A look at this year’s Military Writers’ Symposium speakers. Longer versions are online.
Nadhir Al-Ansari (speaking 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday): This professor in Sweden’s Lulea Technical University’s environmental and natural resources engineering department specializes in water resources and the environment. He has served in several academic administrative posts and has published more than 620 articles in international and national journals, chapters in books, and 18 books and special issues.
Randy Brown (speaking 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday): This 20-year veteran with one overseas deployment, embedded with his former Iowa Army National Guard unit as a civilian journalist in Afghanistan from May through June 2011. Before starting his freelance writing and editing business in 2002, Brown edited for national trade and consumer magazines and community and metropolitan newspapers. His war poetry and nonfiction have appeared widely online and in print.
Sherri Goodman (speaking 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday): This senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center’s Polar Institute and Environmental Change & Security Program, is also senior strategist at the Center for Climate & Security and secretary general of the International Military Council on Climate & Security. She worked with Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, a 1959 Norwich University graduate, when he was U.S. Army chief of staff, scrutinizing climate change’s national security implications.
Adam Higginbotham (speaking noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday): This England-born author’s narrative nonfiction and feature writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Wired, Smithsonian magazine and The New York Times Magazine. “Midnight In Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster,” his first book, was published in the United States by Simon & Schuster in 2019. It’s an international best-seller and won the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and is this year’s Colby Book Award.
David Kilcullen (speaking 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday): This global security expert is a professor of practice in the Master’s in Global Security program at Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies. He is also a professor in the University of New South Wales’ School of Humanities and Social Sciences, a former New America senior fellow and current head of strategic research firm Cordillera Applications Group. Kilcullen is a former soldier and diplomat who served as a counterinsurgency adviser during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
William Lyons ’90 (moderating the “Weaponizing Water" panel discussion at noon Thursday): Lyons, the founder and chief executive officer of Fort Hill Cos. LLC, a Boston-based consultancy, has more than 30 years of experience in consulting, government, and technology. In the last 10 years, Lyons’s firm has executed projects in 18 countries on five continents for U.S. government clients, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Special Operations Command South. He is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and recently retired as an U.S. Army Reserves colonel.
Nicole Navarro ’21 (speaking 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday): Navarro, the Richard S. Schultz Symposium Fellow, is attending Norwich aiming to earn a U.S. Navy commission. The San Antonio resident and political science major, was chosen as the 2020 research officer for the Olmsted team and is the Norwich debate team president and a member of the women’s rugby team. She is also the Center for Civic Engagement’s Alternative Spring Break coordinator.