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 2012 Visionary-in-Residence: Helen Benedict


Women, War and Silence
Helen Benedict

We are honored to have Helen Benedict as the Center for Women and 2012 Gender Visionary in Residence! Please join us in welcoming her to Dartmouth!


Helen Benedict is the author of six novels and five books of nonfiction. Her latest novel, Sand Queen, set in the Iraq War, was published in 2011 by Soho Press. Culled from real life stories of female soldiers and Iraqis, Sand Queen offers a story of love, courage and struggle from the rare perspective of two young women on opposite sides of a war. (
Helen Benedict's books, Sand Queen, and The Lonely Soldier, along with her articles about the sexual assault of women in the military, inspired the award-winning documentary, The Invisible War, shown to acclaim at Sundance, 2012. Benedict's work also inspired a landmark law suit against the Pentagon on behalf of victims of military sexual assault, and won the 2010 EMMA award from the National Political Caucus, the Ken Book Award, and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. (



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