Date & Time: April 16 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Ruth S. Harley University Center, Room 203

The 21st Adelphi Scholarship and Creative Works Conference will feature a keynote address by Pulitzer-Prize Winning journalist Nicholas Kristof.

The keynote speaker for the 21st Adelphi University Scholarship and Creative Works Conference is American journalist and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Nicholas Kristof.

Following his keynote, Kristof will be signing book plates for all attendees. Everyone in attendance who signs up to receive his new book, Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life will be mailed a copy upon his release. Book plates can be placed on the inside cover for a signed copy. 

This portion of the event is sponsored by the Bhisé Global Understanding Project.

For more information about this keynote address and the conference, please contact the Scholarship and Creative Works Committee at

About the Keynote Speaker

Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof

How good do you really have to be, to be christened the reporter’s reporter…by other reporters? You have to be Nicholas Kristof – good. After working in France, Kristof began backpacking in Africa and Asia, writing articles to cover his expenses. He’s lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries. During his travels, he has caught malaria, experienced wars, confronted warlords, encountered an Indonesian mob carrying heads on pikes, and survived an African airplane crash. Kristof not only managed to survive and press on, he also won two Pulitzers in the process – advocating human rights and giving a voice, to the voiceless.

In 1990 Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a New York Timesjournalist, became the first husband-wife team to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Kristof won his second Pulitzer 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 have written five best-selling books: Tightrope, Half the Sky, A Path Appears, China Wakes, and Thunder from the East . Oprah Winfrey devoted two full programs to their work, and they have been on countless other television programs. Half the Sky and A Path Appearseach inspired a prime-time PBS documentary series. Kristof is also the author of Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope(2020) and his newest book, a memoir scheduled to be published in May: Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life .

After joining The New York Times in 1984, Kristof served as a correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He has covered presidential politics, interviewed everyone from President Obama to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and was the first blogger on The New York Times website. A documentary about him, Reporter, executive-produced by Ben Affleck, aired on HBO, and he has millions of followers on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Kristof has won innumerable awards including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Anne Frank Award and the Fred Cuny Award for Prevention of Armed Conflict. He also serves on the board of Harvard University and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars. He is currently a candidate for Governor of Oregon.

Jeffrey Toobin of CNN, his Harvard classmate, said of Kristof: “I’m not surprised to see him emerge as the moral conscience of our generation of journalists. I am surprised to see him as the Indiana Jones of our generation of journalists.” George Clooney, said himself, that he became engaged in Sudan after reading Kristof columns, and traveled with Kristof to the fringes of Darfur – rooming with him on the floor of a cheap hotel – motivating Clooney to make this video of Kristof: 

As a speaker, Nicholas Kristof always keeps audiences on the edge of their seats with his moving storytelling and incomparable insights into the events that shape our world. Audiences are captivated by his global adventures and leave inspired to drive change, take on challenges and make a difference. As one lecture series attested, “You could hear a pin drop in the auditorium because he was spellbinding.”

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