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Jackson School alumna receives Goldsmith and Sperber book prizes

September 21, 2022


Cover image of Elizabeth Becker's book You Don't Belong Here.Jackson School Alumna Elizabeth Becker has received the Harvard University Goldsmith Book Prize: Trade category and Fordham University Sperber Prize for her recent book You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War. The book tells the stories of three female journalists reporting on the Vietnam war from the field.

From the publisher, Public Affairs:

Kate Webb, an Australian iconoclast, Catherine Leroy, a French daredevil photographer, and Frances FitzGerald, a blue-blood American intellectual, arrived in Vietnam with starkly different life experiences but one shared purpose: to report on the most consequential story of the decade. At a time when women were considered unfit to be foreign reporters, Frankie, Catherine, and Kate challenged the rules imposed on them by the military, ignored the belittlement of their male peers, and ultimately altered the craft of war reportage for generations.

Journalist Elizabeth Becker in Kampuchea in 1978.

Elizabeth Becker in Kampuchea in 1978

Becker has remained a friend of the University of Washington over the years. In 2007 she began donating photographs and research notes from her trip to Democratic Kampuchea in 1978. These items now form the Elizabeth Becker Cambodia and Khmer Rouge Collection, housed in the UW Libraries’ Special Collections. The Becker Collection has since been used in a community outreach project led by Jenna Grant, and an award-winning library installation, The Age of the Kampuchea Picture. In February 2021 researchers and Becker herself joined Librarian Judith Henchy in an exploration of Southeast Asia collections at the UW Libraries. Watch Opening the Archives: Southeast Asia Collections at the UW Libraries on the Southeast Asia Center’s YouTube channel.