News Briefs – Fall 2017

News Briefs – Fall 2017

Thanks to the student volunteers for continuing the tradition, 12 years now at Norwich University, of memorializing the fallen on 9/11.




On September 27, students in Dr. Emily Gray’s Reformation Europe history course visited Dartmouth’s Rauner Library to view illuminated manuscripts, early printed Bibles, and early Reformation pamphlets.



On September 10, Norwich University Cadets were given the opportunity to qualify for the German Olympic Sports Badge, a ribbon awarded by the German military. Over 120 cadets participated in the event, proctored by Major Thomas Kraubitz, a visiting officer of the German Army. Any person may qualify for the badge if the test is given by an authorized judge. Cadets were tested in various physical categories, including long jump, tetherball throw, 3-kilometer run, 100-meter sprint, and swim qualification. Out of the bronze, silver, and gold awards, all cadets achieved either silver or gold overall. The Corps is thankful to Major Kraubitz for offering this chance for cadets to obtain one of the oldest awards in the German armed forces. The event was sparked by the Peace and War Center and facilitated through the Norwich University Corps of Cadets.


RadioFX is coming to WNUB-FM and will REVOLUTIONIZE the way we reach and communicate with our listeners! RadioFX offers real-time chat between the on-air personalities and the listeners, social media integration, a dynamic programming schedule that allows users to view all programming and specialty shows—all with mobile alerts—and many other features. Simply go to the App Store or Play Store on your mobile device, search for RadioFX, then download and install it.  Soon, WNUB will be showing up in the list with scores of other college radio stations around the country, allowing you to have real-time access to DJs, program schedules, our studio telephone #, WNUB’s Facebook page, and of course our live audio stream!


Brandon Bursey ’19 has just begun an internship in the news department of WCAX-TV, a CBS affiliate, in Burlington.


This fall Pegasus Productions will present Party Time and The New World Order by Nobel Prize-Winning playwright Harold Pinter. Performances are scheduled for November 9, 10, and 11.


Dr. Arthur Hilson gave a presentation titled, “Civil Rights in the Age of Trump” on Oct. 4, 2017, in the Todd Multipurpose Room of the Kreitzberg Library. The lecture was sponsored by the Eber Spencer Fund of the College of Liberal Arts. A highly decorated US Navy veteran of both Korea and Vietnam, Hilson is a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal, the highest award for leadership presented by the Secretary of the Navy.


The Peace and War Center sponsored a talk by Renee Michelle Ragin on October 16, 2017, on “Libya’s Impact on Department of State Policy in the Sahel.” Ragin is a PhD Candidate with Duke University’s Program in Literature and is earning a certificate in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to Duke, Renee was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State serving in Washington, D.C., and Saudi Arabia.


The Writers Series has scheduled the following events this semester:

Theo Padnos, Sept 26: Theo Padnos is the author of two books. My Life Has Stood a Loaded Gun, a book that explores teaching poetry to Vermont inmates. His second book, Undercover Muslim, addresses Islamic extremism. Padnos has a unique perspective on violent extremism and has witnessed it up close.  In 2012, he was captured and tortured by Al Qaeda. His stories give insight to what happened while he was in captivity and he explains his personal feelings and thoughts while he relives his torturous past. Padnos has also starred in a documentary, Theo Who Lived, of his abduction and captivity. Sponsors: CoLA, English Department, Peace and War Center

Joseph Mazur, Nov 15: Joseph Mazur is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Marlboro College, in Marlboro, Vt. Many of his works have appeared in Nature, New York Times, and several other publications. He has been profiled in media venues such as NPR’s “The Hidden Brain” and PRI’s “Innovation Lab,” CBS, the BBC, Vox, Radio Australia, Radio Ireland, and dozens of others. He is the author of Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Mathematics, which was a Finalist of the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award and also one of Choice’s 2005 Outstanding Academic Titles of the Year; The Motion Paradox: The 2,500-Year Old Puzzle Behind All the Mysteries of Time and Space (Choice’s 2007 Outstanding Academic Titles of the Year); What’s Luck Got to Do with It? The History, Mathematics, and Psychology behind the Gambler’s Illusion; Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers; and, his most recent book, Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence. Sponsors: COLA, English Department, Mathematics

John Hausdoerffer, Nov 16: John Hausdoerffer is Professor of Environment, Sustainability, and Philosophy at Western State Colorado University, where he also serves as Executive Director of the Center for Environment & Sustainability and as Director of the Master in Environmental Management program. His research seeks philosophical intersections between environmental ethics and environmental justice. Hausdoerffer’s first book, Catlin’s Lament: Indians, Manifest Destiny, and the Ethics of Nature, analyzes George Catlin’s attempt to merge early environmental perspectives with native justice movements during the era of Indian Removal. He is the co-editor, with the Center’s Gavin Van Horn, of Wildness: Relations of People and Place. In 2014 John also served as editor for Aaron Abeyta’s new book of poetry, Letters from the Headwaters. John lives in Gunnison, Colorado. Sponsors: COLA, English Department, Global Resiliency and Security


The CoLA Colloquia Series for 2017-2018 has a trio of talks focused on Cuba, prefaced by one on China’s New Silk Road:

Sept 12 “China’s New Silk Road: The Strategic Outflanking of America” – Sarwar Kashmeri, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Applied Research Fellow with Peace and War Center

Oct 10 “The Cuba You Will Never See Again” – Judith Stallings-Ward, Associate Professor of Spanish, Dept. of Modern Languages

Oct 24 “The Cuban Influence on North American Music” – Toni Basanta, Radio Producer and DJ for The Cuban Bridge

Nov 14 “Cuba in the Era of Raúl Castro” – Gina Sherriff, Associate Professor of Spanish

Dec 12 “Ernest Hemingway in Cuba” – Andrew Knauf, Professor of English


Kim Ward, Adjunct Professor in English, and founder of The Vermont Playwrights Circle (VPC), a nonprofit supporting Vermont writers, has just completed her tenth year of producing VPC’s short play festival, called TenFest. Over those years, VPC has showcased 97 plays by over 45 playwrights. Other Norwich faculty involved this year include Jeanne Beckwith, the mastermind behind creating TenFest, and Brett Cox, both of whom have had plays showcased by TenFest over the years, which chooses its scripts via anonymous judging. The Off Center for the Arts in Burlington, Vt., held its first Annual Spring Open Artist Showcase this past May, where Ms. Ward showcased her ten-minute musical, “Man versus Squirrel,” and Dr. Beckwith staged her short play, “The Last Detective.” More information can be found at


Kristin Chandler, Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, recently responded to a request from the Danville School to speak to a new criminal justice class comprising sophomores and juniors. At the teacher’s request, Kristin taught the class about domestic violence prosecution using a past case to emphasize some of the challenges in this field of prosecution. She also presented the students with a case she prosecuted involving five juveniles, four of whom had dared the fifth to push another juvenile from a railroad trestle into the water below. This led to a lively discussion around intent, accomplice liability, good Samaritan law and the burden of proof. The class has invited Professor Chandler to return to answer additional questions and provide some more insight into criminal justice.  


In October, Adjunct Professor Kristin Chandler’s Evidence class heard from Montpelier Police Department’s Evidence Technician, Jeffrey Pearson, about the complexities of handling evidence, crime-scene processing, using demonstrative evidence, chain of custody, and other issues that arise in a municipal department around evidence storage. 


October 31, 2017, marks 500 years since Martin Luther disseminated his 95 Theses and splintered western Christianity. Emily Gray, Associate Professor of History, has spent much of this year working to make sense of this event and its meaning within European history. In April, she organized a colloquium for scholars at the Trapp Lodge in Stowe, Vt., on the theme of “Liberty and Authority in Martin Luther’s 95 Theses.” Later, she was interviewed about Luther’s complex relationship with authority by Dr. Anthony Gill of the University of Washington for the “Research on Religion” podcast sponsored by the Baylor Institute for Studies on Religion. She spent the month of June in Augsburg, Germany, doing archival research on the progress of the early Reformation in the city in preparation for a revamped Reformation Europe course offered in Fall 2017, which includes a role immersion simulation of the Reformation debates of the Augsburg City Council between 1524 and 1537.


At the 15th annual Faculty Scholarship Celebration, Oct 17-19, the following CoLA faculty made presentations in the Kreitzberg Library:

– “Book Talk: The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg campaigns,” Presentation by Professor Steven Sodergren

– “Throwing a Hip Hop Narrative:  The Pottery of Robert Lugo,” Presentation by Professor Patricia J. Ferreira

– “Stories of the Season: ‘Consider the Services of the Departed’ and ‘See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,'” Presentation by Professor F. Brett Cox

– “Impending Apocalypse? North Korean Nuclear/Missile Threats and American Response,” Presentation by Professor Yangmo Ku