Writers’ Symposium

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 8, 2018

Norwich University will hold the 23rd Annual William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium April 11-12, 2018, on the theme of “Won the War, Lost the Peace: The U.S. Legacy in Iraq.”

The Colby is a two-day event hosted at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. The only program of its kind at an American university, this unique and powerful program invites distinguished authors and experts in the fields of military history, intelligence, or current affairs to campus for social events, book signings, presentations, classroom sessions, and a moderated panel discussion on the theme for the year.

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public and will be video streamed live from Colby.norwich.edu, is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Plumley Armory.

Guest panelists include:

Saifaldin D. Abdul-Rahman

Saifaldin Abdul-Rahman is Vice President of IWG, a U.S. firm providing consulting, logistics and construction work in Iraq. He heads the consulting and business development portfolio within IWG, where he guides U.S. and international fortune 500 companies through contract awards and negotiations with the Government of Iraq. Abdul-Rahman held senior posts in the Government of Iraq, including the posts of Advisor to the Vice President of Iraq (2009), Chief of Staff to the Speaker of Parliament (2005) and Chief of Staff to the Minister of Industry & Minerals (2004).

Andrew Bacevich

Andrew J. Bacevich grew up in Indiana, graduated from West Point and Princeton, served in the army, became an academic, and is now a writer. He is the author, co-author, or editor of a dozen books, among them “American Empire”, “The New American Militarism,” “The Limits of Power,” “Washington Rules,” “Breach of Trust,” and, most recently, “America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History.”

R. Alan King

R. Alan King is a retired U.S. Army colonel and former senior civil-military adviser of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. He was the top civil-military adviser in Baghdad when the Iraqi regime fell in 2003. He is credited with leading the coalition’s tribal affairs and Sunni outreach programs and served as a senior member of the April 2004 ceasefire talks in Fallujah. King is the author of “Twice Armed: An American Soldier’s Battle for Hearts and Minds,” winner of the 2008 Colby Award.

Emma Sky

Emma Sky is Director of Yale World Fellows and a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics. She is the author of “The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq,” which was one of the New York Times 100 notable books of 2015, and shortlisted for the 2016 Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize, the 2016 Orwell Prize and the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction. She is widely published in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, the Atlantic, Survival, US Institute of Peace, Army Magazine.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Sarwar Kashmeri, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Applied Research Fellow, Peace & War Center, Norwich University; and a Fellow with the Foreign Policy Association.

Other special features of this year’s Colby include:

  • Lunch and Learn on “IEDs as Force Multipliers in Iraq,” hosted by the Sullivan Museum and History Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, and Norwich’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Event features retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Peter “Duke” DeLuca, former Commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School and David Ulbrich, program director and associate professor in the Master of Arts in History and Military History programs.
  • Presentations by visiting authors and speakers in the Todd Multipurpose Room of the Kreitzberg Library. Full schedule on norwich.edu.
  • Announcing the winner of the Annual Colby Award for a first-time author on the topic of military history, current affairs, or intelligence will be announced.
  • A book signing featuring Emma Sky, Andrew Bacevich, R. Alan King, Carlo D’Este, Sarwar Kashmeri, and David Ulbrich on Thursday afternoon from 3-4:30 p.m.

Please visit Colby.Norwich.edu to read the full bios of authors and presenters.

Founded in 1996 by Carlo D´Este ’58 and W.E.B. Griffin, the Colby Symposium has brought more than 100 authors, journalists, and filmmakers to central Vermont.   The Colby Symposium is a Norwich University Peace and War Center signature event, and is generously supported by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, Ill. with funding through the Pritzker Military Foundation. View multimedia coverage of the 2017 event and interviews with visiting authors.

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:
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Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
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Armed With Cardboard and Duct Tape, Norwich Students Battle Like Ancient Greeks

Photo of Norwich students holding cardboard shields and wearing makeshift helmets in the style of ancient Greek Hoplite foot soldiers

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Norwich University Office of Communications

November 1, 2016

This fall, Norwich undergraduates tested their mettle as ancient Greek warriors. Using cardboard shields and makeshift foam spears, they assembled on the Upper Parade ground to recreate phalanxes of the fearsome ancient foot soldiers known as Hoplites. The exercise brought together students and faculty from a variety of courses and majors: history, military studies, and studies in war in peace to test theories of how the ancient warriors may have marched and fought so effectively. Norwich students Carly Rotter and Shane O’Neil talk about their cardboard armaments, while Norwich history professors Steven Sodergren, Emily Fischer Gray, and Christine McCann discuss the battle reenactment and its value as a learning exercise.

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 University’s Sullivan Museum & History Center presents new exhibit on cavalry

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

December 17, 2015

The Norwich University Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “Saddle Up! Norwich Cavalry: Training, Touring and Tactics on Horseback,” with an opening reception to be held on Friday, Jan. 22, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Sullivan Museum and History Center is free and open to the public.

The story of the Norwich Cavalry and its establishment is full of wonderful images of the days when equines were part of the daily life at the University. Fascinating facts and “firsts” at Norwich come to life with life size imagery, sounds and objects from Norwich’s cavalry history. This exhibition looks back at the time when Norwich ruled on the Polo fields and made history in the new sport of endurance racing.

The exhibition will included details of daily riding instruction and care of the three breeds of horses in the program, and also chronicles the brief, but famous hunt for Pancho Villa. In 1916 President Ira Reeves released Col. Frank Thompkins to support this effort on behalf of the US Army, and Norwich horses were at their side. Daily updates were made in the NY Times on their tour seeking out this infamous character on both the American and Mexican landscape.

Join us for an in-depth look at the distinguished history of the Cavalry at Norwich. This exhibition will open January 18, 2016 and continue through June 30, 2016.

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. There is no charge for admission to the museum. For more information call 802.485.2183 or visit the museum’s website (academics.norwich.edu/museum/) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SullivanMuseum).

Editor’s note: Photo courtesy of Norwich Archives.

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu    

Media Contact:
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Mobile: (802) 595-3613
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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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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). 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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu

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

Updated March 30, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host the 2015 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium on Wednesday and Thursday, April 8-9, hosting Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Philip Caputo, among other literary luminaries.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public and marks its 20th anniversary this year, celebrates the best in military writing, books and ideas.

It brings together some of the nation’s leading military writers, historians and thinkers, who 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.”

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?” Norwich University undergraduate and online graduate programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education and are certified by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE).

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, April 9, from 1-3 p.m. in Plumley Armory.

This year’s panelists include:

  • Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Philip Caputo. A guest of the inaugural symposium, Caputo has written 15 books, including two memoirs, five nonfiction books and eight novels including his acclaimed memoir of Vietnam, “A Rumor of War.”
  • 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.”

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.

Smithsonian Aviation Curator to Speak at Norwich about Lincoln Balloon Corps

Norwich University Office of Communications

March 12, 2015 

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center, the state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, will host Dr. Tom Crouch, Senior Curator of Aeronautics at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, for a lunch-and-learn on Wednesday, April 8 at noon in Milano Ballroom, located in Roberts Hall.

Crouch’s presentation, “Mr. Lincoln’s Air Force:  Military Aeronautics in the Civil War,” is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served, and a book-signing will follow.

Abraham Lincoln held a life-long fascination with technology and during the Civil War seldom missed an opportunity to investigate new weapons or innovations. New England balloonist T.S.C. Lowe was able to demonstrate to Lincoln the role that observation balloons might play in providing improved reconnaissance for the Union Army. The President not only encouraged Lowe’s plan to form a Balloon Corps to serve with the Army of the Potomac, but intervened on his behalf when military officials proved less than enthusiastic about the experiment. With the assistance of the President, Lowe was able to create and equip the Balloon Corps, which saw extensive service from 1861 to 1863.

Copies of Crouch’s books “Lighter-Than-Air: An Illustrated History of Balloons and Airships,” and “The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright,” will be available for sale at the event.

Crouch holds a BA (1962) from Ohio University, an MA (1968) from Miami University and a PhD (1976) from the Ohio State University (all in history) and has been a Smithsonian employee since 1974. He is the author or editor of a number of books and many articles for both popular magazines and scholarly journals. These include “Eagle Aloft: Two Centuries of the Balloon in America” and “Wings: A History of Aviation from Kites to the Space Age.”

Crouch has also received a number of book awards including a 1989 Christopher Award, a literary prize recognizing “significant artistic achievement in support of the highest values of the human spirit,” for “The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright.” His book “Wings: A History of Aviation From Kites to the Space Age” won the AIAA Gardner-Lasser Literature Prize for 2005, an award presented to the best book selected in that year from all books in the field of aerospace history published in the last five years.

For more information, call the Sullivan Museum at (802) 485-2183, or email smhc@norwich.edu.  RSVPs encouraged, but not required.

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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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu  

Sergeant York Biographer Wins 2015 Colby Military Book Award

Norwich University has awarded its annual book prize to Colonel Douglas V. Mastriano for his meticulously researched biography of decorated WWI hero Alvin York
Daphne Larkin | Office of Communications

January 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Biographer Colonel Douglas V. Mastriano, Ph.D. is the 2015 William E. Colby Award winner for his book, Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne. Norwich University awards the Colby annually to an author of a first book.

A veteran of the first Gulf War and Afghanistan, Colonel Mastriano was commissioned in the United States Army in 1986 and began his career with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment serving along the German Iron Curtain. With the end of the Cold War, he deployed to Iraq for Operation Desert Storm, where his regiment led the main attack against Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard. Colonel Mastriano subsequently served in tactical, operational and strategic assignments during his ongoing career in the army. He also served four years in NATO Land Headquarters in Germany, and deployed three times to Afghanistan, where he was director of the ISAF Joint Intelligence Center.

york.final.inddIn the book, published in 2014 by the University Press of Kentucky, Mastriano uses archival research, military terrain analysis and forensic study to reconstruct the events of October 1918 and sort fact from fiction in the account of the act of heroism that earned Sergeant York the Medal of Honor in the First World War Mastriano details York’s early life in Tennessee, his service in the war up to and including the famous October 8, 1918, engagement, and his return to a civilian life dedicated to charity. As the centennial of American involvement in World War I approaches, this book shares the story of one of the war’s most notable heroes.

“Superbly researched and splendidly written, Douglas V. Mastriano’s work on Alvin York recounts not only the incredible story of a Tennessee mountain boy who won the Medal of Honor and became the greatest American hero of the First World War, but also of how, through years of investigation and exploration, he located York’s battle site and was instrumental in the creation of two permanent monuments and an historic trail,” said Carlo D’Este, executive director of the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium.

“I am humbled by the distinction of being the 2015 William E Colby Award recipient. The Colby Award represents the highest caliber of works published in the United States since 1999. It is a privilege to have the book Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne recognized worthy of this honor,” said Mastriano.

A $5,000 author honorarium is provided through a grant from the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation. The award and honorarium will be presented at Norwich University during the 2015 Colby Military Writers’ Symposium at the “Meet the Authors” dinner on April 9, 2015. The 2015 Symposium will take place April 8-9, and is open to the public.

Named for the late ambassador and former CIA director William E. Colby, the Colby Award recognizes a first work of fiction or non-fiction that has made a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of intelligence operations, military history or international affairs. The William E. Colby Award began at Norwich University in 1999.

In June 2012, Mastriano joined the faculty of the U.S. Army War College to teach in the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick, in Fredericton, Canada.

Mastriano is the co-founder of The Sergeant York Discovery Expedition (SYDE) and led the effort to locate the exact spot where Alvin York eliminated a machine-gun nest and captured 132 German soldiers. The group’s research has been endorsed by U.S. and French authorities. SYDE organized the construction of a five-kilometer historic trail in France’s Argonne Forest for visitors to experience a piece of World War I history.

Previous recipients of the Colby Award include Thomas McKenna, James Bradley, Nathaniel Fick, Col. Jack Jacobs, Dexter Filkins, Marcus Luttrell, John Glusman, Karl Marlantes and Logan Beirne.

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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 (academics.norwich.edu/museum/) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SullivanMuseum).