Bio

Dinner in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Diane LeBow won the 2015 Solas Travelers’ Tales award for Adventure Travel (Bronze award) for this story. The story describes the amazing experience of meeting with several hundred Afghan women exiles on the border of Afghanistan/Tajikistan, in 2000, while the Taliban were still in control, thinking she may be about to be kidnapped, and instead being invited to dinner with an Afghan family with whom she’s still in contact.

“Please, speak out about these crimes. But tell not just about the suffering, but also about the successes, how we are resisting,” said Halida, a math professor from Kabul, who ran secret schools for girls inside Afghanistan all during the Taliban repression. Dressed in a gun-metal grey long dress, her resolute features contrasted with her delicately embroidered white head scarf. She was one of several hundred Afghan women with whom I spent a week in Tajikistan, not far from the Afghan border. Getting to know them and hear their stories taught me a lot about our shared humanity and the human ability, not only to survive, but to continue to savor life.

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Diane receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Douglass Society (Rutgers University)

Throughout a 35-year career in higher education, Diane LeBow ’61, Ph.D. helped create and propel women’s studies as an academic field and has the distinction of being a founding member of the National Women’s Studies Association, further promoting feminist teaching, research and service. She also secured her place as a global citizen as a writer focusing on international travel and cultures, and as a photojournalist who has traveled the world. Among her work, she has written about Afghan women, the Hopi, Amazon people, Tuvans, Mongolians, Corsicans, and Parisians.

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“The Infelicities of Travel: Gems Among the Ruins” included in BATW Anthology

Diane’s story “The Infelicities of Travel: Gems Among the Ruins” was recently published in the Bay Area Travel Writer’s 2012 Anthology entitled, “Travel Stories from Around the Globe.”

The anthology was juried by Julia Cosgrove, Editor-in-Chief of AFAR magazine; John Flinn, former Travel Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle; and Janet Fullwood, former Travel Editor of the Sacramento Bee. The 23 stories included were selected from some 60 submissions, taking readers through Europe and Great Britain, the Americas, Pacific Rim, Africa, Tibet, and India, capturing the timeless spirit of travel.

Watch her read the story at the book launch event.

Diane LeBow Awards

Diane LeBow won the 2015 Solas Travelers’ Tales award for Adventure Travel (Bronze award) for her story, (CLICK HERE) “Dinner in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The story describes the amazing experience of meeting with several hundred Afghan women exiles on the border of Afghanistan/Tajikistan, in 2000, while the Taliban were still in control, thinking she may be about to be kidnapped, and instead being invited to dinner with an Afghan family with whom she’s still in contact.

2011 Solas Silver Award, Best Women’s Travel Writing, “My Dinner with Terrorists.”

2010: Solas Gold Award, Best Women’s Travel Writing, “At Home in Afghanistan.”

BATW Best Bronze, Internet Travel, “A Visit to Palau.”

Writer’s Digest, Magazine Feature Article, “Maya Mysteries Revealed

2008: BATW Best Gold Web Site

BATW Best Bronze, Essay in an anthology, “Dancing on the Wine Dark Sea.

2007: Solas Gold Award, Best Love Story on the Road, “The Trout Baron.”

2005 BATW Silver Award, Afghan Woman in Window

Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities grants

Best Essay in an Anthology 2008 Bay Area Travel Writers

Bronze Award for “Dancing on the Wine Dark Sea” in Greece: A Love Story.

BATW Website Award

This site (dianelebow.com) won the 2008 BATW Travel Writer Website Gold Award.

Judges’ comment: “This website pulled me in further and further.”

Travelers’ Tales’ Solas Awards Gold Winner

Travelers’ Tales’ Solas Awards Gold Winner, March 1, 2007 for The Best Account of Love or Romance on the Road: “The Trout Baron.”

Memberships

President emerita, Bay Area Travel Writers

National Writers Union

Left Coast Writers

National Women’s Book Association

National Women’s Studies Association

NEGAR, Afghan Women’s Rights Organization

Bay Area Travel Writers Silver Award 2005

Winner of Bay Area Travel Writers Silver Award 2005 for photo of Afghan woman looking out of her window above Kabul, Afghanistan.Best Feature Article Award, California Federation of Teachers, “Visit to Afghanistan,” in The Advocate, 2003.

Ford Foundation Grant

National Endowment for the Humanities grant

Faces of the World: photos selected for exhibition, S.F., 2005