NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University Assistant Professor of Biology Allison Neal has been named the 2019 winner of Vermont Women in Higher Education’s (VWHE) Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award.

The Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award, named for the former Lyndon State and Ithaca College president, is presented to a woman who is in the early stages of her career, demonstrates excellence in her contributions to students, colleagues, and/or her institution (in such areas as service, innovative programs, teaching, research, etc.), and shows promise and potential for future contributions. 

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host the 2019 Association of Military Colleges & Schools of the United States Senior Military Colleges (AMSCUS SMC) Conference Sept. 8-10 in Burlington, Vermont, and on its Northfield, Vermont, campus.

Norwich will welcome about 50 guests for three days of activities designed to share information, lessons learned and to build comradery among the administration, staff and cadets of the Senior Military Colleges during Norwich’s bicentennial year.

AMCSUS is an association of military schools from across the country. The SMC Conference brings together the six senior military college members that enjoy special recognition from the U.S. Government under Title 10, U.S. Code. The six officially recognized SMCs are Norwich University, Texas A&M, The Citadel, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia Tech and University of North Georgia. Norwich is the oldest of the six SMCs, the only fully private member and the birthplace of ROTC. 

Typically, cadets and senior leaders from each school participate in the conference, which includes meetings, tours, briefings and presentations along with a formal dinner and president’s reception. Highlights of this year’s conference include a presentation on Cross Cultural Intelligence by Professor Travis Morris, director of Norwich University’s Peace and War Center and a presentation on Preparing Leaders for the Challenges of the Digital World by Professor Huw Read, director of Norwich University’s Center for Academic Computing and Digital Forensics.

“It is an honor to host our Senior Military College peers in Vermont and on campus, especially during our historic bicentennial celebration year,” Norwich President Richard W. Schneider said. “SMCs play a special role in educating citizen-soldiers to serve both in our communities and in the military as needed.”

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 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

Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019, culminating with major events at Homecoming in September. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation. For information please go to:http://bicentennial.norwich.edu/

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NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University Writers Series welcomes author Rick Bass to campus at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, October 10, in the Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Room.

This event is free and open to the public.

The author of more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction, Bass has received wide acclaim for his writing, including O. Henry Awards, numerous Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. His short fiction collection, “The Hermit’s Story” (2003), was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, and another collection, “For a Little While: New and Selected Stories” (2016) won the prestigious Story Prize. He has had numerous stories and nonfiction works included in “Best American” anthologies. Several of his books have been named New York Times and Los Angeles Times Notable Books of the Year, as well as a New York Times Best Book of the Year. His 2009 book “Why I Came West” was a finalist for the National Book Award for Autobiography.

 

His most recent nonfiction book, “The Traveling Feast” (2018), chronicles the author’s epic pilgrimage to thank the writers who influenced his life and work —including Peter Matthiessen, Denis Johnson, John Berger, David Sedaris, Joyce Carol Oates and Terry Tempest Williams, among others — by cooking them supper.

The Norwich University Writers Series welcomes author Rick Bass to campus at Oct. 10. (Courtesy photo.)

His stories, articles and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. He has served as a contributing editor to Audubon, OnEarth, Field & Stream, Big Sky Journal, and Sports Afield. Bass is on the faculty at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Master of Fine Arts program, and has taught creative writing for more than 30 years. He lives in the Yaak Valley in northwest Montana.

The Dallas Morning News said of Bass’ short fiction, “Probably no American writer since Hemingway has written about man-in-nature more beautifully or powerfully than Rick Bass.” Vermont’s own Howard Frank Mosher called Bass “one of a dwindling handful of American fiction writers still celebrating the importance of place, the natural world.” Legendary writer and editor George Plimpton called Bass “one of the best writers of his generation,” while celebrated novelist Carl Hiassen declared, “Rick Bass is a national treasure.”

This event is sponsored by the Norwich University Writers Series, College of Liberal Arts, Department of English and Communications, and Center for Global Resilience and Security. 

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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

Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019, culminating with major events at Homecoming in September. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation. For information please go to: http://bicentennial.norwich.edu/

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NORTHFIELD, Vt. –Norwich University and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Training Centers have partnered to offer 15 credit hours from UMBC Training Centers courses to professionals in cybersecurity who wish to enter into Norwich’s online Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity program through the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. 

Recognizing the importance of continuing professional education, this partnership provides additional pathways for student professionals to pursue their educational goals. Norwich online undergraduate students will be able to satisfy 15 hours of their credit requirement through Training Centers approved courses. This partnership can better prepare students to prevent more persistent and sophisticated cyberattacks through performance-based education programs.

“Norwich is a recognized national leader in cybersecurity education and this partnership with UMBC Training Centers supports our mission to share knowledge and expertise to protect industry and the nation,” Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider said.

“This partnership realizes the enhanced value of integrated academic and professional preparation that employers increasingly seek,” UMBC Training Centers President Kent Malwitz said.

Ranked No. 2 by the Ponemon Institute for cyber security in the U.S. in its 2014 “Best Schools” report, Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education. Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program. Norwich is partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs. Most recently Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top ten best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by Universities.com. Norwich is also home to GenCyber@NU, a National Security Agency and National Science Foundation-funded cybersecurity camp for high school students.

About UMBC Training Centers

UMBC Training Centers (umbctraining.com) is the premier provider of technical, engineering and professional skills training in the Mid-Atlantic region, extending the instructional excellence of UMBC to individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Their exclusive Rapid Applied Learning (RAL) combines skills training and hands-on problem solving, guided by expert instructors, to create high-impact, individualized learning. Founded in 2000, UMBC Training Centers is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland.

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

Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019, culminating with major events at Homecoming in September. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation. For information please go to: http://bicentennial.norwich.edu/     

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 200-year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; graduate certificates; and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. norwich.edu/online

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NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Quality of Life Plus (QL+), a nonprofit organization headquartered in McLean, Virginia, and Norwich University’s David Crawford School of Engineering (DCSE) in Northfield, Vermont, are partnering to develop novel technical solutions to assist and improve the quality of life for injured veterans and first responders.

QL+ pairs students in leading engineering programs at colleges and universities across the country with former service members or first responders who have sustained life-altering injuries and for whom a creative engineering solution can dramatically impact the quality of their life.

Norwich University is QL+’s fourteenth partner in this decade-long project, which has helped so many across the country

“The Quality of Life Plus Program is excited to partner with Norwich University to capture the creative talents of its senior engineering students,” said QL+ founder Jon Monett. “Norwich has a long and impressive history, having offered one of the earliest collegiate engineering programs in the country. Norwich students and graduates have literally built this nation, and we are proud to partner with the oldest senior military college and birthplace of ROTC.” Monett added “Partnering with Norwich makes a great fit, and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship.” 

For the first year of this partnership, four Norwich Mechanical Engineering students will assist an Army veteran who had an accident that left her paralyzed in 2005. She uses a manual wheelchair for mobility and enjoys gardening, carpentry, automotive repair, and working on home improvement projects. She has to “hang” over her wheelchair to do any work close to the ground which causes back, neck, and shoulder pain. Her other option is to transfer out of her wheelchair to the ground, but then she is stationary and has to drag her body across the ground to move. This causes skin breakdown, splinters, and she can get wet and muddy. 

The challenge for Norwich engineering students is to design and build a functional adapted “creeper” so the veteran can safely work at ground level on various projects inside and outside her home. Although created for one veteran, the proposed assistive innovation has the potential to serve many more users, veterans and civilians alike.  

“It is an honor to partner with QL+ to pair our engineering students’ senior year project with such a mission-driven organization,” David Crawford Engineering School Director Stephen Fitzhugh said. “This partnership is a natural fit with our school’s experiential approach to learning.”

QL+ student engineers develop novel technical solutions to assist and improve the quality of life for wounded veterans. Throughout the academic year, QL+ mentors, monitors, and supports the collaboration between the veterans and the student teams. After the academic year, the student teams formally present the completed assistive device or modified hardware to the veteran for use in their daily life. Each project is unique, and the innovations are created to give the veterans the confidence and independence to engage in the activities they enjoy. While these assistive devices are tailored to the needs of the individual participating veteran, the solutions frequently help other injured veterans.   

QL+ is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, with its major lab at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, California. It also has a dedicated lab at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Established QL+ programs also operate at Virginia Tech, Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, the University of Dayton, San Diego State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, the University of Texas, San Antonio, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. For the 2019/2020 academic year, George Washington University, Rowan University, Catholic University, the University of South Florida and the United States Naval Academy will be joining the QL+ Family of Universities along with Norwich University.

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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

Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019, culminating with major events at Homecoming in September. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation. For information please go to: http://bicentennial.norwich.edu/

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NORTHFIELD, Vt. – On Monday, Sept. 16, Norwich University School of Architecture + Art will welcome back graduate Joe Fisher as part of the NUSoA+A 2019-20 Lecture Series “High Tech / Light Touch.” 

Fisher graduated from Norwich University, earning a Bachelor of Science in architectural studies in 2010 and a Master of Architecture in 2011. From 2010 to 2014, he worked with Birdseye, an award-winning design / build firm in Richmond, Vt.  During his tenure at Birdseye, Fisher completed his architectural internship and passed the architectural registration exams, earning his license in the state of Vermont. 

At a 4 p.m. presentation in Chaplin Hall Gallery, Fisher will speak about his recent experiences in southeast Australia as a participant in the 2018 Glenn Murcutt Master Class and the integration of these lessons into his evolving private practice.

In late 2014, Fisher relocated to Austin, Texas, became licensed there and started his own architectural practice focused on small-footprint design. In 2018, he completed the process to become a Certified Passive House Consultant, a rigorous program for design and certification of super high-performance, net-zero-ready buildings. His firm, Joe Fisher Architect, has shaped itself around a decentralized office model, with a flexible design team comprised entirely of Norwich University graduates located around the country, communicating with one another virtually. This innovative type of professional practice, made possible by the integration of new technologies and business approaches, has allowed his firm to take on projects in Vermont, Colorado, and Texas.

The Norwich University School of Architecture + Art’s Lecture Series is free and open to the public. The series is supported by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education, volunteerism and other charitable endeavors 

Norwich University is the only university in northern New England to offer integrated professionally accredited programs in Architecture, Business, Engineering, Construction, and Nursing. Norwich’s School of Architecture + Art is ranked #7 in the US of the “Most Hired From” universities.

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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

Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019, culminating with major events at Homecoming in September. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation. For information please go to:http://bicentennial.norwich.edu/

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NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University Associate Professor of Political Science Yangmo Ku has earned the Board of Fellows Faculty Development Prize for the 2019-2020 academic year for his project, “Coming to Terms with Past Injustices in Japan and Germany: Sexual Slavery, Forced Labor, and History Textbooks.”

The Board of Fellows (BoF) Faculty Development Prize is awarded annually to a tenure-track faculty member or a group of faculty, including substantial involvement of a tenure-track faculty member, to fund a creative, curriculum, or scholarly project. It is funded annually by the BoF in its role of stimulating and rewarding the university faculty for creative and pragmatic research efforts.

“Norwich’s community of teacher-scholars is critical to the realization of the institution’s transformative mission and our students’ success,” Provost and Dean of Faculty Sandra Affenito, Ph.D., said. “Dr. Ku’s research and scholarly work exemplifies the faculty’s commitment to serve as role models and mentors to students, which is at the heart of what we do as educators of future generations of leaders.”

The $8,000 award will support Ku’s project, which seeks to address these questions: When and why do perpetrator states take a penitent stance on their past injustices? Why do Japanese and German behaviors differ over time in dealing with their past wrongs? Under what conditions do they take more penitent attitudes toward their past misdeeds?

“The Board of Fellows Faculty Development prize provides me with the great opportunity to complete my book project regarding history disputes between former adversary states—South Korea and Japan,” Ku said. “I am very grateful for Norwich's generous research support.”

Ku’s research project addresses these questions by testing the two hypotheses—i.e. an instrumentalist approach and a transnational-coalitional approach. The former posits that perpetrator states are more likely to take a conciliatory stance on their past misdeeds when they calculate such action is in their security and/or economic interests. The latter hypothesizes that when transnational activism is powerful and a perpetrator state is led by a progressive ruling coalition, the state is more likely to adopt conciliatory policies toward historical issues. Ku’s book project will explore the variations in Japan’s and Germany’s choice of history policy, mainly through the comparative study of common historical issues—sexual slavery, forced labor, and biased history textbooks.

Ku teaches in the Department of History and Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts, including classes on international relations, Asian politics, U.S.-China relations, and U.S. security policy. He also serves as associate director for the Peace and War Center at Norwich University.

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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

Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019, culminating with major events at Homecoming in September. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation. For information please go to:http://bicentennial.norwich.edu/

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NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will celebrate its 200th birthday with thousands of alumni and their guests during the university’s annual Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 18-22.

 The public is invited to take part in Norwich’s bicentennial by attending the special commemoration events, viewing a spectacular fireworks display on Friday night, visiting the food trucks on Friday or Saturday, and attending the athletic competitions throughout the weekend. 

Check out the schedule of events here: https://alumni.norwich.edu/HC/Schedule.

Individuals and community groups are also encouraged to volunteer for a number of fun activities that support the success of homecoming weekend. Visit https://alumni.norwich.edu/HomecomingVolunteerInterest for a list of times and positions available.

Highlights of Homecoming 2019, open to the public:

Thursday, Sept. 19:

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Campus tours, Roberts Hall.
3-4 p.m. 200 Years - 200 Objects Exhibit Gallery Talk, Sullivan Museum, livestreamed on Facebook 
4-6 p.m. Bicentennial Stairs Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Behind Goodyear Hall 

Friday, Sept. 20:
11 a.m. Campus tour, Roberts Hall.
2:30-3:45 p.m. Harmon Wall Rededication Ceremony, White Memorial Chapel.
4:15 – 5 p.m. Corps of Cadets Review with Retreat Parade, Upper Parade Ground.
Dusk (approximately 9 p.m.) Fireworks display. Best viewing from Sabine Field. 
NU Sports: Men’s soccer begins at 6:30 p.m. Check the schedule here.

Saturday, Sept. 21:
9:30-11 Alumni Parade with NU Corps of Cadets Review, Sabine Field. Watch it on live-stream https://www.nsnsports.net/colleges/norwich.
Beginning at 12 p.m. five NU fall sports teams have games at home: volleyball, men’s and women’s rugby, women’s soccer and football. Check the schedule here.
1:40 p.m. Corps of Cadets Football March-On, Haynes Family Stadium at Sabine Field, to begin the historic rivalry football game against Coast Guard Academy. Livestream here: https://www.norwichathletics.com/livestream

The Bicentennial Block Party will take place on Central Street on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 – 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.  A dozen food trucks plus a beer tent hosted by 14th Star Brewery are open to the public.  There will be live entertainment on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

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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

Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019, culminating with major events at Homecoming in September. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation. For information please go to: http://bicentennial.norwich.edu/

Media contact:
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NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The 2019 Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium will be held on Sept. 24–25 on the theme of “Warfare in the 21st Century: Future Battlegrounds.” A Todd Lecture presentation, “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media,” will conclude the symposium by one of the authors and panelists, Peter Warren Singer, on at 7 p.m.Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Mack Hall Auditorium.

All symposium events except the Meet the Authors dinner are free and open to the public. Events include book and other presentations and a panel discussion.

The Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium, now held in the fall, replaces what was formerly the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium, which was historically held in the spring. Norwich continues its tradition of recognizing a first work with the annual Colby Award.

In April 2019, Paul Scharre captured the 2019 William E. Colby Award for his book, “Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War.” Now in its 20th year, the Colby prize is awarded annually by Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, to a first solo work of fiction or nonfiction that has made a major contribution to the understanding of military history, intelligence operations or international affairs.

A Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, Scharre’s debut book, “Army of None,” was selected by Bill Gates as one of his top picks of 2018. Scharre served as a special operations reconnaissance team leader in the U.S. Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion and completed multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Colby Award winners receive a $5,000 author honorarium provided through the generosity of the Chicago-based Pritzker Military Foundation. The award and honorarium will be presented to Scharre at Norwich University during the Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium, Sept. 24-25, 2019, in Northfield, Vermont.

From 2 – 3:30 p.m.On Wednesday, Sept. 25, Scharre will join Benedetta Berti and Peter Warren Singer for a moderated panel discussion, “Warfare in the 21st Century: Future Battlegrounds.” The panel discussion will be livestreamed on the Peace and War Center site at: https://www.norwich.edu/pawc. A book signing event will follow the panel from 3:30 – 4:30.

Later on Wednesday evening, Singer will give a Todd Lecture presentation on the new weaponization of social media in Mack Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m. That event will be livestreamed at the Todd Lecture website: http://tls.norwich.edu/.  

Benedetta Berti is an Eisenhower Global Fellow and a TED Senior Fellow. She has held positions at Harvard University, West Point, the Institute for National Security Studies, and the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Since 2018, she serves as Head of Policy Planning in the Office of the Secretary General at NATO.

Peter Warren Singer has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators; by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues; by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List; as an official “Mad Scientist” for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command; and by Onalytica social media data analysis as one of the 10 most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity and 25th most influential in the field of robotics. His latest book, “LikeWar,” explores how social media has changed war and politics, and war and politics has changed social media.

Author Ian Brown will give a book presentation at Kreitzberg Library on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. Brown is a U.S. Marine Corps major and CH-53E helicopter pilot. He has published works on maneuver warfare doctrine and future warfare concepts in the Marine Corps Gazette and online publication War on the Rocks, and is the author of “A New Conception of War.” Brown’s opinions are his alone and do not reflect those of the Krulak Center, Marine Corps University, United States Marine Corps, Department of Defense, or any part of the U.S. Government. Brown is a 2015 graduate of Norwich’s online Master of Military History program.

For the full schedule, including presentations by Berti and Scharre, please see:https://sway.office.com/31SlOVeGQyrGlXQ1.

This year’s symposium is presented in partnership with Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series. The Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of retired U.S. Army Major General Russell Todd and his late wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the university. General Todd, a 1950 graduate of the university, also serves as president emeritus. With this series, Norwich brings national thought leaders from business, politics, the arts, science, the military and other fields and endeavors to its Northfield campus.

Founded in 1996 by Norwich alumnus and historian Carlo D´Este ’58 and renowned author W.E.B. Griffin, the Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium has brought more than 150 authors, historians, and filmmakers to Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. The symposium is the only program of its kind at an American university.  The Colby Symposium is a Norwich University Peace and War Center signature event, and is generously supported by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, Illinois, with funding through the Pritzker Military Foundation.

About the Pritzker Military Museum & Library

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is located in downtown Chicago, Ill. Open to the public, the Museum & Library features an extensive collection of books, programs, artifacts, and rotating exhibits covering many eras and branches of the world’s military that is available to visitors in person and online. Opened in 2003, the Museum & Library is a center where citizens and service members come together to learn about military history and affairs. Each year, the Museum & Library awards the prestigious Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing to recognize a living author who has made a lifetime contribution to the understanding of military history affairs. The Museum & Library is supported by its members and sponsors.

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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

Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019, culminating with major events at Homecoming in September. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation. For information please go to:http://bicentennial.norwich.edu/

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