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New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof to Speak at PSU, April 21
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 1:30pm to Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 2:30pm

WHAT: Please join us at Portland State University for a conversation and Q&A with award-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof. Mr. Kristof will briefly discuss climate change and its impact on human rights worldwide, as well as how ordinary people and small businesses in places like  Portland can set an example for the country by pioneering sustainable technologies, promoting green jobs and developing equitable economic models. The discussion includes time for audience questions. This event is sponsored by PSU's Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices, and by PSU's student chapter of Net Impact. (

WHEN: Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 1:30-2:30 PM

WHERE: On campus at PSU. Please RSVP to no later than Friday, April 17 at noon. A confirmation email with the lecture location will be sent to you.

COST: This event is free, however space is limited to PSU students, faculty, and staff.

Nicholas Kristof has been at The New York Times since 1984 and began his twice-weekly column in 2001. He has traveled to over 140 countries and six continents in his reporting, which has won numerous prizes. In 1990, he shared the Pulitzer Prize with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, for coverage of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in China.

In 2006, he won a second Pulitzer for commentary on what the judges committee called "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."

Mr. Kristof has written extensively about international development, human rights, and poverty, augmenting his opinion page pieces with video, blogging, Twitter, and other new media formats. A native of Yamhill County, Oregon, Harvard graduate and Rhodes Scholar, Nicholas Kristof has a close connection to PSU: both his parents are faculty members here: Jane Kristof, emerita professor of art history and Ladis Kristof, emeritus professor of political science.

For more information and recent columns, visit:

CITY OF PORTLAND BEST AWARDS: Nicholas Kristof will also be the keynote speaker on April 22 at the City of Portland's BEST Awards Breakfast, 7:30-9:30 a.m. The BEST Awards are presented annually to Portland area companies demonstrating excellence in business practices that promote economic growth and environmental benefits. For tickets and more information, visit