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Presidential Speaker Series: Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn

Husband-and-wife duo Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, who combine journalism and activism in their unique brand of reporting centered on human rights abuses and advocacy, will speak at the fourth Kent State University Presidential Speaker Series on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Kristof and WuDunn were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for their coverage of China's Tiananmen Square democracy movement.

This free, ticketed event is open to the public. General admission tickets are required to gain entry and are available beginning Monday, Oct. 21. Their appearance is sponsored by Kent State’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the College of Communication and Information.

"These are front-line journalists who have seen the world’s history unfold in front of their eyes, and their perspective demands our attention," said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. "Human rights continue to be a dominant issue around the world – one that our students will face as they enter the global workforce. Kristof and WuDunn have a message that will resonate with both our heads and our hearts."

As world-renowned human rights activists, Kristof and WuDunn give a voice to the voiceless. For more information about these speakers, visit