Norwich Voices for International Women’s Day, Lunch and Learn session on ‘Pandemia’s Black Feather’ lead events

A virtual Lunch and Learn discussion on Norwich University Uniform Store seamstress and adjunct art instructor Samantha R. Talbot-Kelly’s “Pandemia’s Black Feather” art installation, the annual spoken-word International Women’s Day performance and a virtual job fair for School of Architecture+Art students highlight the week ahead.

The “Lunch and Learn,” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, will examine “Pandemia’s Black Feather,” on display at the Sullivan Museum and History Center, in a prerecorded discussion between Talbot-Kelly and Katherine Taylor-McBroom, the curator of exhibits and collections.

The central figure in the installation is Pandemia, a fictional goddess and spiritual warrior named for the classical Greek word for pandemic (πανδημία). She’s composed of masks in a variety of fabrics, materials and colors (including many blacks and silvers), interspersed with feathers and outfitted on a mannequin. The connected fabrics cascade and sweep around to the floor to form a fashionable sci-fi couture dress.

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“Pandemia’s Black Feather” stands tall in the Sullivan Museum and History Center. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

Talbot-Kelly said she started making cloth masks in March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, for Norwich’s Facility Operations staff and for international students who were living on campus but couldn’t return home immediately. She hasn’t stopped sewing masks for her community, or her installation, since.

In a recent episode of WDEV radio’s “Vermont Viewpoint” show, Talbot-Kelly said Pandemia is both abstract and figurative — standing as an allegory of mourning, and both static and kinetic — striking a midstride pose suggesting movement away from her trailing cape of masks.

Click here for information on the Lunch and Learn.

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IMPORTANT VOICES: A virtual version of its annual spoken-word Norwich Voices for International Women’s Day performance will run Friday.

Norwich Voices, in its fourth iteration, has Jeffry Casey, an assistant professor of theater, as adviser and the university and the Pegasus Players theater troupe as co-hosts. In it, students, faculty and staff share poems, stories and speeches describing women’s and women-identified people’s triumphs and struggles on campus and around the world.

“These are women taking the lead on women’s issues on this campus in a way that is all about them supporting one another and finding room for their own voices,” Casey told the Norwich Guidon in February 2019, describing that year’s “Voices” participants. “That is leadership that is really unique and powerful. … The idea of including more people in the conversation is really important.”

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Norwich University men’s lacrosse head coach Neal Anderson is the featured guest on the latest “Reveille” podcast. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

GOAL-ORIENTED: When bestselling author and grit expert Dr. Angela Duckworth spoke on campus last week during the Todd Lecture Series, men’s lacrosse coach and Assistant Athletic Director Neal Anderson moderated. Given how much he knows about grit, Anderson’s assignment was apt; he piloted the Cadets to nine straight conference postseason appearances entering the 2020 season and thrice earned GNAC Coach of the Year.

This week, Anderson is the guest on “Reveille,” a podcast by the Norwich University Athletics Department. In the episode, available here, Anderson talks to Norwich University Multimedia Specialist and host Tanner Acebo about building a championship program, overcoming obstacles and interacting with Duckworth.

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DRAWN OUT: The School of Architecture+Art, part of the College of Professional Schools, will present the third and final leg of a series to prepare students for careers — a virtual job fair.

The fair, from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, follows an informal portfolio and résumé review and mock job interviews with Board of Fellows members earlier in the month. Tolya Stonorov, an associate professor of architecture at Norwich University and a practicing architect, organized the events.

Stonorov said earlier this month that 15 architecture firms expressed interest in participating in the fair and students would receive a virtual sign-up sheet to book appointments.

“The whole country is hurting from this pandemic,” she said this month, “and we want to do everything we can as a school to help our students get really good jobs.”

Click here for details on the virtual job fair.

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Norwich chemistry and biochemistry professor Seth Frisbie and Erika Mitchell, Ph.D., his wife and research partner of more than 20 years, led a study that analyzed manganese levels in 44 varieties of infant formula and toddler nutritional beverages sold in the U.S. and France. (Photo courtesy Seth Frisbie.)

EYE ON SCIENCE: A webinar from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday will focus on research by Norwich University chemistry and biochemistry Professor Seth Frisbie and Dr. Erika Mitchell, his wife and research partner of more than 20 years. The work analyzed manganese levels in 44 varieties of infant formula and toddler nutritional beverages sold in the United States and France.

The research found that manganese concentrations were 32 to 1,000 times greater in those products than levels reported in human breast milk. Although manganese is an essential nutrient in trace amounts, research over the past decade suggests excess exposure turns the heavy metal into a neurotoxin with serious adverse effects on child neurodevelopment.

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— PLAN TO SUCCEED: The Career and Internship Center will hold a session on planning for summer internships from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, featuring instructions on applying for internships, their time commitments, what to expect and how to request course credit. Click here for details.

During the week, the center will hold three virtual meet-the-employer sessions through the Handshake application. Click here for the schedule.

— GLOBAL SOCIAL: The International Center will host an afternoon of sledding, s’mores and a bonfire at the Shaw Outdoor Center on Tuesday. From 1 to 5 p.m., students can socialize and relax. Details:

TRUE COLORS: The Campus Activities Board will schedule a virtual Paint Night at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Click here for details.

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Click here for a complete list of upcoming Norwich University events.

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