The William E. Colby Military Writers' Symposium
On Wednesday, January 21, the 2004 William E. Colby Military Writers' Symposium will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The distinguished guests at this year's event, which has the theme of D-Day and Normandy: Then and Now, will be authors Carlo D'Este, Ed Ruggero, and Joseph Balkoski. Award winning correspondent Frank Sesno will moderate the panel discussion.
Founded in 1996 by, and renamed in memory of, the late Ambassador William E. Colby in 1997, the Colby Symposium has brought over fifty top authors, historians, filmmakers to the Norwich University campus in Northfield for a two-day residency to participate in open forums, lectures and other related functions.
In 1998, the Symposium established a partnership with the Eric Friedman Library of the National Press Club to co-produce events at the Press Club in Washington, DC, for area alumni, club members, and the general public. The participants on year's panel have an extensive knowledge of the military. D'Este, a 1958 graduate of Norwich University and co-founder of the Symposium, has written several books, including Decision at Normandy and the recently published Eisenhower. Ruggero's latest book is entitled Combat Jump, and historian Balkoski's Omaha Beach: D-Day June 6, 1944 will be published in March.
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the invasion that led to the liberation of Europe, the three panelists will recall the significant events of the D-Day invasion, the leadership examples that relate to today's armed forces, and speculate on what might have happened if the invasion had not been successful.
The Colby Symposium begins at 5:00 p.m. with a reception and book signing, followed by a 6:00 p.m. panel discussion. The event is free to the public, but reservations are suggested. Call: (202)662-7129. This event is co-sponsored by Norwich University, the Friedhiem Library, and the Pritzker Military Library.