NY Times Journalist Nicholas Kristof to Lecture


Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist to Speak on Global Poverty and Oppression of Women

Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, Ind.
(574) 284-4579

January 12, 2010 (Notre Dame, Ind.)— Saint Mary’s College is pleased to announce that Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times will present the College’s inaugural Sister Alma Peter, CSC, Lecture on Monday, February 8 at 7 p.m. in O'Laughlin Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. Due to anticipated high demand, this is a ticketed event. For tickets, call (574) 284-4626 or go to moreaucenter.com.

Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will focus on themes included in the book he co-authored with his wife Sheryl WuDunn, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." The book was released in September 2009 to tremendous reviews. It is a best seller and currently in its 17th printing. “Half the Sky” has sparked a movement to emancipate women from gender-based abuses and fight global poverty by unlocking women's power as economic catalysts. The lecture will focus on what can be done to support women and girls in the developing world.

“I have been a fan of Kristof’s work for many years,” said Carol Ann Mooney, President of Saint Mary’s.  “I know that he will inspire, motivate, and perhaps even provoke the audience. His lecture fits very well with the work of our Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL).  CWIL works to develop women’s intercultural knowledge so that our students are prepared to lead the changes needed in the world today. Lectures like this one play a large part in exposing them to the realities of our world.”

Kristof has reported for The New York Times since 1984 and has written an op-ed column since November 2001. His columns often focus on global health, poverty and gender issues in the developing world. He is widely known for bringing to light human rights abuses in Asia and Africa, such as Tiananmen Square, human trafficking, and the Darfur conflict. Kristof and WuDunn, also a Pultizer Prize-winning journalist, also co-wrote the books "China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power" and "Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia." For a full bio on Kristof, click here.

About Sister Alma Peter, CSC: Sister M. Alma Peter, CSC, served Saint Mary’s College from 1950-1984. In 1955 she was appointed academic dean, a position she filled for 14 years during a time of expansion and evolution at the College. Sister Alma envisioned and secured new college programs such as foreign study development, establishing the Rome program in 1969. In 1970 Sister Alma became acting president of Saint Mary’s, following the death of President Monsignor John McGrath. She served in that role during the time when the College and the University of Notre Dame were determining whether or not to merge. In November 1971, Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s jointly announced termination of the merger. Saint Mary’s remained an all-women’s college. Sister Alma passed away in March 2008.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study. Saint Mary’s College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the nation's top 100 liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 annual survey. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.