TU Presidential Lecture Series features Nicholas Kristof on Oct. 7

Monday, September 27, 2010

Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Allen Chapman Activity Center Great Hall

Nicholas KristofPulitzer Prize-winner Nicholas Kristof will speak on Oct. 7 as part of The University of Tulsa's 2010-11 Presidential Lecture Series, sponsored by the Darcy O'Brien Endowed Chair.

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Allen Chapman Activity Center. Kristof’s lecture is free and open to the public. For a map of the TU campus, click here.

Kristof, who has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for his column in The New York Times, is an extraordinary thinker, human rights advocate, and astute chronicler of humanity. A seasoned journalist, he has traveled the major roads and minor byways of China, Africa, India, and South Asia, offering a compassionate glimpse into global health, poverty, and gender in the developing world.

Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to 140 countries, all 50 states, every Chinese province, and every main Japanese island. He's also one of the few Americans to visit every member of the "Axis of Evil." During his travels, he has had unpleasant experiences with malaria, wars, an Indonesian mob carrying heads on pikes, and an African airplane crash.

Haunted by the Darfur genocide, Kristof has gone beyond reporting. Often called the "reporter's reporter," Kristof is also the subject of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival documentary Reporter. Crossing over into activism and hoping his dispatches will resonate with people, Kristof gives a voice to the voiceless. He believes, "you [can] tell the story of a place by writing about a tiny village as a sort of prism into the bigger issues the culture [is] facing."

Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer in journalism for their coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement. They wrote China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power together and co-authored their latest book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Addressing worldwide maltreatment, marginalization, and brutality towards women, Half the Sky draws a compelling picture of the trials and triumphs of women struggling for opportunity and equality. Called "electrifying" by The Washington Post, the book has already hit The New York Times Bestseller List.

The series will conclude April 7 in the Donald W. Reynolds Center with An Evening with Seamus Heaney. A native of Northern Ireland, Nobel-laureate Heaney is often described as one of the world's greatest poets. His Death of a Naturalist (1966) won four major literary awards. His second volume, Door into the Dark (1969), was the Poetry Book Society Choice for the year in 1972. His 1975 volume, North, won the E.M. Forster Award and the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize.


David Hamby