First Amendment Rights: A Conversation with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Sure to be lively and informative, the session will feature the award-winning journalists and authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof is often called a “reporter’s reporter” for his activism and was the subject of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival documentary Reporter. He has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to 140 countries, all 50 states, every Chinese province, and every main Japanese island in order to offer a compassionate glimpse into global health, poverty, and gender in the developing world. As part of the Half the Sky documentary series, Kristof travelled around the world along with celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde to meet inspiring individuals confronting the global oppression of women.
The first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize, Sheryl WuDunn is a business executive, entrepreneur, and best-selling author. She has special expertise in China, entrepreneurship, impact investing and helping companies do both well and good. As an investment banker, she currently helps growth companies, including those operating in the fields of technology, healthcare, entertainment and media. She helped launch the development of multimedia efforts for Half the Sky, creating an effective marketing strategy that included online and mobile games, the PBS documentary series, and outreach with dozens of NGOs.
The program will be moderated by Sree Sreenivasan, academic and journalist.
Jim Taricani, H’18, the husband of Laurie White, ’81, was a veteran Rhode Island journalist and nationally respected investigative reporter for nearly four decades with WJAR-TV and a valued member of the URI family. Shortly after he passed away in 2019, Jim’s family announced the creation of the Taricani Lecture Series on First Amendment Rights to honor his memory and his work. As a champion of the news media’s First Amendment rights, Jim was dedicated to protecting those rights, which he saw as critically important to society.Support the Taricani Lecture Series