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Jill Ker Conway

Chronicles of a Career in Testing the Status Quo
The isolation of the Australian outback necessitates that its inhabitants become self-reliant and resourceful -- two traits that have served Jill Ker Conway well in her career. She talks with Marilyn Gardner of The Christian Science Monitor about the state of women's rights and the role she's played in trying to affect change. This interview appeared in the December 31, 2001, issue. Interviews: Jill Ker Conway
Dave Weich, Director of Content and Marketing at, interviewed Jill Ker Conway on November 16, 2001, when she visited Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon, to promote the third installment of her memoir trilogy, A Woman's Education. Presented in a Q&A format, Weich and Conway talk about her book, Smith College and women's education, literature, and other topics.

Horizon e-zine: Telling it Straight
In this article, Jill Ker Conway discusses how the circumstances of her childhood in Australia and her experience at Harvard ultimately shaped her life's mission. Following the article is a Q&A with Conway on education. "Telling it Straight: How the Girl from Coorain Became a Scholar with a Social Conscience," appeared in the October 1998 issue of Horizon, an e-zine that published its final issue in January 2001.

Jill Ker Conway: The Art of Autobiography
Voices from The Smithsonian Associates presents this recording of Jill Ker Conway's lecture on "The Art of Autobiography." Author of several memoirs and editor of anthologies of autobiographies, Conway analyzes her decision to write about her own life, and the public's continuing fascination with autobiographies. She then reads excerpts from True North, her latest book at the time of her appearance at the Smithsonian Institution on June 23, 1998.

Online NewsHour: Reflections on Autobiography
Jill Ker Conway appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on Monday, June 1, 1998, to discuss When Memory Speaks: Reflections on Autobiography with David Gergen, editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report. Read the transcript of their conversation.

First Chapter: Jill Ker Conway
Read the first chapter of Jill Ker Conway's When Memory Speaks: Reflections on Autobiography. "Memory's Plots" introduces readers to the literary, cultural, and personal issues that complicate the autobiographical landscape.

The Akron Roundtable: Jill Ker Conway
Listen to Jill Ker Conway speak to The Akron Roundtable, a forum in which accomplished leaders from various disciplines are invited to present their ideas to members of the Akron, Ohio, community. In her presentation on July 19, 2001 about "The Uses of Autobiography," Conway discusses the rise of the autobiography as a literary form, gender differences in the way men and women describe their own lives, and the possible motivations driving writers and readers. A Q&A period follows. A short biographical essay is also provided. RealAudio required.

WAMU: The Diane Rehm Show
On The Diane Rehm Show Monday, November 12, 2001, Jill Ker Conway spoke with guest host Melinda Penkava about A Woman's Education, her autobiography recounting her life in academia and the challenges she faced as Smith College's first female president. Call-in questions were accepted from around the country. Listen to the recorded program in RealAudio.

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Outback Magazine: The Heart of Australia
Remote cattle and sheep stations form the backbone of the Australian outback. Read about other families' experiences on the landscape that influenced Jill Ker Conway in this series of articles from Outback magazine.

2002: Year of the Outback: Destinations
The year 2002 has been designated Australia's "Year of the Outback." The history section of this companion site includes a brief overview of how the rest of the world first perceived Australia, a surprising theory of the continent's discovery, and a timeline of colonial settlement, exploration, and growth.

Australian History Links
Is your Australian history a little rusty? This extensive WebLog is a wonderful resource, with links on Australia's national, aboriginal, penal, military, political, and maritime history, and to more information about the individual states. Additional sections cover tourism, maps, and art.

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Books by Jill Ker Conway

Conway, Jill Ker. The Road from Coorain. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989.

---. True North: A Memoir. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994.

---. When Memory Speaks: Reflections on Autobiography. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998.

---. A Woman's Education. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001.

Conway, Jill Ker, ed. In Her Own Words: Women's Memoirs from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. New York: Vintage Books, 1999.

---. Written by Herself: An Anthology. New York: Vintage Books, 1992-1996.

---. Written by Herself, Volume II: Women's Memoirs from Britain, Africa, Asia, and the United States. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.

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