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. Traditionally, the symposium takes place on the picturesque Norwich campus in Northfield, Vermont. The 2020 symposium broke with tradition to offer a robust, all-virtual event. We returned to campus for the 2021 symposium, with selected programming also offered remotely. 

2021 Symposium

November 3-4, 2021



Pritzker Challenge: 2021 – 2025
The Pritzker Military Foundation (PMF), Norwich’s longtime philanthropic partner, has posed a $500,000 matching gift challenge through 2025 to grow the symposium’s endowment. Renamed the “Carlo D’Este ’58 Military Writers’ Endowment,” to honor the legacy of late symposium co-founder Carlo D’Este ’58, the endowment is essential to the symposium’s longevity, supporting its operating costs, the William E. Colby Award and year-round student enrichment opportunities on military history and current affairs. Should Norwich successfully raise $500,000, the PMF will match this effort with $500,000, bringing the endowment to over $1,000,000 and empowering the symposium to exist forever.

Please consider making a gift to help us carry on this excellent programming into the future.

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Symposium History
  • Pritzker Military Museum & Library Partnership

    THE PRITZKER MILITARY MUSEUM & LIBRARY is proud to partner with Norwich University to help solidify the university as a regional center on military history and affairs. As both a private university and a non-government organization, Norwich and the Museum & Library share strong stakes in the study of military history and affairs as they have a deep impact on the character of who we are as a country. Together, the Museum & Library and Norwich build awareness of the importance of study of military history and affairs and the role of the military in a democracy.

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  • Norwich University Military Writers’ Associates

    THE NORWICH UNIVERSITY MILITARY WRITERS’ ASSOCIATES are an affinity group whose members seek to support the Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium and its corresponding year-round campus experience through:

    • Recommending authors
    • Fostering and encouraging an appreciation of the program by students, faculty and the public
    • Growing opportunities to attract new interest


    Associates give at all levels, and every gift sustains this one-of-a-kind program.

    Learn how you can support the Military Writers’ Symposium


    Would you like to join the Military Writers’ Associates and find out more about the Military Writers’ Symposium? Contact Associates chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. M’14.


    Summer 2021

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For more than 25 years, the Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium has provided a forum for learning and discussion, bringing together prominent writers, historians, and thought-leaders in military, intelligence, and international affairs.

Symposium Contacts

Travis Morris
Director, Peace & War Center
Executive Director, Symposium
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

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Carlo D’Este ’58

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