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Nicholas Kristof

NY Times Columnist After Newsweek Expose: I Wish I 'Had Never Written About Her'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is now expressing doubt about the backstory of Somaly Mam, an anti-human trafficking advocate whom he's writ...

There's Work to be Done

Amy Cooper | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Amy Cooper

As the world watches in horror and keeps their fingers crossed for the safe return of the 300-plus girls captured in Nigeria, there has been much conf...

Freeing the Media's Coverage of Incarceration and the Mentally Ill

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.05.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

I am glad that mental illness is being discussed more openly these days, a tribute, I would like to think, to those of us who have been writing and talking about our condition for years. But this is a very complicated issue, and the language used can sometimes backfire and perpetuate stigma.

The Poverty of Policy on Poverty

David Coates | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
David Coates

Since there is currently a rather large amount of poverty around that ideally would be rapidly alleviated, you could legitimately expect that the proposals that each side brought to the table might significantly erode the poverty under review. Sadly, however, neither set of proposals do.

What Are Academics Good For?

Patricia Morizio | Posted 05.10.2014 | Education
Patricia Morizio

Do not ask an academic what he or she has to offer to society. (In fact, do not ask ANYONE this question [SMH]). Instead, ask them about what they know, what they love, and what they do; perhaps even why they do it.

Access Denied: Can Academics Bridge the Gap Between the Academy and the Mainstream Reading Public?

Jim Downs | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Jim Downs

In a recent NYT piece, Nicholas Kristof argued that the main determinant blocking academics from being read by mainstream readers results from the arcane ways in which they write. That is not the problem. The problem lies not with academics' prose, but rather with access to mainstream publications.

Exclusion or Equality: Where Are The Men in Women's Empowerment?

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Women
Marissa Bronfman

While the semantics of "feminism" tend to polarize people, its definition is very simple: equality between men and women.

The Scholar's Obligations

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.27.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

In a climate of increasing contempt for the intellectual, why bother? We bother because it is one of our most important obligations.

Kristof Is Right About the Lack of Public Intellectuals. Thank Goodness!

Dan Butin | Posted 04.22.2014 | Education
Dan Butin

Thank goodness for arcane unintelligibility! Hurrah for gobbledygook! For without it, there could never be any public intellectuals. In fact, the lifeblood of scholars who are public intellectuals is exactly the kind of complex and often indecipherable academic work that Kristof bemoans. You cannot have one without the other.

Why Nicholas Kristof's Latest Column Stings So Much and Why He's Right

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 04.20.2014 | College
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

Professors do need to engage more fully in public debates. We must do so in a way more hospitable to those without post-graduate degrees.

Dear Mr. Kristof, Get to Know the Facts (and We've Been Here All This Time, Too)

Matthew W. Hughey | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Matthew W. Hughey

Rather than debate over whether Kristof wants to engage in a blame-game against professors or if he simply misses the material conditions of social change to which all of us -- professors included -- are subject, I'd like to take on some of his premises that did strike me as blatantly wrong-headed.

Mr. Kristof, We Are Here! We Are Here! We Are Here!

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
Marshall P. Duke

Every professor worth his or her salt can write clearly, informatively and provocatively. Give us a place to communicate broadly, in plain language, and I am betting that the professors that Mr. Kristof is hailing will answer the call.

'The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants': The Damaging Societal Message Exposed in Dylan Farrow's Brave Stand

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 04.14.2014 | Entertainment
SaraKay Smullens

The recent brave stands of Nicholas Kristof and Dylan Farrow insist that we face the prevalence of sexual abuse of children, the deviousness of adults...

Sympathy for Nick Kristof on His Piece on Mental Illness

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.13.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

I appreciate the good intentions of Kristof's piece. I absolutely agree with him about the need for more psychiatric beds in this country. But I disagree with Kristof's underlying premise that most of the mentally ill end up in jail or cannot hold down a job.

Woody Allen and the Art of the Impossible

David Toussaint | Posted 04.11.2014 | Media
David Toussaint

There are three things I've been reminded of since the reignited Woody Allen controversy started swirling around the blogosphere like one of those biz...

To Kiss or Not To Kiss Nicholas Kristof, Mental-Health Policy Wonk

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.11.2014 | Media
Robert David Jaffee

People with serious mental illness would tell you that what they seek is a world without stigma, a world where they don't have to fear losing their jobs or their lovers because of any perceived association with criminals.

Why the Woody Allen Affair Makes Us All Uneasy, and Rightly So

Sandip Roy | Posted 04.05.2014 | Entertainment
Sandip Roy

Is Kristof justified in lending his New York Times megaphone to launch what is effectively Dylan's call for a sort of cultural blacklisting of Woody Allen -- a trial by media because it's too late for a trial by court?

Controversial Hillary Cover of TIME Illuminates Sexism in the Media

Marianne Schnall | Posted 03.22.2014 | Women
Marianne Schnall

This cover is a potent visualization of some of the concerning cultural obstacles and stereotypes that continue to hold back women and girls from positions of power.

The Real News About Obamacare

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

If I hadn't had superior health insurance, I would have died many years ago--a life cut short by a lack of access to health care. It makes me angry that millions of Americans cannot not share my good fortune.

Don't Be Afraid of Diversity

Preeti Vissa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Preeti Vissa

In an increasingly diverse nation, both business and government have started to learn that embracing diversity -- not just with feel-good language but in real, concrete terms -- can make everything they do better.

Constitution Is Not a Suicide Pact

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The Republican tea party caucus say they wish to negotiate. They propose to defund the Affordable Care Act as their price. But the democratic process has spoken. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.

At Least We Get to the Stars: Authors Walk the Walk

Michele Weldon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Michele Weldon

What better way to celebrate your 25th wedding anniversary than with 1,900 of your biggest fans?Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and authors Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, did just that at the 28th annual Chicago Foundation for Women luncheon.

Crimes and Punishment

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

What we don't need time to learn is that enforcement of laws in the hands of the wrong people produce results as bad as the results authorities hope to prevent.

Media Myopia and the Image of Africa

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.08.2013 | Media
Paul Stoller

Can we send journalists -- even one as good as Nicholas Kristof -- to faraway places where people speak unfamiliar languages like Songhay, Hausa, Tamasheq, and Wolof and expect them to quickly and fully understand what they are witnessing?

Here & Now

K. Sujata | Posted 09.17.2013 | Chicago
K. Sujata

No matter where you focus your attention, the issues affecting women and girls are vital to the well-being of our world. There are bold, resilient and powerful women right here in Chicago who are confronting these issues head on with innovative or proven solutions.