The 2017 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium 

The Colby Symposium attracts world-class thought leaders and nationally-acclaimed authors to Norwich for two days each April to engage with students, faculty, staff and alumni. Register to attend.


  • COL Robert Dalessandro, USA (Ret.)

COL Dalessandro serves as a commissioner for the World War I Centennial Commission and Deputy Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission. Considered one of the Army’s foremost experts on battlefield interpretation, COL Dalessandro has previously served as a member of the Senior Executive Service and Executive Director/Chief of Military History, U.S. Army Center of Military History.

  • Michael Neiberg, PhD

Prof. Michael Neiberg is a professor of history in the department of national security and strategy at the U.S. Army War College. Neiberg has published widely on the theme of war in the world, especially in the era of the two world wars. Neiberg is the inaugural chair in war studies at the Army War College.

  • Jennifer Keene, PhD 

Jennifer Keene is a professor of history and chair of the History Department at Chapman University. Keene has published three books on the American involvement in the First World War, and is currently working on a book detailing the African American experience during the First World War and a project comparing the experiences of soldiers from the French and British empires during World War I. Keene is on the advisory board of the International Society for First World War Studies and serves as the book review editor for the Journal of First World War Studies.