Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas D. Kristof

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas D. Kristof will discuss "What Do Americans Need to Know About the World and How do We Make Sure that They Do?" as part of the School of International Studies' (SIS) bi-annual Gerber Lecture Series.

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Columnist to Speak at Pacific

Nicholas Kristof will Discuss What Americans Need to Know About the World
Jan 7, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas D. Kristof will discuss "What Do Americans Need to Know About the World and How do We Make Sure that They Do?" as part of the School of International Studies' (SIS) bi-annual Gerber Lecture Series. His speech will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall at University of the Pacific. It is free and open to the public.

Kristof, a two-time winner of the top prize in journalism, is a columnist for The New York Times. He has been called a "reporter's reporter" for his human rights advocacy and his efforts to give a voice to the voiceless.

"We are being overwhelmed by a variety of information sources, from multiple news networks, to Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, but this unprecedented access to global news doesn't mean we have the necessary background knowledge to place those stories in context or grasp the connections among events in different parts of the world," said Professor Analiese Richard, who teaches anthropology for SIS. "It is crucially important for today's students- and for all of us- to be able to think critically about how global systems work, and how the outcome of these interactions influence our individual lives and collective futures. Major events like the protests in Tiananmen or Tahrir Square don't just happen in a vacuum, and their effects aren't limited to the regions where they take place.

"This is what we've asked Kristof to address, how to ensure that people in the US gain the knowledge they need to become better citizens of the world."

Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn won the Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 1990 for their coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement. This made them the first husband-wife team to jointly win the Pulitzer Prize for journalism.

Kristof won his second Pulitzer in 2006 for his coverage of the genocide in Darfur. The prize judges described his covered as "graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world." His work has also been praised by Archbishop Desmon Tutu, President Bill Clinton, and Oprah.

Kristof and WuDunn have written three best-selling books - "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," "China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power," and "Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia."

Kristof graduated from Harvard College, Phi Beta Kappa, and later graduated from Oxford's law school where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He later studied Arabic in Cairo, Chinese in Taipei, and Japanese in Tokyo. In his career, Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries.

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 numerous world leaders including President Obama and Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and was the first blogger on The New York Times website. Ben Affleck executive produced an HBO documentary on him titled "Reporter."

Other awards he has won include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Anne Frank Award, and the Fred Cuny Award for Prevention of Armed Conflict. He serves on the board of Harvard University and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars.

The Gerber Lecture Series was founded in 2001 with a generous endowment from David and Laraine Gerber to the School of International Studies. The lectures always focus on international topics. Past speakers include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former president of Ireland Mary Robinson, Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the former prime minister of Norway Dr. Gro Bruntland, former president of Columbia Cesar Gaviria, and former president of Mexico Vicente Fox.

For more information about SIS, visit http://www.pacific.edu/Academics/Schools-and-Colleges/School-of-International-Studies.html.

For more information on Nicholas Kristof, visit http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/author/nicholas-kristof/