Thursday, April 7, 2011

Nick Kristof in Tallahassee Recap

Jennifer, Tara and I went to see Nick Kristof talk about his book Half the Sky a week ago Monday (3/28). FSU SGA (Student Government Association) invited him as part of their new Golden Tribe Lecture series. I'm pretty excited that the series will bring thought-provoking speakers to campus.

Mr. Kristof spoke at the recently renovated Ruby Diamond Auditorium on campus. It's a beautiful space, and even though there were a lot of people there, we were able to get seats pretty close (about 8 rows back). And we just happened to be in the same row with my friend Paula. Small world!

His talk was really good - it hit most of the major points of the book without going into too much detail. It was nice to see the pictures of the places he talked about, and to hear about the triumphs of the communities. The best part of the evening, for me, though, was the question and answer session. Kristof flew to Tallahassee straight from Egypt where he is covering the uprisings in the Middle East for the New York Times. He answered questions about Libya, the Ivory Coast and Egypt, and also addressed big picture queries like how to stop human trafficking. I also learned that FSU has a human rights literature program (wow). 

It was a good evening, and as thought-provoking as FSU Student Government Association hoped it would be.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Vintage)

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