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Elizabeth Becker: You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote The Story of War

May 9 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Tuesday, May 9, 12:00–2:00 pm

Three women book a one way ticket to Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War. While journalism was still a highly male dominated field, these women put their lives on the line to report the horrors of the war with integrity and honesty. One spent twenty-three days in captivity. Another jumped off planes to get the perfect aerial shot. The other reported from war-torn slums and villages. Catherine Leroy, Frankie Fitzgerald and Kate Webb were the first female frontline journalists in the history of the US war reporting. Over the course of the Vietnam War they challenged the rules imposed on them, all in an effort to get the story straight. In You Don’t Belong Here, Becker tells the story of how three women forged a place for themselves and for generations of female reporters to come.

About the author:

Elizabeth Becker is an award-winning American journalist and author, most recently of You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War which won the 2022 Sperber Book Prize and Harvard’s Goldsmith Book Prize. Foreign Affairs named it the military book of the year.

An expert on Cambodia, she interviewed Pol Pot while he was in power and later was an expert witness at the international war crimes tribunal of the senior Khmer Rouge leaders. Her history When The War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge is now a classic and won accolades from the Robert F. Kennedy book award. She is the author of America’s Vietnam War: A Narrative History for young adults. Her 2013 book “OVERBOOKED: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism” was an Amazon book of the year and was hailed by Arthur Former as “required reading” about the future of global tourism. In 2019 Conde Nast Traveler named Becker one of the people who has changed how the world travels.

Becker covered international affairs for over four decades, beginning as a war correspondent in Cambodia for the Washington Post, as Senior Foreign Editor at National Public Radio and as a New York Times correspondent. She was part of the Times’ team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of 9/11. She won two DuPont Columbia awards for NPR coverage of the Rwanda genocide and South Africa’s first democratic election. She has reported from around the world including foreign postings in Phnom Penh and Paris.

The cash bar will open at 12:00 pm, lunch will be served at 12:30, and the program will run from 1:00–2:00.

  • In-person with luncheon: $30 for members; $35 for non-members
  • In-person no lunch or Zoom participation: $10 for both members and non-members


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