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Sept. 25, 2006

New York Times Columnist Speaks At UI Lecture Series Oct. 4

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the University of Iowa's McBride Auditorium as part of the 2006-2007 UI Lecture Series.

The lecture, titled "First Genocide of the 21st Century: Report from Darfur," is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UI Lecture Committee and is supported in part by the F. Wendell Miller Fund.

Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since November 2001, writes op-ed columns that appear each Sunday and Tuesday. Previously, he was associate managing editor of The Times, responsible for the Sunday Times.

Kristof grew up near Yamhill, Ore. He graduated from Harvard College, Phi Beta Kappa, and then won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, where he studied law and graduated with first class honors. He later studied Arabic in Cairo and Chinese in Taipei. After working in France, he started traveling, backpacking around Africa and Asia, writing articles to cover his expenses. Kristof has traveled to 120 countries; during his travels, he has had unpleasant experiences with malaria, wars, an Indonesian mob carrying heads on pikes, and an African airplane crash.

After joining The New York Times in 1984, initially covering economics, he served as a correspondent in Los Angeles and as bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. In 2000, he covered the presidential campaign and in particular that of George W. Bush. He is the author of a chapter on Bush in the reference book "The Presidents." In 1990, Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, also a Times journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement. They were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer for journalism.

Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006, for commentary. He has also won other prizes including the George Polk Award, the Overseas Press Club award, the Michael Kelly award, the Online News Association award, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors award. Kristof and WuDunn are authors of "China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power" and "Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia."

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