2017-18 Series

Below is information from the Fall 2017 Writers Series.

Theo Padnos
4 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Kreitzberg Library
Todd Multipurpose Room

If you missed Theo talk, you can watch it below.


And you can listen to an interview with Theo at Norwich University.

You can read a review of Padnos’s visit here in the College of Liberal Arts’s newletter.

The Peace and War Center, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English and Communications, and the Writers Series are excited to welcome Theo Padnos to Norwich University. 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 into what happened while he was in captivity and he explains his personal feelings and thoughts while he relives his torturous past.

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 also starred in a documentary, Theo Who Lived, about his abduction and captivity.

Padnos will read and then will open for questions.



Joseph Mazur
4 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Kreitzberg Library
Todd Multipurpose Room

Norwich Mathematics, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English and Communications, and the Writers Series are excited to welcome Joseph Mazur to Norwich University. Joseph Mazur is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Marlboro College, in Marlboro, Vermont. 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 chosen as a Finalist of the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award and chosen as 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 IllusionEnlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers; and, his most recent book, Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence.

Below, Joe does an interview with Norwich University about his writing.

Watch Joe’s talk at Norwich University below.




John Hausdoerffer
4 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017
Kreitzberg Library
Todd Multipurpose Room

The Center for Global Resiliency, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English and Communications, and the Writers Series are excited to welcome John Hausdoerffer to Norwich University. 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 the 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, analyzed 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.

Watch John Hausdoerffer talk about his ideas on wildness in the below video.

You can watch a video of Hausdoerffer talking about his writing and editing process below.

You can watch Hausdoerffer’s talk below.