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Pulitzer-prize Winner to Speak at Northwestern

New York Times Kristof to speak on why students should care about the world

EVANSTON, IL --- Columnist and human rights advocate Nicholas Kristof will speak on the importance of cultivating engaged and competent global citizens at Northwestern University’s Evanston campus at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13.

His talk, titled “Why Students Should Care About The World and Change It,” will be held at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. A book signing will follow. 

Kristof, an author and veteran New York Times reporter who has been honored for his writing and humanitarian work, has traveled to all 50 states and around the world, including more than 150 countries, every Chinese province and every main Japanese island.

His writing often reflects the mission of many departments and organizations at Northwestern that advocate global experiential learning, said Penny Nichols, an associate professor of instruction in Spanish at Northwestern. 

A March New York Times column “Go West, Young People – and East!”, for example, “nicely summarized what we have been telling the students: study abroad and learn another language,” Nichols said. 

Kristof’s newest book, “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity,” co-authored with his wife, New York Times Reporter Sheryl WuDunn, echoes the same sentiments and is touted as a road map to becoming effective global citizens. 

Kristof and WuDunn were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1990 for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Kristof also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for commentary. He has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist many times.

In addition to the Global Languages Initiative, the event is sponsored by the Council on Language Instruction, the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, the Office of International Program Development, and the Study Abroad Office. 

The event is free and open to faculty, staff, students and the public. For more information, contact Penny Nichols.

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