Tuesday, June 30
Nicholas Kristof: Global Leadership & the Humanitarian Challenge - Lessons from 35 Years of Covering the World
Award-winning New York Times Columnist
Kristof, an Oregon native, reflects on the risks ahead for the U.S. and its standing as global leader. Should we aim to have countries fear us or admire us? Do we maximize our competitiveness through trade policy abroad or through educational investments at home? Is U.S. leadership passing to China, India and Europe, and if so how can we recover the mantle? What lessons are there from the rest of the world that America can learn from?
Nicholas D. Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries. During his travels, he has caught malaria, experienced wars, confronted warlords, and survived an African airplane crash. Kristof not only managed to survive and press on, he also won two Pulitzers in the process – advocating human rights and giving a voice, to the voiceless.
In 1990 Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a New York Times journalist, became the first husband-wife team to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Kristof won his second Pulitzer in 2006 for what the judges called “his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and that gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world.” Kristof and WuDunn have written four best-selling books: Half the Sky, A Path Appears, China Wakes, and Thunder from the East.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu dubbed Kristof as “an honorary African” for his reporting on conflicts there. 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.” After joining The New York Times in 1984, Kristof served as a correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He has covered presidential politics, interviewed everyone from President Obama to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and was the first blogger on The New York Times website. In their newly published book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, Kristof and WuDunn chronicle the different struggles facing working-class America.
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WorldOregon presents the 2020 International Speaker Series: Bridging Perspectives
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series is one of the nation’s premier platforms for international affairs. For two decades, the series has put you in the room with the global leaders, visionaries, and inspiring voices that are changing our world. And this year is no different, presenting a broad spectrum of the people, the big ideas, and the issues framing our role on the world stage.
This year series’ theme “Bridging Perspectives” seeks to look at an inspiring and balanced array of ideas and issues, including public service, national security and challenges for the U.S. as a global leader, human rights, and – in honor of the series 20th anniversary – a look at one Oregonian’s lessons in covering the world.
Note: This event was rescheduled from May 14 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert to June 30 at the Keller Auditorium. Tickets are not currently on sale as we make adjustments to the seating chart of new venue and closely monitor the ongoing public health situation relative to COVID-19.
Please stay tuned for updates.