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Read 2 Succeed: This Semesters' Events

Information on current and Past Read 2 Succeed Events.

Featured Book

Other Library Resources About Female Soldiers in War

History of Women in the Military

About the Author

Helen Benedict is a novelist and journalist specializing in social injustice and the effects of war on soldiers and civilians. Her most recent writings have focused on women soldiers, military sexual assault, and Iraqi refugees, and she is credited with breaking the story about the epidemic of sexual assault of military women serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Her work on these subjects include her new novel, "Wolf Season," (2017, Bellevue), her previous novel “Sand Queen” (2011, Soho Press) and her non-fiction book, "The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq," (2009 and 2010, Beacon Press), which won her the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism in 2013, when she was also named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews. In 2015, she was a finalist for the U.K. Liberty Human Rights Arts Award for her play, “The Lonely Soldier.”

Her work has also won the EMMA (Exceptional Merit In Media Award) from the National Women's Political Caucus, the Ken Book Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the James Arsonon Award for Social Justice Journalism.

Benedict's non-fiction book, “The Lonely Soldier,” inspired a class action suit against the Pentagon on behalf of women and men who were sexually assaulted in the military and also inspired the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary about sexual assault in the military, “The Invisible War.”

Her earlier book, “Virgin or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes” is widely taught in journalism and law schools and has helped to change the way several newspapers cover sexual assault, while her book, “Recovery: How to Survive Sexual Assault” is used by rape crisis centers around the country. She has testified twice to Congress as an expert on sexual assault in the military.

Notable Work

Research in Fiction - Necessary but Dangerous, The Center for Fiction 

The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma 

Radio essay on military sexual abuse, Academic Minute

Drowning in the Garden of Eden, The Washington Post 

Women at War: A Series of PBS blogs, The Nation 

Women at War Face Sexual Violence, BBC News 

When Johnny Comes Marching, The New York Times 

Betrayal in the Field, Columbia Magazine 

How to Lie With Statistics, The Huffington Post 

Violent Veterans: The Big Picture, The Huffington Post 

The Scandal of Military Rape, Ms. Magazine 

Why Soldiers Rape, In These Times 

For Women Warriors, Deep Wounds, Little Care, The New York Times Op-Ed 

The Private War of Women Soldiers, Salon 

Watch a film about Benedict's book, "The Edge of Eden." 

Events This Semester

*Thursday, March 22, 2018: Book Discussion 12:50-1:50 PM in CSS 217

*Thursday, April  26, 2018Veterans Student Panel 12:50-1:50 PM in CSS 217

*Thursday, May 24, 2018: Author Visit, Lecture, and Book Signing 12:30-2:30 PM in CSS 217

*All events offer refreshments and exciting prize drawings including prizes from Starbucks and Barnes & Noble!

About Read 2 Succeed

Read 2 Succeed @ Norco College is a college wide reading program sponsored by the Wilfred J. Airey Library in partnership with various other campus constituency groups and programs. Each fall and spring semester, a book is selected to be the focus of a college wide read including our students, staff, faculty and local community members. Events surrounding each book include: a book discussion, a student panel discussion, and a speaking engagement and book signing by the author of the book. Additionally, refreshments and book-related prize giveaways are offered at each event.

The “2” in Read 2 Succeed is indicative of the 2 books read each academic year, as well as the 2 foundational goals of the program:

  • Have fun reading and discussing an important book with peers and community.
  • Learn something valuable that will help you to be successful and to make a difference in the world around you.