Loyola University Chicago
New York Times Columnist Will Lecture on the Genocide in Darfur
CHICAGO, January 22, 2007 — The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) announced today that Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof will present "First Genocide of the 21st Century: A Report from Darfur" on Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at 5:30 p.m. in Kasbeer Hall, 25 East Pearson, Loyola University Chicago. Kristof will discuss the current situation in Darfur, his own experiences there, and how we can help to stop the slaughter and bring peace to a nation at war.
Kristof, an op-ed columnist with the newspaper, has traveled to Darfur six times and was awarded his second Pulitzer Prize for his in-depth commentary and for traveling at great personal risk through Darfur and Chad. His talk comes as part of a companion series of public education programs relating to Georges Rouault's Miserere et Guerre, a series of 58 prints. Each artwork serves as a contemporary icon of scripture, social concerns, and the human response to war. The presentation will help to remind the audience that such powerful images-almost a century old-are still socially and politically relevant.
Kristof has a long history at the New York Times. He initially joined the paper in 1984, covering economics, and has served as a correspondent in Los Angeles, as bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo, and as associate managing editor responsible for the Sunday Times. In 1990, Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement, becoming the first married couple to win a Pulitzer for journalism.
Kristof has also been presented 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. He and his wife are authors of China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power and Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia.
Sponsored by LUMA and the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Kristof's lecture, will cost $5 for LUMA members and Loyola students, staff, and faculty and $10 for non-members. Reservations are strongly suggested, and can be made by calling 312-915-7630 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miserere et Guerre is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
Opened in 2005, the Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to exploring, promoting, and understanding art and artistic expression that illuminates the enduring spiritual questions of all cultures and societies. As a museum with an interest in education and educational programming, LUMA reflects the University’s Jesuit mission and is dedicated to helping people of all creeds explore the roots of their faith and spiritual quests. Located at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus, the museum occupies the first three floors of the University’s historic Lewis Towers on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue. For more information, visit the museum’s website at LUC.edu/luma.
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