Campus Thanksgiving dinner, discussion of Shakespeare’s influence on 1950s horror comics highlight activities

Is this a comic I see before me? Well, yes. (And a dinner plate, too.)

A Dana I Category lecture on Shakespearean allusions in Entertaining Comics horror comics, a tactical seminar on the academic end-of-semester push, and the annual Thanksgiving dinner, now back in person, highlight the activities calendar as the campus heads toward Thanksgiving recess. 

— BREAKING BREAD: At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Norwich University will hold its Campus Thanksgiving Dinner in Wise Campus Center’s dining hall. As Sonja Jordan, a 2019 graduate and former Guidon student newspaper reporter, wrote, the dinner lets Corps of Cadets members reconstitute their “rook families” to eat together and pose for stairwell pictures, often in special just-for-the-occasion uniform-accompanying shirts.

“Platoons of sophomores meet up where they used to form up every morning during rookdom, and stand in the gutter (as) they used to when they were rooks,” she wrote in the Odyssey Online in November 2016. “Their old cadre fall them in and march them to chow, and file them in like they did a year prior. It truly is a trip down memory lane. … Even those who are abroad are included with video phone calls to join in with their family thinking of them so far away.”

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Norwich University cadets who bonded as rooks gather for a 2019 Campus Thanksgiving Dinner photo on the stairwell at the Wise Campus Center’s dining hall. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

­— WORDS UP: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, the Center for Global Resilience and Security will celebrate international education and global exchange with a word-cloud mural activity in Kreitzberg Library’s lobby. 

The center’s fellows will write words or sentences about what “global,” “resilience,” or “security” means to them. There will be multilingual stickers, too, in case students want to contribute non-English words. 

— ENTER STAGE RIGHT: The Pegasus Players theater troupe will hold student auditions for their spring musical, the Tony Award-winning John Kander-Fred Ebb musical “Chicago” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Mack Hall’s auditorium. 

Students wishing to act, play music, sing, dance or work backstage in the show should complete this form before coming to audition.

— PREPARE THE PALETTE: From 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, the Campus Activities Board will lead “Paint Night - Moonlit Aurora Lake,” a virtual activity painting class. The board will supply materials; students may pick them up on event day in Wise Campus Center Room 211. Students who register will receive a Zoom link by email; space is limited to the first 40 students.

— ‘AX ONE, SCREAM ONE’:  an associate professor of English will at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in Kreitzberg Library’s Todd Multipurpose Room discuss William Shakespeare's allusive presence on 1950s horror comics, which repulsed authorities with bloody plots and grotesque imagery.

Charles A. Dana Category I Lectures are delivered by professors who received grants from the Dana Foundation, a New York-based philanthropic organization advancing brain research and advocating for brain research’s potential. 

Shakespeare is a particular research interest for Pivetti, who co-authored the 2018 book “Shakespeare at Peace,” contributed to the 2020 book “Shakespeare and Geek Culture” and wrote articles on Shakespeare for academic journals.

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Cybersecurity students listen to a lecture in Mack Hall in 2019. Two cybersecurity webinars Thursday will examine online data protection and subliminal messages on voice-activated devices. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

­— OPERATION FINISH LINE: From 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, the Academic Achievement Center, from its fourth-floor space in Kreitzberg Library, will offer a study tactics workshop to prepare students to weather final exams, complete projects and finish academically strong as the fall semester concludes. 

— EYE ON CYBERSECURITY: Two virtual National Security Agency Center for Academic Excellence forums on cybersecurity will run Thursday. 

At 1 p.m., Monowar Hassan, an assistant professor in Wichita State University’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, will discuss techniques to protect cyberphysical systems against cyberattacks, especially those focusing on physically damaging physical plants.

At 2 p.m., Shengzhi Zhang, an assistant professor of computer science at Boston University, will discuss surreptitious messages, such as voice commands embedded into songs, that can weaponize to automatic speech recognition systems such as Google Home, Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s Siri. Admission is free; see details.

— WHAT DO YOU SAY?: From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the English Department, part of Norwich University’s College of Liberal Arts, will lead “NU Speaks: A Celebration of Public Speaking and Debate.” The topic is “Should students be given the Alternative Grade option for the Fall semester?” 

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READY, BREAK!: The Thanksgiving academic break starts Saturday and goes for a week. This column will return when the students do.

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