New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof to be Featured at Aspen Institute

July 21, 2009

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cristal Logan
Community Outreach Director
The Aspen Institute
Tel. 970-544-7929

Aspen, CO, July 21, 2009 –– The Aspen Institute is pleased to announce the participation of Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times.  Mr. Kristof will discuss, “Saving the World in Your Spare Time: Foreign Policy Challenges and What We Can Do About Them”.  The event will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at the Paepcke Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. The series is made possible by a gift from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation. Tickets are $15 each and go on sale on July 21 through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler.  As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged.  Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the event, and unclaimed tickets, if any, will be on sale at the door.

Nicholas D. Kristof writes op-ed columns that appear twice each week in The New York Times. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he previously was associate managing editor of The Times, responsible for the Sunday Times. He graduated from Harvard College and then studied law at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. After joining The New York Times in 1984, initially covering economics, he served as a Times correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo. In 2000, he covered the presidential campaign and in particular Governor Bush. He is the author of the chapter on Mr. Bush in the reference book “The Presidents.”

In 1990 Mr. 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. Mr. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006, for commentary on the genocide in Darfur. 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. Mr. Kristof was the first blogger on The New York Times Web site.

In his column, Mr. Kristof was an early opponent of the Iraq war and among the first to warn that we were losing ground to the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. His columns often focus on global health, poverty and gender issues in the developing world. Mr. Kristof and Ms. 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.” Mr. Kristof and Ms. WuDunn are the parents of Gregory, Geoffrey and Caroline.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling Aspen Show tickets at the Wheeler at 970-920-5770. For more information on the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series and other events open to the public, please call the information hotline at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at

Upcoming speakers to be featured summer events include:

July 28

Dan Rather, Journalist, HDNet
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Greenwald Pavilion, Tickets on sale now

July 30

Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations
Discusses his recent book, “War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of
Two Iraq Wars” (copies of this book will be on sale at event)
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets are sold out, however, unclaimed tickets, if any, will be available at the door 15 minutes prior to the lecture.

August 1

Ezekiel Emanuel, Senior Counselor, White House Office of Management and Budget, Health Policy
4:00 – 5:00 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale now

August 3

Haley Barbour, Governor of Mississippi
“The Truth about America’s Energy Future”
5:00 – 6:00 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale now
Presented by Aspen Institute Community Programs

August 4

Nicholas D. Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times
“Saving the World in Your Spare Time: Foreign Policy Challenges and
What We Can Do About Them”
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale now

August 7

Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen Fund; Trustee, the Aspen Institute
“The Education of a Patient Capitalist”
4:30 – 5:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale July 28

Event details subject to change.  Please visit for updates or call our events hotline at 970/544-7970.

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