Columnist Nicholas Kristof to Speak at Yale on State of Women Worldwide

New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof will talk at Yale about his new book, “Half the Sky: From Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” on Tuesday, April 5.

His lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Law School’s Levinson Auditorium, 127 Wall St. His visit to campus is sponsored by the Chubb Fellowship at Timothy Dwight College.

Kristof co-authored “Half the Sky” with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, who will be a senior fellow next fall at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. The two are also authors of “China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power” and “Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia.”

Kristof became a columnist at the New York Times in November 2001, and his op-ed columns now appear twice a week in the paper. Previously, he was associate managing editor of The Times, responsible for the Sunday Times. He joined The Times staff in 1984, initially covering economics, and served as a correspondent in Los Angeles and bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. In 2000, Kristof covered the presidential campaign — in particular the Bush candidacy. He is the author of the chapter on George W. Bush in the reference book “The Presidents.”

In 1990 Kristof and 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. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006, 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.” He has also won other prizes including the George Polk Award, the Overseas Press Club Award, the Michael Kelly Award, the Online News Association Award and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award.

Kristof has taken a special interest in web journalism and was the first blogger on The New York Times website; he also twitters and has a Facebook fan page and a channel on YouTube. A documentary about him, “Reporter,” aired on HBO in 2010.

Founded with a gift from Yale alumnus Hendon Chubb, the Chubb Fellowship is administered by the master of Timothy Dwight College, currently Jeffrey Brenzel, who also serves as Yale’s dean of undergraduate admissions. The fellowship brings to campus individuals who address critical issues of public good and public service at the local, national or global levels.

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