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Women, Leadership, & Military Service

A Conversation with Jessica Scott
November 4th, 2016
12:00 PM


Friday, November 4, 2016

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Forum for Scholars & Publics (Old Chem 011)

Light lunch served beginning at 11:45 for attendees


Join us for a discussion about leadership, service, the military, and the university with Jessica Scott, active duty Army officer, doctoral candidate in sociology, wife, mother, and author. This discussion will be moderated by current Duke student ('18) Amy Kramer, a cadet in the Army ROTC program.

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Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, The Penny Pilgram George Women's Leadership Initiative, the Office of Civic Engagement, and The Graduate School.

Jessica Scott

Jessica Scott is the USA Today bestselling author of novels set in the heart of America's Army. She is an active duty army officer, a veteran of the Iraq war, is the mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, and wife to a retired NCO. She and her family are currently wherever the army has sent her.

She has written for the New York Times "At War" blog, War on the Rocks, Point of View blog Regarding War: Women and War, and has been featured in Esquire Magazine as an American of the Year in 2012.

She has published 11 novels and novellas about soldiers returning from war and has compiled two nonfiction projects about her time in Iraq and the return home.

She holds a master's Degree in Sociology from Duke University, a master's degree in Telecom Management from the University of Maryland University College, and a BA in Cultural Studies from the State University of New York. She is currently pursuing a phd in Sociology at Duke University.

Read about her "Homefront" series here.


Amy Kramer

Duke University

Amy Kramer is a third year undergraduate student at Duke University majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in US Foreign Policy.  She is a cadet in the Army ROTC program and helps facilitate the battalion's Living Leadership Series and annual trip to Washington DC.  She is also a member of the Undergraduate Council of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS) and is one of the student leaders of this year's AGS International Staff Ride to Vietnam.  This year, Amy joined the Inaugural Women’s Leadership Cohort, part of the Penny Pilgram George Women’s Leadership Initiative.  Last summer, through the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program, Amy traveled internationally to begin her undergraduate thesis research on women’s empowerment in conflict resolution and post-conflict state building.  While abroad, she interviewed women leaders in government, academia, and the military.