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This Line’s Hard to Top at Parties: I Won a Nobel Peace Prize

In 1997, Jody Williams became just the tenth woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The professor at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work was instrumental in negotiating the treaty to ban landmines. Now, she’s written a new memoir called “My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the […]

jody-williams-MEDIn 1997, Jody Williams became just the tenth woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The professor at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work was instrumental in negotiating the treaty to ban landmines.

Now, she’s written a new memoir called “My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize,” and she spoke with Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty about what it took for her to gradually come to terms with the notoriety the Nobel Prize brings and what it would mean for her work going forward.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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