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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NU in the News: Professor Sean Prentiss Publishes Book on Edward Abbey

The Times Argus writes about Norwich assistant professor of English Prentiss and his quest to find the final desert resting place of environmental writer Edward Abbey
Norwich University Office of Communications

April 15, 2015

The Times Argus profiles Norwich University Assistant Professor of English Sean Prentiss in a March 28, 2015 article and discusses his new book on Edward Abbey.

A poet and author, Prentiss teaches creative writing at Norwich and runs the Norwich University Writers Series. In his new nonfiction book, Prentiss describes his search for the final desert resting place of famed environmental writer Edward Abbey.

Prentiss, who grew up in the same Pennsylvania town as Abbey, tells the Times Argus that his book is part memoir, part biography and part travelogue.

“Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave” will be issued by publisher University of New Mexico Press on May 1, 2015.

An essayist and novelist, Abbey loved the desert and has been described as the Thoreau of the American West. Among his best-known books are “Desert Solitaire,” an ode to time spent in his favorite landscape.

Before he died in 1989 at the age of 62, Abbey asked four friends to bury him in the Cabeza Prieta Desert in Arizona.

“It was one of Abbey’s favorite deserts,” Prentiss tells the Times Argus. “Maybe America’s most beautiful desert, it’s a spectacular place — a vast wilderness, very stark, very rocky. Full of saguaro cactus and very little else.”

“This book is about mystery, about the search for home and about asking a mentor for advice,” Prentiss says. “Yes, it’s about the search for the grave, but the search doesn’t matter. What matters is the journey.”

Read the full article here.

Norwich Writers Series to Host Iraq War Vet, Memoirist Kayla Williams

Norwich University Office of Communications

Updated April 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University Writers Series continues with Iraq War veteran and memoirist, Kayla Williams, author of “Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love & Recovery in the Aftermath of War” (2014) and “Love My Rifle More than You: Young & Female in the U.S. Army” (2006). Williams will read on Tuesday, April 21, at 4 p.m. in the Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Williams has appeared in numerous media interviews including this radio piece on PRI’s The World from February 2014, and including an appearance on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show during a segment dealing with claim backlog at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Williams enlisted in the U.S. Army as an interpreter in 2000. She served as a sergeant and Arabic linguist in a military intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) for five years. During that time, she spent a year deployed in Iraq and Kuwait during the buildup to and ultimate invasion of Iraq in 2003. Williams served at the forefront of troops’ interaction with Iraqis while navigating the challenges of being part of the 15 percent female minority enlisted in the Army.

“Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army” is a memoir about Williams’ experiences negotiating the changing demands on today’s military. “Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War” details Williams’ marriage to Brian McGough, who was wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq. The book explores the effects of traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

Williams is a 2013 White House Woman Veteran Champion of Change, Truman National Security Project Fellow, and member of the Army Education Advisory Committee, and a former member of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans. She currently lives near Washington, D.C., with her husband.

The Norwich Writers Series event is presented by the university’s Center for Peace and War, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of English & Communications. All events in this series are free and open to the public. Williams’ memoir will be on sale at the event. A book signing will follow the reading.

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