The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu February 28, 2013

My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl's Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize

   From her modest beginnings to becoming the tenth woman--and third American woman--to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Jody Williams is here to describe the ups and downs of her tumultuous and remarkable life.

Williams describes her Catholic roots, her first step on a long road to standing up to bullies with the defense of her deaf brother Stephen, her transformation from good girl to college hippie at the University of Vermont, and her protest of the war in Vietnam. She relates how, in 1981, she began her lifelong dedication to global activism as she battled to stop the U.S.-backed war in El Salvador.

Throughout the memoir, My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl's Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize, Williams underlines her belief that an "average woman"--through perseverance, courage and imagination--can make something extraordinary happen.

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