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'Half the Sky': Co-author Kristof visits next week

By Dave Jones on January 6, 2014 in University News


This program of photos and stories will showcase women’s contributions to agriculture, food and nutrition — from fields to packinghouses and markets, in businesses, labs, restaurants and homes, and to our plates.

The photos are from students and researchers who took the images while working around the world.

The exhibition will be followed by an evening of stories shared by women who play a variety of roles in the food system.

“Women Feeding the World: Farmers, Mothers and CEOs” is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Conference Center Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the public.

The photo submission deadline is this Friday (Jan. 10); more information is available on the event website (where you can upload your submissions by using the "Submit your photos now" link).

The website also includes a gallery of some of the early submissions.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof is coming to UC Davis next week to discuss his book Half the Sky, which many of us have been reading in the 2013-14 Campus Community Book Project.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, declares “the brutality inflicted on so many women and girls around the globe” as the paramount moral challenge of the 21st century. The authors, who have three Pulitzers between them, make a case for women’s emancipation to relieve their suffering and to allow them to contribute to their countries’ formal economies.

Indeed, a book project program the week after Kristof’s visit will celebrate “Women Feeding the World: Farmers, Mothers and CEOs.” See box.

In 1990, Kristof and WuDunn became the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism, honored “for knowledgeable reporting from China on the mass movement for democracy and its subsequent suppression.”

Kristof still writes for The Times, as a columnist; he won the 2006 Pulitzer for commentary “for 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.

On his Jan. 13 visit to UC Davis, Kristof will participate in a free forum in the late afternoon and give a talk that night:

  • Forum@MC “All Hands on Deck: Supporting Women in STEM,” 4-5 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Free and open to the public.
  • Talk — 8-9:30 p.m., Jackson Hall, followed by book signing in the lobby. Tickets required for the talk.

More book project events

  • Introduction to Global Development: Terms and Concepts — Vivian Vuong, graduate student. Noon-1 p.m. Feb. 4, 2205 Education Building, 4610 X St., Sacramento.
  • The Women’s Resources and Research Center has several events on its winter-spring calendar, including a WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Mentoring Program faculty panel (Feb. 16), Vagina OurStories (March 1-2), International Womyn’s Day Celebration (March 7), Women of Color Research Summit (March 8), Equal Pay Day (April 9) and STEM for Girls (April 19). For more information, contact the WRRC, (530) 752-3372 or

The book project calendar also includes these exhibitions:

  • Sky is Falling: Paintings by Julie Heffernan — Through Jan. 26, Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento.
  • Half the Sky: A Global Transformation for Women — Works by students in the Art-Science Fusion Program’s freshman seminar (fall 2013), “The Art of Global Transformation for Women,” and community members. Through June 12, Yocha Dehe Grand Lobby, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Exhibition hours coincide with Mondavi Center performances.

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Dave Jones, Dateline, 530-752-6556,