NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University will host the seventh International Symposium of Military Academies (ISOMA), to be held Oct. 4 through Oct. 8, 2021, on its Northfield, Vermont, campus.

Norwich University will be the first-ever American destination for ISOMA. Besides joining meetings and conference sessions on a wide variety of topics, participants from approximately 15 nations will tour Montpelier and Burlington, Vermont, over five days.

ISOMA works within the framework of the International Association of Military Academies (IAMA), which promotes knowledge and competency sharing among member military academies.

Norwich University welcomes retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and the Commander of U.S. European Command, as keynote presenter at the ISOMA at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 in Plumley Armory. This event, which will also be livestreamed, is free and open to the public.

“It is truly an honor for Norwich to host ISOMA 2021,” John and Mary Frances Patton Peace and War Center Director and Professor Dr. Travis Morris said. “Military academy delegates from around the world will be on our campus to discuss how to best prepare future military leaders to confront and overcome complex 21st-century challenges.

“As military academies, we all share a common vision of developing leaders that are intelligent, resilient, and competent,” Morris added, “Our students, faculty and staff will have the unique opportunity to learn from some of the globe’s leaders in military education, which will contribute to Norwich leading into the next 100 years.”

To coincide with the conference, the university will publish a special ISOMA edition of Norwich’s Journal of Peace and War Studies (JPWS) aligned with the theme, “Preparing Military Leaders to Effectively Resolve 21st Century Service Challenges.”

Symposium subthemes include:

  • Relationships for military leaders: Working with partner nations and meeting civil-military challenges.
  • Mastering new domains: Developing military leaders’ capacity beyond traditional conceptions of land, sea and air, e.g., cyber/information, environmental challenges and security.
  • Foundational methods: The cornerstones of our success: leadership, ethics and educational challenges/methods.

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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 U.S. Army Capt. Captain Alden Partridge 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).

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