Author, Former Vietnam War Correspondent to Speak Oct. 9

Jurate Kazickas, an Elon parent who was a war correspondent in Vietnam, will speak on "Women War Correspondents from Vietnam to Iraq" at 4 p.m. Thursday in Whitley Auditorium.

Jurate Kazickas (center)
Kazickas is author of a chapter in the book “War Torn” (Random House, 2002) and taught a course at New York University last year titled “Women and War.”

She was born in Lithuania and, as a child, emigrated to the United States with her family aboard the USS Ernie Pyle, named for the famed World War II reporter killed on the battlefield. She graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and became a researcher for Look magazine and a newspaper reporter. She went to Vietnam at age 24 as a freelance writer under the auspices of the North American Newspaper Alliance, a magazine and a Lithuanian newspaper. She is the co-author of books on women’s history and most recently has been active in refugee relief work, traveling to Bosnia, Rwanda and Afghanistan.

She and her husband, former Deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary Roger Altman, have three children, including a daughter at Elon.

Her campus presentation is sponsored by the School of Communications.