Nicholas Kristof Visits Marlborough School

"The central moral challenge in the nineteenth century was slavery. In the twentieth century it was totalitarianism. In this century it is the oppression of women and girls throughout the world," said Kristof.

On Wednesday, April 17, Marlborough welcomed columnist for The New York Times and Pulitzer Prize-winner Nicholas Kristof to campus. Kristof was nominated by students as part of the School’s Guerin Visiting Scholars Program, which brings nationally and internationally recognized leaders to speak with the School’s 530-member student body. In addition to his All-School presentation, which addressed topics including gender-based violence and human trafficking, Kristof met with smaller groups of students, answering their questions about his extensive experience reporting on the disenfranchised in many parts of the world.

"The central moral challenge in the nineteenth century was slavery. In the twentieth century it was totalitarianism. In this century it is the oppression of women and girls throughout the world," said Kristof, adding that "Women and girls aren't the problem. They are the solution."

A writer for The New York Times since 1984 and a columnist since 2001, Kristof has won the Pulitzer Prize twice, first in 1990 with his wife Sheryl WuDunn for their coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement, and again 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 are also the authors of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a "call to arms against our era's most pervasive human right violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world."

"Marlborough's Mission includes local and global citizenship as a desired outcome of each student's education," said Barbara Wagner, Head of School. "The opportunity to hear directly from Mr. Kristof—a dedicated and inspiring leader on the topic of human rights issues around the world—was truly impactful for our students as we strive to help them become more conscientious citizens of the world."

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