Nicholas Kristof: 2017 Guy Stanton Ford Memorial Lecture
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:03pm
Location Name: 
Carlson Family Stage, Northrop Memorial Auditorium
Location City: 
Minneapolis
Organization Name: 
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

The 2017 Guy Stanton Ford Memorial Lecture features Nicholas Kristof, an American journalist, author, columnist, and a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. This is the final event in a year-long speaker series presented by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

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, encountered an Indonesian mob carrying heads on pikes, and survived an African airplane crash. In 1990 Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, 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's talk, "Reporting Sex Trafficking, Genocide & Other Truths of the World" will address the reality that every year in America, some 100,000 underage girls are trafficked into the sex trade. These are mostly home-grown American girls, and they are victims of a crime – yet too often, they are the ones arrested even as the pimps and johns go free. Kristof has spent decades covering sex trafficking at home and abroad and offers some extraordinary stories and lessons from his work.

Free admission, open to the public. We will also be live-streaming the event. Please contact us if an interpreter will be needed.

Following the program Kristof will answer questions from the audience, as time permits. A book signing will follow the lecture. Books will be available to purchase.