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Bronfenbrenner Centennial Lecture: Nicholas Kristof, Monday, October 2, 2017

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A Path Appears: Promoting the Welfare of Children
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

Monday, October 2, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall


This event is free and open to all. No registration or tickets are required.
A book signing will follow the lecture with books for sale on site.

Urie Bronfenbrenner Centennial Lecture

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, we celebrate Urie Bronfenbrenner's contributions to child wellbeing by welcoming Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times to deliver this lecture. Bronfenbrenner and Kristof share an interest in protecting the rights of children and in the ways citizens and policymakers can act positively to change our society for the better.

Kristof argues that the greatest moral challenge of the 21st century, akin to fighting slavery in the 19th century or totalitarianism in the 20th century, is gender inequity around the world. Drawing from his No. 1 best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, he explores some of the kinds of repression women face, from sexual violence to early marriage to female genital mutilation. But above all, he notes that there is a huge gain to be had if a society educates girls and ushers those educated women into the labor force. Kristof also explores areas in which the West has more to do at home to create gender equity, including domestic violence and sex trafficking.

 

event-kristof-inpostNew York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries. During his travels, he has caught malaria, experienced wars, confronted warlords, and survived an African airplane crash. Kristof has won two Pulitzer Prizes in the process – advocating human rights and giving a voice to the voiceless.

In 1990 Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a New York Times journalist, became the first husband-wife team to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Kristof won his 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.” Kristof and WuDunn have written four best-selling books: Half the Sky, A Path Appears, China Wakes, and Thunder from the East. Half the Sky and A Path Appears each inspired a prime-time PBS documentary series. Archbishop Desmond Tutu dubbed Kristof as “an honorary African” for his reporting on conflicts there, and President Bill Clinton said, “There is no one in journalism, anywhere in the United States at least, who has done anything like the work he has done to figure out how poor people are actually living around the world, and what their potential is.”

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 everyone from President Obama to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and was the first blogger on The New York Times website. A documentary about him, Reporter (executive-produced by Ben Affleck), aired on HBO. He has won innumerable awards including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Anne Frank Award, and the Fred Cuny Award for Prevention of Armed Conflict. He also serves on the board of Harvard University and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars.

Jeffrey Toobin of CNN, his Harvard classmate, said of Kristof, "I’m not surprised to see him emerge as the moral conscience of our generation of journalists. I am surprised to see him as the Indiana Jones of our generation of journalists.” George Clooney, said himself, that he became engaged in Sudan after reading Kristof columns, and traveled with Kristof to the fringes of Darfur – rooming with him on the floor of a cheap hotel – motivating Clooney to make this video of Kristof.

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8 Comments

September 04, 2017
Robert

Have you read the book, "Dignity," by Donna Hicks?

September 05, 2017
chalmers

@Robert - No, don't know it. Does it relate to the Kristof topic?

September 22, 2017
Jay

Is there a registration requirement to this lecture?

September 22, 2017
chalmers

@Jay - No registration or ticket required. We are expecting a large turnout, so arrive early!

October 02, 2017
Annie

Will this event be recorded and available at a later time online?

October 02, 2017
chalmers

@annie Yes, the talk is being recorded and will be available on CornellCast a week or so after.

October 02, 2017
Steven Bronfenbrenner

Very proud of my father's legacy and that Mr. Kristof accepted this invitation. I look forward to viewing the webcast.

October 03, 2017
chalmers

@stevenbronfenbrenner The recording should be up on CornellCast and on this website within two weeks. We were very glad to have Mr. Kristof here and thrilled that your mother Liese and sister Kate were in the audience. It was a great talk.
Best, Carrie

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