Colin Powell to visit Norwich University

The following press release was just issued from Norwich University:

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star U.S. Army general Colin L. Powell will observe Veterans Day at Norwich University and deliver the Fall 2014 Todd Lecture Series talk on campus at 7 p.m. in Shapiro Field House.

Both Tuesday, Nov. 11 events are free and open to the public.

Distinguished by his public service over the course of his 50-year career, Powell has held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations.

From 1987–1989, Powell served as President Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor. He served from 1989–1993 as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. President George W. Bush appointed Powell the 65th Secretary of State, a nomination unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Since leaving public office, Powell has focused on improving educational opportunities for young people and issues of national economic development and efficient energy use.

The author of two best-selling books, “My American Journey” and “It Worked for Me,” he currently serves on numerous boards, including the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York (his alma mater) and the Council on Foreign Relations.

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Norwich University will honor all veterans in a remembrance ceremony to be held at 3 p.m. on campus on the Upper Parade Ground. Events will include a review of the entire Corps of Cadets, which currently stands at 1,450 members. General Powell will serve as the reviewing officer, and he will receive special honors. Powell will also accompany undergraduate Cadet Colonel Regan Steen, NU’15, in placing a memorial wreath.

The ceremony will include special remarks by Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, (USA Ret.) and President Richard W. Schneider. Sullivan ’59, serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Norwich. All veterans, family members and their supporters are invited to attend. Accessible parking and seating are available.

Later that evening, Powell will present “Leadership: Taking Charge,” the Fall 2014 Todd Lecture Series talk at 7 p.m. in Shapiro Field House. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Seating will be first come, first served. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of Army Maj. Gen. Russell Todd (USA Ret.) and his wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the university. Todd ’50, serves as Norwich President Emeritus. With this series, Norwich brings the nation’s foremost thought leaders from the worlds of business, politics, the arts, science, the military and other disciplines to campus. All events are free and open to the public.


˜˜˜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 and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

 In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here:    

This should be an interesting talk – the Todd Lecture is an ongoing thing at Norwich, and I come away from each one with a full head. This one (even if you don’t necessarily agree with him politically) should be an interesting one.

Vermont Gets Its Own Comic Con

Featured artist Nick Bradshaw

Seven Days covers the upcoming VT Comic Con:

Hey, Vermont geeks: Ever wanted to meet a zombie from “The Walking Dead”? What about Mr. McFeely, the mailman from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”? Or maybe you’ve been looking for an excuse to rub elbows withJames Kochalka, the state’s first cartoonist laureate.

You’re in luck. The first annualVermont Comic Con happens this weekend, October 25 to 26, at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington. Those characters, and a host of others, will be in town for the family-friendly event, organized by New Hampshire-based Moulton Comic Expo in conjunction with Comic Art House.

Read the full article here.


Dr. Prida’s Horror Show is Oct. 29 at Hop ‘N Moose

This looks interesting: the College of St. Joseph is holding a horror show on October 29th down at the Hop’n Moose Brewing company in Rutland. This appears to be a presentation on popular culture and some of the deeper roots of horror in America.

From ghouls and ghosts and long-leggedy beasties to things that go bump in the night, CSJ’s mad professor of English and pop culture will take a fun look at what scares us the most and why we love it.

Just in time for Halloween, College of St. Joseph presents Dr. Prida’s Horror Show at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at Hop ‘N Moose in Downtown Rutland. Enjoy good food and friends while gaining the forbidden knowledge behind the reasons clowns freak us out and we wonder aloud about the Zombie Apocalypse.

CSJ Associate Professor Dr. Jonas Prida will present topics that include the culture of horror in the U.S. and elsewhere; scary icons such as dolls, clowns, and monsters; and discussions with the audience about the most frightening books and movies of all time.

Why are American Horror Story and Walking Dead such popular television shows these days? Why do we love horror movies and Halloween? Jonas is just dying to tell you.

The presentation is free and open to all who dare to attend. Summon your friends, because Hop ‘N Moose will create a special, themed cocktail for the event.


Interview with the Organizers of Vermont Comic Con

Vermont Comic Con is coming up this Saturday and Sunday! We had an opportunity to chat with the organizer of the event, J. Moulton.

Geek Mountain State: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. With Vermont ComicCon coming up this week, what can you tell us about how Vermont Comic Con came to be?
Jason Moulton:  Vermont Comiccon is the culmination of an idea to bring a complete pop culture experience to an art rich community that until now did not have a Comiccon. Vermont is well known for having a fantastic art presence.

GMS: What can you tell us about Moulton Comic Expo, and how did they get into organizing conventions?
JM:  J Moulton, owner of Moulton Comic Expo grew up a lifelong fan of comics, tv and pop culture. With a desire for community awareness, charity and business, he ventured out to promote art and pop culture in a convention setting. Keeping with his charitable background, he chooses a charity for every event attached to his company.

GMS: Where do you hope to see VTCC go from here, provided your first year is successful?
JM:  our first year is successful already strictly measured by the community’s support and from the response to the event. In the future we will only grow as much as the community sees fit. We hope to bring a crowd pleasing show for years to come.

GMS: What makes Vermont special when it comes to comics and cartooning?
JM:  Vermont is a hot spot for art and artists of many mediums. Comic legends are from here from Frank Miller to James Kochalka. We have been fortunate to have some wonderful guests from Vermont.

GMS: Vermont doesn’t have much of a convention scene: Why do you think that there hasn’t been a Vermont Comic Con here in recent years?
JM:  We believe that Vermont has not had a convention in recent years because they have been overlooked and under appreciated in their fandom. Vermont has a need for an event such as this and through grassroots organization and community involvement we have realized the scene is there but hidden.

GMS: Finally, what are you the most excited about for this convention?
JM: we are most excited to bring the first licensed Comiccon to an artful community and seeing those artists gain exposure with their craft. We are also excited to see the result if a lot of hard work and sleepless nights. :)

Geek Things for October 22nd, 2014

  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 7 pm, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $15; preregister. (Ghosts)
  • Environmental & Health Sciences Speaker Series – “Laboratory Techniques to Evaluate the Connection Between Exercise, Hunger and Energy Intake.” 4-5:15 pm, Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, Johnson. (Science)
  • Tech Tutor Program, 5:30-8 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Tech)
  • ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’, 8 pm, MainLine Theatre, Montréal. Canada. $15-20. (Theater)
  • Sumo Bots: Robotics Club, 3-4 pm, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Robots)
  • Magic: The Gathering – Draft – $12 Entry Fee, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • D&D Encounters, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Solar 101, 7:00PM-8:00PM, Fox Room, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. (Solar)
  • Looking for Signs of Life in the Cosmos. 1:30pm, Aldrich Library, Barre. $5 donation. (Astronomy)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive. 9am – 3:00pm, National Life, Montpelier. (Blood)
  • Solar Heat Workshop. 5:30-6:30 pm, Brown Public Library, Northfield. (Solar)
  • Pokemon League, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounters, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Physics Colloquium – “Enhanced Superfluid Response of Parahydrogen in Nanoscale Confinement,” 4:05 pm to 5:15 pm, Kalkin Building 003, UVM, Burlington. (Physics)
  • Archer Mayor – “Proof Positive” reading & discussion, 6;30pm, New Milford Public Library, New Milford, CT. (Authors)
  • Board Game Day & Night, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)

New Books In Science Fiction Interviews Brian Staveley


New Books in Science Fiction interviews Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor’s Blades:

In his interview on New Books in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Staveley describes the three types of tension that power good storytelling: psychological, social, and environmental. “If you’re writing a mountaineering story,” he explains, “the psychological tension might be one character’s fear of heights, and the social tension might be that two of the characters on the expedition hate each other, and then the environmental tension would be that there are constant avalanches trying to destroy them. And I think the stories I like … combine all three of those.”

Listen to the podcast here.

Late Night Dance Party: Futurpocalypse

Saturday at 11:00pm, Montpelier seems like it’ll be the place to be. Three Penny Taproom is hosting Futpocalypse, a futuristic dance party.

Cyborgs, androids, aliens, space punks, inter-dimensional cowboys.. It’s the year 9 billion and DJ Slingularity be rollin’ a stretch DeLorean full of club beats and warped-out visuals. From 90’s throwbacks to today’s dirtiest and most offensive, prepare to get your Möbius stripped.

Looks like fun. Sign up here.

Geek Things for October 21st, 2014

  • ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’, 7 pm, Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington. Free; first come, first served. (Movies)
  • Mathematics Seminar – Zombies & Calculus: A Survival Guide, 3 – 4:15pm, Warner 202, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Math)
  • Magic the Gathering EDH/Casual play, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Tuesday Night Fights! Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)
  • Board Game Night, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mathematics Colloquium Series – “Using Numerical Models to Explore Coastal Ocean Currents”, 12:10 PM – 1:10 PM, Room 295, Cabot Science, Norwich University, Northfield. (Math)
  • Story Explorers: Every Autumn Comes the Bear, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, ECHO, Burlington. (Kids)
  • Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories, 11:00 AM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
  • VAS Board Meeting, 7:30 PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • 802MTG and 802RPG Burlington, 5:00pm – 7:45pm, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Game Night in Danby, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Silas Griffith Inn, Danby. (Gaming)
  • MTG:Cubesday Tuesday, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • CVHHH Public Flu Clinic. 9-11am, Barre Auditorium, Barre. For info. call CVHHH flu hotline at 224-2299 or (Flu)
  • Guided Nature Walk, 9am, Barre Town Forest, meet at Brook St. parking area, Barre Town. Info. 476-4185. (Walk)
  • Public Hearing on Aerial Hunting. 6:30pm, Pavilion Auditorium, Montpelier. (Tech)
  • Tuesday Night Magic: Modern, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Archer Mayor, “Proof Positive” reading & discussion, 7:00pm, Ruben Hoar Library, Littleton MA. (Authors)
  • Rock Cycle and Plate Tectonics, 9:00 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Teaching)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 7 pm, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $15; preregister. (Ghosts)
  • Public Flu Clinic, 9:30-10:30 am, CarePartners Adult Day Care Center, St. Albans. (Flu)
  • Science Story Time: ‘Stones & Bones’, 11 am, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Kids)
  • ECHO AfterDark: Café Scientifique, 6-8 pm, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $5; free for members; cash bar. (Science)
  • Knights of the Mystic Movie Club, 8 pm, Main Street Museum, White River Junction. (Movies)
  • Writer’s Circle, 5:30-7 pm, The Wellness Co-op, Burlington. (Writing)