Nicolas Kristof, two time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and columnist for the New York Times, will be speaking at a luncheon on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012, noon, at the Montague Terrace in the North Charleston Coliseum, Convention & Performing Arts Center, in recognition of women’s history month. Kristof will talk about how to fight poverty and repression by empowering women and girls. In his bestselling book, Half the Sky – Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, he discusses the repression that women and girls face – from sex trafficking to acid attacks.  Through their stories, Kristof and co-author Sheryl WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population.

Kristof graduated from Harvard College, Phi Beta Kappa, and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where he studied law and graduated with first class honors

After joining The New York Times in 1984, initially covering economics, Kristof served as a correspondent in Los Angeles and as bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. Kristof has taken a special interest in web journalism and was the first blogger on The New York Times website. A documentary about him, Reporter, premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2009.

Haunted by what he saw in Darfur, Kristof traveled to the region four times to provide coverage of the genocide unfolding, winning his second Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2006 “for 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.

EVENT DETAILS:

Thursday, March 22 12:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER TICKETS: $60 (includes lunch)

Montague Terrace in the North Charleston Coliseum, Convention & Performing Arts Center

Sponsor: The James O. and Harriet M. Rigney Literacy Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina

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