Military Writers’ Symposium

Celebrating three decades of exceptional military writing.

“Perception Wars: The Battle to Control Reality”

Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont

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The only program of its kind at an American university, the Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium convenes authors and experts in the fields of military history, intelligence, and current affairs to offer important perspectives on pressing global concerns.  

This year, we invite you to join Norwich University faculty, staff, and students to celebrate 30 years of exceptional military writing and contemplate today’s most pressing issues in the information warfare field. This renowned two-day event will feature subject matter experts, those currently serving in the field, and some of the world’s leading military writers, including the 2024 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Award winner, Mariana Budjeryn.

Budjeryn has been selected for the 2024 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Award for her work Inheriting the Bomb: The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine (John Hopkins Press). The annual award is presented to a solo work of fiction or nonfiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations, or international affairs. Budjeryn, whose work is both timely and relevant, has the added distinction of being the first female author to be honored as the winner of the Colby Award in its 25-year history. 

Meet the Authors Dinner: On Tuesday, October 8, the symposium will conclude with this not-to-be-missed dinner. Ask any former attendee and they will tell you that this dinner is a one-of-a-kind experience. Join Norwich leadership, our special guests, alumni, and students as we eat great food, engage in exciting conversation, and make lasting connections. Tickets are required for the dinner.



  1. Monday

    9 AM to 9:50 AM | Setting the Stage – Two Truths and a Lie 
    Mack Hall Auditorium 

    Welcome Remarks by Dr. Travis Morris, Director, NU Peace & War Center 
    Keynote Address:  

    10 AM to 10:50 AM | From Data to Defense: Information Warfare Roadmap  
    Mack Hall Auditorium 

    Discussion Moderator:  
    Author: Nina Jankowicz, Founder, Sophias Strategies LLC 

    11 AM to 11:50 AM | From Virtual Footprints to Boots on the Ground: Information Warfare in Practice
    Mack Hall Auditorium

    Discussion Moderator:  
    Panelists: Colonel Curtis Boyd, US Army (Ret.); Colonel Scott Nelson, US Army (Ret.); Dr. Diane Zorri, Senior Fellow, Global and National Security Institute, University of South Florida

    1 PM to 1:50 PM | Title TBD
    Mack Hall Auditorium

    Discussion Moderator:  
    Author: Dr. Bilyana Lilly, CISSP, Chair, Democratic Resilience Track, Warsaw Security Forum

    2 PM to 2:50 PM | Richard S. Schultz ’60 Symposium Fellows Presentations
    Mack Hall Auditorium

    Discussion Moderator:  
    Presentations by: Lucia Frezza, Class of 2024 and Lilian Lu, Class of 2026 (Bachelors) & 2027 (Masters)

    7 PM to 8:30 PM | Perception Wars: The Battle to Control Reality
    Plumley Armory

    Discussion Moderator: Colonel Stephen Roberts, PhD, Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Norwich University
    Panelists: Drs. Bilyana Lilly, Nina Jankowicz, Zizi Papacharissi, and Colonel Curtis Boyd.

  1. Tuesday

    9:30 AM to 10:45 AM | Safeguarding the Role of Media in Democracy
    Mack Hall Auditorium

    Discussion Moderator:  
    Author: Dr. Zizi Papacharissi, Depart Head and Professor, Communications, University of Illinois-Chicago

    11 AM to 12:15 PM | Algorithms of Impression: How AI is Weaponizing Perception and Communities
    Mack Hall Auditorium

    Presentations by

    1 PM to 1:50 PM | Dennis E. Showalter Research Fellowship Presentation
    Mack Hall Auditorium

    Discussion Moderator: Dr. David Ulbrich, Associate Dean of the Arts and Sciences Division in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education
    Presentation by

    2 PM to 2:50 PM | Colby Award Book Presentation: Inheriting the Bomb: The Collapse of the USSR and the Nuclear Disarmament of Ukraine
    Mack Hall Auditorium

    Discussion Moderator: 
    Author: Mariana Budjeryn, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center, Project on Managing the Atom (MTA)

    6 PM to 9 PM | Meet the Authors Reception & Dinner | By Invitation Only
    Plumley Armory (158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, Vermont)