Norwich Museum Presents “The Art of Empire: World War 2 Influences in Star Wars,” on Star Wars Day, May the Fourth

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 1, 2017

Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center presents “The Art of Empire: World War 2 Influences in Star Wars,” a lunch and learn presentation on Star Wars Day, May the Fourth, with writer and editor Andrew Liptak.

This lunch and learn event, held on Thursday, May 4, at noon, is free and open to the public and includes a complimentary light lunch.

Since its release in 1977, George Lucas’s science fiction film Star Wars has become a world-wide popular culture phenomenon. Underlying its story of good-versus-evil is the influence of the Second World War, which informs the design and the structure of the franchise’s story. This presentation will look at how Lucas used imagery and icons from the World War II era to inform his Galaxy Far, Far Away, and why it holds up four decades later.

Presenter Andrew Liptak graduated from Norwich University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and in 2009 with a Master of Arts in Military History. He is currently the Weekend Editor for Vox Media’s technology and culture website The Verge, and has written for such outlets as Armchair General Magazine, Barnes and Noble, Clarkesworld Magazine, Gawker, Gizmodo, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, Tor.com, VentureBeat, and others. He is a member of the 501st Legion, a group of Star Wars costumers who engage in charitable events (pictured above in a Stormtroopers costume).

Liptak is also a published author, with his first short story, ‘Fragmented’, appearing in Galaxy’s Edge Magazine in 2014 (reprinted at The Art of Future War Project in 2015). In 2014, he published his first anthology (co-edited with Jaym Gates), “War Stories: New Military Science Fiction,” sold by Apex Publications and Amazon.

This presentation is held as part of the Sullivan Museum and History Center’s current exhibit, “World War: America and the Creation of a Superpower,” which examines the way World Wars I and II defined the United States’ place in the world. Featured objects include propaganda posters from both wars, rare uniforms, trench art, medals and objects from the field. Many new propaganda posters were added to the exhibit in mid-January to further showcase the Museum’s large collection.  The exhibit is open through the end of June 2017.

The museum is open to the public from 8 – 4 Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays from 11 – 4 during the academic year. Admission is free. For more information about the programs or exhibit, please call 802-485-2183 or visit http://academics.norwich.edu/museum.

Editor’s note: The above photo was taken by Matthew Thorsen for Seven Days.

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 University offers exclusive access to battle sites in Normandy

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

January 11, 2016

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies in conjunction with the National World War II Museum is leading a tour of Normandy, the site of the U.S.’s most famous WWII battle, May 15-21, 2016.

“D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy & Liberation of France,” offers a full week of touring in Normandy. This five day tour will provide exclusive access to sites unseen with other programs, along with superior accommodations in prime locations, all at a great value.

Norwich University’s Staff Rides are designed to help lifelong learners from varying backgrounds understand and appreciate historical military events by visiting actual battlefields. The goal is to explore specific battles and the decisions that commanders made on the field, and draw conclusions that can be applied in present and future contexts.

The cost to attend is $2,250, which includes hotel accommodations, some meals and ground transportation on-site; airfare is not included. Advanced registration is required, along with a $750 deposit to secure a spot. Registration is open here: http://online.norwich.edu/normandy-norwich-2016.

About Staff Rides:

A Staff Ride was an exercise developed by the German General Staff in the 19th century. The general staff traveled to battlefields of past campaigns to explore them on horseback or on foot. The theory was that staff officers truly understood campaigns and battles only by viewing the terrain from the perspective of the people they were studying. The U.S. Army still uses this approach as a learning tool.˜˜

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 Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 196 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

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Norwich University Honors U.S. Senator Robert Dole in a Ceremony at the WWII Memorial in D.C.

Norwich University officials presented former U.S. Senator Robert Dole with an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in a public ceremony at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Thursday, June 25, at 11 a.m.

Retired Army General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, former Army chief of staff and chairman of the Norwich University Board of Trustees; Trustee Joel A. Kobert ’65 and Vice President for Academic Affairs Guiyou Huang joined President Richard W. Schneider during the hooding ceremony.

Norwich University was founded in 1819 by U.S. Army Captain Alden Partridge, who created Norwich to educate citizen soldiers by providing the skills necessary to both build and defend the republic. Its structure inspired the Land Grant Act of 1862, and Norwich is regarded as the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

Schneider has been president at Norwich for 23 years.

“Bob Dole is an American hero who lives a life that embodies the very essence of what Norwich was founded upon – leadership, integrity and service,” Schneider said. “It is an honor and a privilege to forever bond Senator Bob Dole with America’s oldest private military college, Norwich University.”

A highly decorated veteran of World War II and lifetime public servant, Robert Joseph “Bob” Dole was born July 22, 1923, in Russell, Kansas.

In 1942 he left college to enlist in the U.S. Army. He served as a combat infantry officer in Italy in 1944. During his service, he was severely wounded while attempting to save another’s life. For his actions, Dole was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

Dole finished college and attended law school on the G.I. Bill DontPayFull. He began his political career by serving as a member of the Kansas State Legislature from 1951 to 1953, and later served four terms as prosecuting attorney for Russell County.

A U.S. Senator from Kansas from 1969to 1996, Dole served part of that time as U.S. Senate Majority Leader, setting a record as the longest-serving Republican leader.

Married to former cabinet member and former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Hanford Dole of North CarolinaNorwich’s honored 2015 commencement speaker and honorary degree recipientBob Dole was the Republican vice-presidential nominee in the 1976 U.S. presidential election and the Republican nominee in the 1996 U.S. presidential election.

In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Dole as a co-chair, along with Donna Shalala, of the commission to investigate problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Dole is special counsel at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Alston & Bird.

At the June 25 ceremony, the Honorable Robert Dole was recognized for his dedicated service to others and country before self, a Norwich guiding value celebrated during the Year of Service, the first of five years counting down to the university’s bicentennial in 2019.

Editor’s note: Pictured above (l-r) Retired Army General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, former Army chief of staff and chairman of the Norwich University Board of Trustees; Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider, Senator Elizabeth Dole and Senator Robert Dole during the June 25 ceremony. Photo by Judy Licht

Norwich University to honor U.S. Senator Robert Dole in a ceremony at the WWII memorial in D.C.

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Norwich University will present former U.S. Senator Robert Dole with an honorary degree in a public ceremony at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Thursday, June 25 at 11 a.m.

A highly decorated veteran of World War II and lifetime public servant, Robert Joseph “Bob” Dole was born July 22, 1923, in Russell, Kansas.

In 1942 he left college to enlist in the U.S. Army. He served as a combat infantry officer in Italy in 1944. During his service, he was severely wounded while attempting to save another’s life. For his service in the military, Dole was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

Dole finished college and attended law school on the G.I. Bill and began his political career by serving as a member of the Kansas State Legislature from 1951–1953, and later served four terms as prosecuting attorney for Russell County.

A U.S. Senator from Kansas from 1969–1996, Dole served part of that time as U.S. Senate Majority Leader, where he set a record as the longest-serving Republican leader.

Married to former cabinet member and former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Hanford Dole of North Carolina –Norwich’s honored 2015 commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient – Bob Dole was the Republican vice presidential nominee in the 1976 U.S. presidential election and the Republican nominee in the 1996 U.S. presidential election.

In 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Dole as a co-chair of the commission to investigate problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, along with Donna Shalala.

Dole is special counsel at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Alston & Bird.

At the June 25 ceremony the Honorable Robert Dole will be recognized for his dedicated service to others and country before self, a Norwich guiding value celebrated during the Year of Service, the first of five years counting down to the university’s bicentennial in 2019.

Photo credit “Field of Stars”: Rick Latoff / American Battle Monuments Commission