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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists WuDunn, Kristof to speak

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, 4:30 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof will discuss their new book on the oppression of women and girls in the developing world at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The book is titled "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide."

WuDunn is an investment adviser with a focus on philanthropy and a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times, having covered areas such as Myanmar, North Korea and China. Kristof is a columnist for the Times. They became the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism when they were honored for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in Beijing and the military crackdown that ended it. The couple also won a George Polk Award and an Overseas Press Club Award. Kristof won a second Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on human rights issues.

They co-wrote two previous books about Asia: "Thunder From the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia" and "China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power."

WuDunn earned a master in public affairs in 1988 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The talk is sponsored by the Wilson School and the University Press Club. It is part of the Press Club's Louis R. Rukeyser '54 Memorial Lecture Series, which seeks to promote interest in the pursuit of journalism and to raise awareness of the role of the media in society.

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