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Revolution in the Middle East: What Next?

Events | 2011 International Speaker Series

Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei has announced his candidacy for president of Egypt and has cancelled his April 4 appearance in the Series. Tickets previously purchased for ElBaradei will be honored for Kristof’s lecture.

Oregon Native Nicholas D. Kristof returns for Speaker Series

When Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei cancelled his International Speaker Series event, we were very fortunate to replace him with New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof. We’re proud to welcome back to Portland, Oregon-native son Nicholas D. Kristof—who will take the stage at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as the final event in the 2011 International Speaker Series on Monday, June 13. Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist, will be speaking on “Revolution in the Middle East: What Next?”

A veteran foreign correspondent, Kristof studied Arabic in Cairo and Chinese in Taipei and has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries. Recently returned from reporting in the Middle East, including from Egypt’s Tahrir Square, Bahrain and the West Bank, Kristof brings fresh, first-hand perspective to this timely topic.

Nicholas Kristof is a columnist who has written for The New York Times since 2001. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and studied law at Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship. Kristof’s informed and compassionate perspectives on nonviolent democratic revolution, world health, poverty, and human rights across the globe have twice earned him Pulitzer Prizes—first in 1990, won jointly with his wife, reporter Sheryl WuDunn for their coverage of Tiananmen Square and in 2006 for Kristof’s writing on genocide in Darfur.

Growing up on a cherry farm near Yamhill, Oregon, who would have predicted that the same young Nicholas (a Future Farmer of America) would go from winning prizes for his sheep at the Yamhill County Fair to winning prizes and praises from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, George Clooney and Former President Bill Clinton, who noted that, "There is no one in journalism, anywhere in the United States at least, who has done anything like the work [Kristof] has done to figure out how poor people are actually living around the world, and what their potential is.”

The son of the late Ladis "Kris" Kristof and Jane Kristof, both long-time professors at Portland State University and beloved Council supporters, Kristof is surely one of Oregon’s well-respected native sons. Whether on the stage at the Schnitzer, visiting the family farm or hiking the paths of the Timberline Trail Loop, Eagle Creek or the Pacific Crest Trail, it’s a great to welcome Nicholas D. Kristof home to Oregon.

Commenting on his upcoming visit to Portland, Kristof said, “The Middle East is in a historic transformation, and it has been amazing to cover the protests and democracy movements and watch dominoes fall or wobble. I’m looking forward to discussing these issues in Oregon, well known throughout the world as ‘God’s Country.’”

Video Files

International Speaker Series
Mon, 06/13/2011

Nicholas Kristof - Revolution in the Middle East

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