Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into
Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, The New York
After his thought-provoking appearance at St. John’s University in
October of 2006, the Academic Lecture Series is once again pleased
to have Nicholas Kristof speak on the Queens campus. Mr.
Kristof will discuss his new book, "Half the Sky" which he
co-authored with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. Premier NY Times
columnist, Nick Kristof ‘s book that challenges us to understand
how women who have suffered extreme abuse and exploitation can
serve as an inspiration for all who believe in human rights and
Now available at the St. John's Bookstore!
Available at the Campus Bookstore for only $21.31!
That's a 30% discount off the cover price!
*Books will also be available for purchase at the lecture*
“I read Half the Sky in one sitting, staying up until 3 a.m. to do
so. It is brilliant and inspirational, and I want to shout about it
from the rooftops and mountains. It vividly illustrates how women
have turned despair into prosperity and bravely nurtured hope to
cultivate a bright future. The book ends with an especially
compelling ‘What you can do’ to exhort us all to action.”
-Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of
Nicholas D. Kristof, joined the New York Times in 1984 and
became a featured columnist for The Times in 2001. He is a
two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear
twice a week.
Mr. Kristof grew up on a sheep and cherry farm near Yamhill,
Oregon. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and then
studied law at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship,
graduating with first class honors. He later studied Arabic in
Cairo and Chinese in Taipei. While working in France after high
school, he caught the travel bug and began backpacking around
Africa and Asia during his student years, writing articles to cover
his expenses. Mr. Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on
six, and traveled to more than 140 countries, all 50 states, every
Chinese province and every main Japanese island. He is also one of
the very few Americans to be at least a two-time visitor to every
member of the Axis of Evil. During his travels, he has had
unpleasant experiences with malaria, mobs and an African airplane
In 1990 Mr. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a
Times journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of
China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement. They were the first
married couple to win a Pulitzer for journalism. Mr. Kristof won a
second Pulitzer in 2006, for commentary 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." Mr. Kristof has taken a
special interest in Web journalism and was the first blogger on The New
York Times Web site; he also twitters and has a Facebook fan page and a
channel on YouTube. A
documentary about him, "Reporter," premiered at Sundance Film
Festival in 2009 and will be shown on HBO.
Mr. Kristof and Ms. WuDunn are also the authors of "China Wakes:
The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power" and "Thunder from the
East: Portrait of a Rising Asia."
Registration for this event is required. Please
Monday, November 9, 2009
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Little Theatre, Queens Campus
Department of Student Life
Sponsored by The Division of Student
Affairs, The Office of the Provost, Women's and Gender Studies and
The New York Times.