Pulitzer Prize writer Nicholas Kristof spoke to students and faculty at Marlborough School this week, inspiring them to “get out of your comfort zones and become social entrepreneurs” engaging in a cause larger than their own. The author spoke as part of the school’s Guerin Visiting Scholars program to classes and faculty, as well as a packed assembly hall mid day on Wednesday.
Using many anecdotal stories of girls and young women around the world struggling to become educated and find employment, or stay out poverty and the sex trade, Kristof took the audience through a slide show of girls who had faced adversity.
A writer for The New York Times since 1984 and a columnist since 2001, Kristof has won the Pulitzer Prize twice, first in 1990 with his wife Sheryl WuDunn for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement, and again 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 and WuDunn are also the authors of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a “call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human right violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.”
About Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.