A Conversation with Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
6pm - 7:30pm
On Wednesday, October 14, 2009, the International Museum of Women (I.M.O.W.) and the World Affairs Council of Northern California in San Francisco proudly hosted an evening with internationally acclaimed journalist Nicholas Kristof. Nearly 1,200 people turned out for the event, which marked the kick-off for the launch of our Economica exhibition.
Nicholas Kristof is a journalist, author, and New York Times columnist dedicated to giving "a voice to the voiceless." He has reported in 140 countries, receiving two Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement and Sudan's Durfurian genocide.
Kristof has also coauthored three books with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. Their most recent book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, has received wholehearted praise from humanitarians, activists, and journalists alike. Kristof will be discussing Half the Sky in conjunction with I.M.O.W.'s forthcoming exhibition on women, money and the global economy.
Nicholas Kristof appeared in conversation with Jane Wales, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Northern California. Wales is also Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Co-founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum. She served in both the Carter and the Clinton Administrations, and in 2008, she chaired the Poverty Alleviation Track for the Clinton Global Initiative.
Praise for Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide:
"Half the Sky is a passionate and persuasive plea to all of us to rise up and say ‘No more!' to the 17th-century abuses to girls and women in the 21st-century world. This is a book that will pierce your heart and arouse your conscience." - Tom Brokaw
"This stirring book is at once a savage indictment of gender inequality in the developing world and an inspiring testament to the women's courage, resilience, and their struggle for hope and recovery." - Khaled Hosseini, author, The Kite Runner.
"Women facing poverty, oppression, and violence are usually viewed as victims. Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's Half the Sky shows that unimaginable challenges are often met with breathtaking bravery. These stories show us the power and resilience of women who would have every reason to give up but never do." - Angelina Jolie