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2017 Residency Conference - Leading Today, Inspiring Tomorrow

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The 2017 Residency Conference will take place on the Norwich University campus June 19-June 23, 2017. There are many exciting events taking place during the week and we invite you to join us in Vermont for our annual Residency Conference as we celebrate the next class of Norwich alumni and all their accomplishments.
Residency Keynote Speaker
This year we are pleased to welcome P.W. Singer as the Todd Lecture Series and Residency keynote speaker. Singer, a strategist and senior fellow at New America and the author of multiple award-winning books, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on 21st century security issues. He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators. A book signing will follow his keynote address.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: Plumley Armory, Norwich University campus
“Last” Read Pilot Program
As a tie in with the 2017 Residency Conference keynote and Todd Lecture Series speaker, P.W. Singer, and in an effort to more fully engage students before attending Residency, we are piloting what we’re calling the “Last” Read Program—as in, the last book you’ll ever read as a Norwich student. This is based off of the campus’ First Read program which is promoted to incoming Freshmen. 
The book in this year’s pilot is Singer’s newest publication, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, which is co-written with author August Cole. As a supplement to the keynote lecture by Singer, we have invited Cole to campus for the Residency Conference to guide several book discussions that will focus on the following topics:
  • The Inter-Connected Nature of a New World War
  • The Technological and Political Ramifications of a US/China/Russia Conflict
  • The Art of World War III
We invite all members of the Norwich community to participate in this pilot program, as well as to participate in the book discussions.
First Annual Cyber Security Summit
Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies is pleased to announce the first annual Cyber Security Summit, taking place as an extension of the 2017 Residency Conference. The summit, presented in continuing education format, welcomes Norwich alumni and their guests, as well as others interested in exploring and discussing the latest in cyber security policy from both the federal level and the practical application of that policy on a local or business level.
Faculty from the Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program will be joined by a Computer Emergency Response Team and leading experts in Cyber Law and Critical Infrastructure in a series of workshops and discussions on key industry topics. 
The summit will take place from Monday, June 19 to Wednesday, June 21. The cost to attend is $650, and alumni can receive a $50 discount with the code NUAlum.
Who should attend? Mid- to executive-level managers looking to enhance their knowledge in the information assurance or cyber security fields. 
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Fifth Annual Leadership Summit
We will be hosting the fifth annual Leadership Summit during Residency this year. While we have organizations already booked for this year, we invite you and your organization to join us next year during the 2018 Residency Conference. During the Leadership Summit, you will work with a team of Norwich graduate students from all disciplines to address your top two leadership challenges in a day-long event. This powerful, no-cost event, gives your organization new perspectives and strategies for tackling your challenges. Additionally, your organization will receive two $4,000 tuition scholarships toward any of Norwich’s online graduate programs. If you are interested in participating in next year's Leadership Summit, contact Shelley Brown at (802) 485-2784.
2017 Commencement Ceremony
The Commencement Ceremony will cap off the week with remarks by author and international human rights activist Nazanin Afshin-Jam. Ms. Afshin-Jam is a 2011 graduate of the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program. Born in Tehran, her family fled to Canada during the Islamic revolution after her non-political father was arrested, tortured and nearly executed. She has gone on to become a singer/songwriter, actress, Miss World Canada and Miss World first runner-up in 2003, and President and co-founder of the Stop Child Executions organization.
WHEN: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM
WHERE: Shapiro Field House, Norwich University campus
For more information about these events and other Residency Conference sessions, please contact Megan Liptak, our Residency Conference & Events Coordinator at