Born in Massachusetts in 1955, Ricks grew up in New York and Afghanistan and graduated from Yale in 1977. He lives just outside of D.C. with his wife who is also an author. She is coming to Cazenovia as well to speak at the library the night before. Mary Kay Ricks is the author of "Escape on the Pearl."
This is the fourth event in the Cazenovia Forum lecture series, which was founded last year by local residents to promote discussion and understanding of critical issues facing our nation and the world today.
The Forum has previously hosted Jim Angle, Washington correspondent for Fox News Channel, Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, and Rebecca Lipkin, London-based producer for the Al Jazeera English television network. Further information can be found on the organization's web site at cazenoviaforum.com.