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Monday, March 1, 2010

Norwich to hold 15th annual military writers’ symposium

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2010
Contact: Daphne Larkin


Norwich to hold 15th annual military writers’ symposium

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (March 1, 2010)
– Norwich University will hold its 15th annual Colby Military Writers’ Symposium on Thursday, March 4 and Friday, March 5 with five authors engaged in presentations and a panel discussion.

The theme for this year’s symposium is: America at the Crossroads: The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have consumed a combined 15 years, with no clear resolution. While the situation in Iraq has greatly improved, the future of Afghanistan and the problems of Pakistan provide only uncertainty and controversy. President Obama’s recent announcement that 30,000 additional troops are being sent to Afghanistan signals an even deeper American commitment. Our mission and role in Afghanistan and the lessons of Vietnam and Iraq are among the important issues that will be discussed at the 2010 Colby Symposium.

Highlights of the event include a panel discussion with the authors on Thursday at 1 p.m. in Plumley Armory. And on Friday at 2 p.m. in Dole Auditorium the military veterans’ communications seminar will present a screening of “The War at Home,” http://bit.ly/WarAtHome a student-produced documentary film made up of interviews with veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A full schedule of events and author biographies can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/NUColby

Founded in 1996 by Carlo D´Este, W.E.B Griffin, and Ambassador William E. Colby, and renamed in the latter’s memory in 1997, the Colby Symposium has brought more than 50 top authors, historians, and filmmakers to Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., for a two-day residency to participate in open forums, lectures and other related functions.


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 Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army. Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States of America and the birthplace of our nation's Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu