Peace and War Summit

Norwich University’s 5th annual Peace and War Summit will explore wartime memories, and how nations can reconcile these traumatic events to better understand how the aftermath of conflict affects their citizens, infrastructure, and political climate long after the guns have been silenced.

Welcome to the Summit!

Recently, a series of conflicts in Europe and the Middle East have erupted, bringing with them devastating human and economic tolls. While the international community has worked to prevent these regional conflicts from spilling over into wider, global incidents, they’ve paid little attention to the human and political consequences that will linger as traumatic memories for years and decades to come. Norwich University’s 5th annual Peace and War Summit will explore wartime memories, and how nations can reconcile these traumatic events to better understand how the aftermath of a nation’s wartime experiences affects their citizens, infrastructure, and political climate long after the guns have been silenced.


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Invited Speakers & Guests

Dr. Zachary Bennett, Assistant Professor, History & Political Science

Zachary Bennett joined the faculty of Norwich University’s Department of History and Political Science in 2020. He earned his Ph.D. in early American history from Rutgers University, his M.A. from Miami University, and his B.A. from Northern Michigan University. Professor Bennett specializes in the environmental history of colonial North America and the Atlantic World.

Dr. Emily Fisher Gray, Professor, History & Political Science

Emily Fisher Gray received a doctorate in early modern European history from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. She spent three years as a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Penn before joining the Norwich University faculty in 2007.

Dr. Lyle Goldstein, Director, Asia Engagement, Defense Priorities

Lyle Goldstein is Director of Asia Engagement at Defense Priorities. Formerly, he served as Research Professor at U.S. Naval War College for 20 years.

Dr. Yangmo Ku, Associate Professor, Associate Director, Peace & War Center, Chair, Dept. of History & Political Science

Yangmo Ku received his B.A. in German language and literature from Sogang University in Seoul and earned his M.A. in international affairs and Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University. He taught in the School of International Service at American University before moving to Norwich in July 2012. Since then, he has taught various courses, including Asian politics, U.S.-China relations, international organizations, international relations, comparative politics, and a senior seminar course—U.S., China, and Russia. He also works as associate director of the Peace & War Center at Norwich while serving as editor of the Journal of Peace and War Studies (JPWS).

Dr. Timothy Parker, Associate Professor, Architecture + Art

Timothy Parker regularly teaches survey and elective courses in the history and theory of art and architecture, research methodologies, and graduate-level thesis research studio. He also directs the MArch program.

Dr. Kyle Pivetti, Associate Professor, English & Communications

Kyle Pivetti is an Associate Professor of English, with research interests in Shakespeare, memory, and adaptation.

Dr. Steven E. Sodergren, Professor, History & Political Science

Steven Sodergren earned a B.A. in history and philosophy from Cornell College followed by an M.A. and PhD in American and military history from the University of Kansas. While in graduate school, he received a General Matthew Ridgeway Research Grant from the Military History Institute in Carlisle, Penn., and a Dissertation Fellowship from the U.S. Army Center of Military History for his work on the adaptation of Union soldiers to tactical conditions during the American Civil War.

Dr. David J. Ward, Professor, Program Coordinator, German, Modern Languages

David Ward received his B.A. in German from Duke University and earned his PhD in German literature from the University of Texas at Austin.


Monday, March 18, 2024

9 – 9:50 a.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium
Tara Kulkarni, Associate Provost for Research & Chief Research Officer

William McCollough, VP of Student Affairs & 56th Commandant of Cadets

10 a.m. – 10:50 p.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium
Student Moderators: Ahmed Mohammad and Erin Reynolds
Zachary Bennett: The Indian in the Mirror: Remembering New England's Colonial Wars 
Steven Sodergren: ‘Miserable Wirz’: The Legacy of the Civil War’s Most Notorious War Criminal

11 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium
Student Moderators: Richard Conlon and Joshua Smith
Emily Gray: Peace and Reconciliation after the Thirty Years War: Augsburg’s Peace Festivals and Memorial Art 
Timothy Parker: Within the Aftermath of War: Making Space for Memory and Reconciliation
1 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium
Student Moderators: Ana Lemler and Gretchen Reese 
Kyle Pivetti: Where Shame Lives: Emotional Memory and War in Early Modern England 
David Ward: German Re-Unification on a Local Level: The Example of Greifswald 1989-91
2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium
Student Moderators: Jasmin Sackey and Pelumi Adefarakan
Lyle Goldstein: The Politics of Memory and Reconciliation between China and Japan 
Yangmo Ku: Historical Justice, Reconciliation, and Peace between Japan and South Korea
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Mack Hall Auditorium
Moderator: Amy Woodbury Tease, Associate Professor & Chair, Dept. Global Humanities
Michael Cathy: The Shift in China’s Support of Russia in the Russian-Ukrainian War 
August Guerrieri: The Donbas Separatist Movement—A War of Independence, Hijacked
Kaleb Hogan: China and Russia's Use of Transnational Repression
Ethan Trask: Confederate Perspectives on the First World War: Narrative Shifts and Reconciliation
Discussants: Michael C. Andrew, Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, International Studies; Michael Thunberg, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Director, Honors Program

Yangmo Ku, Executive Director
Associate Professor, Political Science, Norwich University
Associate Director, John and Mary Frances Patton Peace & War Center

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