Old Dominion University
October 1-4, 1984
Gloria Emerson's eloquent and unforgettably powerful work, Winners & Losers, received the 1978 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Winners & Losers presented America's reactions, and lack of reaction, to the Vietnam War, as well as her personal witness. From 1965 to 1972, Emerson was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, covering the Nigerian Civil War, Northern Ireland, and Vietnam. She was in Vietnam from 1970 to 1972. Among the many honors she has received for her writing is the 1971 George Polk Award for excellence in foreign reporting from Vietnam. More recently, Emerson has taken magazine assignments to El Salvador and Nicaragua. Her essays on Vietnam, Central America, and a variety of other subjects have appeared in Esquire, Harper's, Saturday Review, Vogue, Playboy, New Times, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair.
On Thursday afternoon Emerson will present a talk, "Writing About War," and answer questions from the audience. [extracted from 1984 brochure]