Nicholas Kristof: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
September 17, 2009 – 7:30 PM
Duke University, Page Auditorium


New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof will speak at Duke University about gender inequality in the developing world, the subject of his newly published book, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.”

The talk by Kristof, the keynote speaker for Duke’s Jean Fox O’Barr Distinguished Speaker Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in Page Auditorium.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

Kristof, a Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar, joined The New York Times in 1984, initially covering economics. In 1990, he and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a Times journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. “Half the Sky” is co-authored by WuDunn.

Since 2001, Kristof has written a twice-weekly opinion column for the Times, often focusing on global health, poverty and gender issues. Kristof has been particularly vocal about genocide in Darfur, winning a second Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the region.

The event is sponsored by Duke’s Baldwin Scholars program, WISER, Muglia Family Foundation, DukeEngage, Women’s Studies, Women’s Center, Duke University Center for International Studies, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Sanford School of Public Policy, Kenan Institute for Ethics and Service Learning.

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