“Good evening. My name is Valerie Plame Wilson, and I have a story to tell you.” So began an hour-long talk by the former CIA operative, a central figure in a notorious investigation into criminal exposure of covert government agents. Wilson gave SMU’s 11th annual Louise B. Raggio Endowed Lecture in Women’s Studies Nov. 18.
During her career with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Wilson was an operations officer working on weapons of mass destruction. She found herself at the center of a political storm in 2003 when her covert identity was revealed in a syndicated newspaper column. Her outing as a spy led to the political scandal and U.S. Department of Justice investigation known as “the Plame affair.”
At SMU, Wilson discussed life at the CIA, the balance between freedom and security, and the story behind her book, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.
Wilson also said she was honored to be part of the Raggio Lecture Series. “When I heard of all Mrs. Raggio has done for women’s legal rights in the great state of Texas, I was absolutely stunned – first and foremost because she went through so much and broke so many traditional molds to do so,” she said. “It is because of women like her that I’m even here today as a CIA career woman.”
Read more under the link below.
Continue reading “Valerie Plame recalls her life as a spy in Raggio Lecture”
Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, a central figure in an investigation into criminal exposure of covert government agents, will give SMU’s 11th annual Louise B. Raggio Endowed Lecture in Women’s Studies. The lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.
During her career with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Wilson was an operations officer working on weapons of mass destruction. She found herself at the center of a political storm in 2003 when her covert identity was revealed in a syndicated newspaper column. Her outing as a spy led to the political scandal and U.S. Department of Justice investigation known as “the Plame affair.” She is the author of Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster.
The Raggio Endowed Lecture Series was established to bring “role models of vision and achievement” to SMU to speak on gender and women’s issues. It gives students and the larger community an opportunity to hear and interact with nationally renowned speakers in the area of women’s studies.
Lecture tickets are $10 each, payable by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or check. Complete a downloadable order form (PDF format) or contact SMU Program Services at 8-1384.
• Visit the Raggio Endowed Lecture Series website
Louise Raggio (’52), the Dallas attorney for whom SMU’s Louise Ballerstedt Raggio Endowed Lecture Series in Women’s Studies is named, will be the focus of a television documentary airing on public television. Texas Trailblazer: Louise Raggio is scheduled to air on KERA at 9:30 p.m. Mar. 19, 5:30 a.m. Mar. 23, and 11 p.m. Mar. 24.
Raggio has done more to ensure the protection of women’s legal rights in Texas than any other person in history. The only woman in her SMU law school class in 1952, she went on to become the first woman prosecutor in the Dallas County district attorney’s office. As a direct result of Mrs. Raggio’s efforts in drafting the Texas Marital Property Act of 1967, women gained the legal right to own property, secure a bank loan and start a business without their husband’s consent. Following this historical accomplishment, Mrs. Raggio established a law practice and was soon named one of the top 10 attorneys in the country.
The Raggio Lecture brings nationally renowned leaders to the University to speak on gender and women’s issues. Launched in 1998, the program has featured such speakers as author and feminist Gloria Steinem, U.S. Representative Patricia Schroeder, feminist author Susan Faludi, former Texas governor Ann Richards, and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp.
Award-winning Teach For America founder and CEO Wendy Kopp (left) gave SMU’s 10th annual Louise B. Raggio Lecture in Women’s Studies Oct. 4. Listen to a podcast from the event.
Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno gave SMU’s 8th annual Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics Oct. 10. Hear his Oct. 8 interview on KERA 90.1 FM’s Think! program.
Wendy Kopp developed the idea for Teach For America as part of her senior thesis at Princeton University. Now in its 18th year, the nonprofit organization sends 4,400 college graduates – including 18 SMU students in 2007 – to teach each year in 26 of the nation’s poorest school districts. The Dallas-area native will give SMU’s 2008 Louise B. Raggio Lecture in Women’s Studies at 8 p.m. Oct. 4 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center.
The day’s events will include a Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, free to SMU students, faculty and staff. Tickets for the evening lecture are $20 each. For reservations and more information, call 214-768-1384 or visit smu.edu/raggio.