Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Kitty Pilgrim'76 Shares Her Experiences and Travels as a Journalist and Author
Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:32

KittyPilgrimManhattanville College Trustee Kitty Pilgrim '76, renowned journalist and author, returned to campus Wednesday, November 28, to speak to students and about her experiences as a journalist and author.

"We are a lucky community to have so many impressive, influential people, such as Kitty Pilgrim, at our disposal," Mia Alicata '14 said. "It's interesting to see how Manhattanville can shape our career paths."

Organized by the Communications Studies, International Studies, and English departments, the event drew quite a crowd to the Ophir Room in Reid Hall. Pilgrim used her experiences to show how different majors are interconnected when it comes to a career; and how the various majors at Manhattanville will help students graduate with a well-rounded view of many disciplines.

"Kitty Pilgrims's journey from Manhattanville undergraduate to CNN correspondent to writer of fiction makes a compelling story," Binita Mehta, Director of the International Studies Program said. " She is an inspiration to the students who attended her talk."

Pilgrim described her time traveling around the world as a reporter from CNN and how she would see an event take place, take photos and then form the story for the news. It was from her own experiences of traveling that Pilgrim drew inspiration for her recent books, The Stolen Chalice and The Explorer's Code. She shared footage of her travel research.

Pilgrim, who spoke at last spring's commencement ceremony, met with students, faculty, and community members after the lecture at a small reception.