Money generated by the endowment supports symposium, William E. Colby Award and year-round student enrichment opportunities

Carlo D’Este proved his devotion to knowledge-sharing and scholarship every fall as co-founder and co-maintainer of the Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium. Norwich University Military Writers’ Associates, an advocacy group, has begun fundraising to support a symposium-supporting endowment in D’Este’s honor, the Carlo D'Este ’58 Military Writers’ Endowment.

D’Este, a 1958 Norwich graduate, decorated U.S. Army colonel and renowned military historian, died in November at age 84. 

Annual money generated by the endowment supports the operating costs of the symposium, the William E. Colby Award and year-round student enrichment opportunities on military history and current affairs. The 2020 symposium, for example, included a Norwich Pro℠-presented free microcertificate course on “The Arctic Circle’s Cold War,” taught by military history lecturer Dr. Tony Piscitelli. 

The symposium, in its 27th year, presents a real-world challenge and gathers experts bent on solving it.

The symposium, in its 27th year, presents a real-world challenge — weaponizing water was 2020’s topic — and gathers experts bent on solving it. The John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center and the Center for Global Resilience and Security present the symposium.

The Chicago-based Pritzker Military Foundation, a longtime Norwich University philanthropic partner, has committed $650,000 to the symposium. The foundation has also posed a $500,000 matching gift challenge through 2025 to expand the Carlo D'Este ’58 Military Writers’ Endowment and sustain the symposium. 

The symposium also hailed student scholarship, inviting 2020 Richard S. Schultz ’60 Symposium Fellowship recipient Nicole Navarro to present research on how China’s port control affects Tanzania.

Hailing student scholarship

“Being a part of this unique military symposium with scholars from all around the world has been the biggest honor and has allowed me to be able to further my education outside the classroom,” Navarro, who in graduated in May and commissioned into the U.S. Navy, said after she spoke. 

In Norwich University Military Writers’ Associates’ fall 2020 newsletter, Navarro’s 2021 classmate Zachary Jenkins said Norwich’s investment in its students, reflected in events like the symposium, has helped his generation better face the future. 

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This fall, Larenz Simpkins, the 2021 Schultz Scholarship recipient, will present research. (Photo courtesy John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center.)

“Norwich’s mission aligns with a forward-thinking and progressivism-focused strategy that emphasizes the value of not only skills-based aptitude, but also social proficiency, something 99% of my peer group lacks,” ” wrote Jenkins, who in May commissioned into the U.S. Army.

This fall, Larenz Simpkins, the 2021 Schultz Symposium Fellowship recipient, will present research aligning with the 2021 Military Writers’ Symposium theme, “Global Conflict or Cooperation? Evolving Arctic Security.” Simpkins, a rising junior from New London, Connecticut, is a  triple major in political science, history and studies in war and peace.

In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic, Military Writers’ Associates sponsored a student-organized campus screening of the Peter Jackson film “They Shall Not Grow Old,” which included a discussion with Dr. David J. Ulbrich, Norwich University’s history master’s program director. More than 200 people attended, including students, faculty and local community members. 

Military Writers’ Associates also recommends authors and aims to sustain and expand symposium appreciation by students, faculty and the public.

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Direct questions about the symposium or the Associates fundraising to Associates Chairman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. M’14. Give to the Carlo D'Este ’58 Military Writers’ Endowment here. 


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