Nicholas Kristof is a tireless champion of human rights having risked his life numerous times to write about the world’s atrocities at The New York Times since November 2001. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, first having won in 1991 with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a New York Times journalist, for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement; and second in 2006 for his coverage on the genocide in Darfur. In addition, he and DuWunn have written four best-selling books.
On September 10th, Kristof joined Hari Sreenivasan, anchor of PBS NewsHour, in a conversation to discuss his and WuDunn’s most recent book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity for the Aspen Institute’s Conversations with Great Leaders in honor of Preston Robert Tisch. Kristof emphasized that impact doesn’t always come from solving big problems, but from making a marginal difference for individuals. He also discussed reforming the way we give and the way we think about giving by highlighting the importance of researching a charitable organization and also thinking about volunteering and advocating as alternate ways of supporting a cause.
The event took place at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House, and is part of the Leadership Series in memory of Preston Robert Tisch sponsored by Steve Tisch, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.