Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Nicholas D. Kristof

WorldOregon presents the 2020 International Speaker Series: Bridging Perspectives

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, WorldOregon’s International Speaker Series is one of the nation’s premier platforms for international affairs. For two decades, the series has put you in the room with the global leaders, visionaries, and inspiring voices that are changing our world. And this year is no different, presenting an array of the people, the big ideas, and the issues framing our role on the world stage.

Speaker Line-Up:

Three-lecture series tickets (to McMaster, Murad & Kristof lectures) are on sale now. Individual speaker tickets go on sale February 13th at 10am.

Nicholas D. Kristof: Global Leadership & the Humanitarian Challenge—Lessons from 35 Years of Covering the World

Award-winning New York Times Columnist

Kristof, an Oregon native, reflects on the risks ahead for the U.S. and its standing as global leader. Should we aim to have countries fear us or admire us? Do we maximize our competitiveness through trade policy abroad or through educational investments at home? Is U.S. leadership passing to China, India and Europe, and if so how can we recover the mantle? What lessons are there from the rest of the world that America can learn from?


Nicholas D. Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries. During his travels, he has caught malaria, experienced wars, confronted warlords, and survived an African airplane crash. Kristof not only managed to survive and press on, he also won two Pulitzers in the process – advocating human rights and giving a voice, to the voiceless.

In 1990 Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, then also a New York Times journalist, became the first husband-wife team to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Kristof won his second Pulitzer 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 have written four best-selling books: Half the Sky, A Path Appears, China Wakes, and Thunder from the East.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu dubbed Kristof as “an honorary African” for his reporting on conflicts there. President Bill Clinton said, “There is no one in journalism, anywhere in the United States at least, who has done anything like the work he has done to figure out how poor people are actually living around the world, and what their potential is.” After joining The New York Times in 1984, Kristof served as a correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He has covered presidential politics, interviewed everyone from President Obama to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and was the first blogger on The New York Times website. In their newly published book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, Kristof and WuDunn chronicle the different struggles facing working-class America.

Three-Lecture Series Tickets

Three-lecture series tickets (to McMaster, Murad & Kristof lectures) are on sale now. Individual speaker tickets go on sale February 13th at 10am.

Series tickets: $75.00 - $375.00 | Students: $60.00

$375.00 Patron Series Subscription - Includes post-lecture receptions

$165.00 - $210.00 Orchestra Level Reserved Series Subscription

$123.75 Rear Orchestra/Mezzanine Level General Admission Series Subscription

$75.00 Lower Balcony Level General Admission Series Subscription

$60.00 Student General Admission Series Subscription

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall : Upcoming Events

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LJ Productions presents comedian Teo Gonzalez at the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Thursday...

Showing: 01/30

Oregon Symphony presents thier Game ON! special concert at the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall...

Showing: 02/01

Oregon Symphony presents The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra at the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer...

Showing: 02/02

Oregon Symphony presents Pictures at an Exhibition at the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall...

Showing: 02/08 - 02/10

White Bird welcomes Grupo Corpo dance company to the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Wednesday...

Showing: 02/12
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Oregon Symphony presents Casablanca in Concert at the Portland'5 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Friday,...

Showing: 02/14