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World Affairs Council’s 2011 International Speakers Series—Breaking News

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Tim DuRoche, Director of Programs
World Affairs Council of Oregon
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Tel: (503) 306-5261

World Affairs Council’s 2011 International Speakers Series—Breaking News

Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times Columnist, to replace Mohamed ElBaradei for International Speaker Series

March 11, 2011 - Portland, OR. With his announcement this week that he intends to run for president in Egypt, Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei has cancelled his World Affairs Council of Oregon engagement on Monday, April 4 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Replacing ElBaradei in the four-part International Speaker Series will be two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, speaking on “Revolution in the Middle East: What Next?,” on Monday, June 13.

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 Egypt’s Tahrir Square, Bahrain and the West Bank, Kristof brings first-hand perspective to this timely topic.

On the choice of Kristof to fill the series, Maria Wulff, President of the World Affairs Council, noted that, “It was simple—Kristof has considerable expertise in the region and has produced some of the most informed and engaging reporting on the Middle East today.” Kristof’s on-the-ground reporting of events in the Middle East was praised by activists in Bahrain for, "bringing to the rest of the world a factual image of the brutal manner in which the authorities are seeking to crush peaceful demonstrations."

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.’”

Nicholas Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who has written for The New York Times since 2001. Mr. Kristof grew up on a sheep and cherry farm near Yamhill, Oregon. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and studied law at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, jointly won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for their Times coverage of Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006 for his reporting on Darfur. Nicholas Kristof is the author (with WuDunn) of the recent Half the Sky: From Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a book that chronicles how many unimaginable global challenges are often met with breathtaking bravery.

THE 2011 INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER SERIES: The next International Speaker Series presentation takes place May 6, 2011 and features Paul Volcker–Out of Time: Fixing the Global Financial Mess Before It’s Too Late. Volcker, Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Carter and Reagan and the voice of reform behind President Obama Economic Recovery Advisory Board is one of the most highly respected economic and financial thinkers of our generation.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The International Speaker Series began in 2000 in celebration of the World Affairs Council’s 50th anniversary. Speakers have included Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Wangari Maathai, Vicente Fox, the Dalai Lama, Madeleine Albright, Desmond Tutu, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Bono, among others. Since its inception, the Series has become the nation’s premier speaker series focusing on international discussion and education.

SERIES TICKET INFORMATION: All lectures are held at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and begin at 7 pm. Tickets for the remaining 2-part Series can be purchased online at or by calling the World Affairs Council at 503-306-5252. Tickets previously purchased for ElBaradei will be honored for Kristof’s lecture.

The World Affairs Council is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to broadening public understanding of international affairs and connecting Oregonians to the world.

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