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Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch Lecture: Nicholas Kristof

Friday, March 10 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

"Why Your Students Should Care About the World—And Change It"

Nicholas Kristof

Let us give the child a vision of the whole universe … for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity. – Maria Montessori

Our students are full of passion to change the world, but they need tools to do so effectively. Drawing from his years of reporting in 150 countries worldwide, Nicholas Kristof will offer specific advice, including about how to tell stories and build empathy, about whether to focus on needs at home or those further afield, about whether to start a new organization or join an existing one. He will argue that although students sometimes perceive the problems of the world as too vast to affect, in fact it's entirely possible for them to have an impact on the world—and he will provide examples of projects undertaken by children of all ages, including some of our youngest, that have made a startling difference, both on those whom they are helping, and on themselves.

About Nicholas D. Kristof

Nicholas D. Kristof is a best-selling author and a columnist for the New York Times, with special areas of interest in human rights, women’s rights, and global affairs. He was among the first journalists to report on the violence in the Darfur region of Sudan and among the first to call the violence for what it was—genocide. For his writings on the Sudanese genocide, he received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. In 1990, Mr. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, won a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre and the ongoing quest for Chinese democracy. He is the recipient of numerous other honors, including the George Polk Award, an Award for Media Contributions to the Field of Trauma Psychology, and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement. Mr. Kristof’s travels in central Africa are the subject of the 2009 HBO documentary Reporter


He and WuDunn are the co-authors of the bestsellers China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power, Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide , and A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity—2 of which inspired prime-time PBS documentary series. Kristof is a graduate of Harvard College and Oxford University.


CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin dubbed Nicholas Kristof “the moral conscience of our generation of journalists.” Actor George Clooney said he became engaged in Sudan after reading Kristof’s columns. And President Bill Clinton said, “There is no one in journalism, anywhere in the United States at least, who has done anything like the work he has done to figure out how poor people are actually living around the world, and what their potential is.”


Books by Nicholas D. Kristof

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