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‘Living Archives’ series to feature Houston socialite

Another influential woman will be telling her story for the UH “Living Archives” series at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Rockwell Pavilion on the second floor of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library.

Joanne King Herring, a Houston socialite, is best known for helping late US Representative Charlie Wilson in convincing the US government to train resistance fighters in the Soviet War in Afghanistan. She has recently written a book titled “Diplomacy and Diamonds: My Wars from the Ballroom to the Battlefield”, which chronicles her story during this time.

Houston Chronicle reporter Claudia Feldman will interview Herring for The Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection, which collects the historical stories of Houston women. The stories of former Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire and current Mayor Annise Parker have also been included in this series.
Admission is free to students and members of the Friends of Women’s Studies and is $10 to the general public. A lunch will be served and Herring’s book will be available for purchase. For more information, visit

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