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Summer Reading 2010
Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn: Half the Sky

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book cover Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

The Smith College summer reading selection for 2010 is Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Copies are available in Neilson Library.

Sheryl WuDunn will join us during orientation to discuss "Half the Sky" on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. See the press release on the Smith College news site for more information.

Half the Sky lays out an agenda for the world's women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute. We know there are many worthy causes competing for attention in the world. We focus on this one because this kind of oppression feels transcendent – and so does the opportunity. Outsiders can truly make a difference. Visit Half the Sky Movement website to learn more.

For more information about the book and the summer reading program for first-year and entering students, please see the Summer Reading website, which will be updated with information about this selection over the summer.

Read an excerpt, or view the table of contents. Visit the Random House web page devoted to the book.

Biographical Information

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are co-authors of Half the Sky. Kristof writes an Op-Ed column for The New York Times. WuDunn is an investment advisor, with a focus on philanthropy. Together, they won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of China. They have also won a George Polk Award and an Overseas Press Club Award.

Kristof also won a second Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on human rights issues, along with the Michael Kelly Award, the Online News Association Award and the ASNE Award. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and then studied law at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, graduating with first-class honors.

WuDunn, the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer, has been an executive at The New York Times and worked in finance at Goldman Sachs and Bankers Trust. She graduated from Cornell University, and has master’s degrees from Harvard Business School and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

Together, they have also written two previous books about Asia - Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia and China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power.

authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, authors of Half the Sky (Photo by Geoffrey Kristof)

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Thunder from the East
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China Wakes

Please Note: If you are off campus you will be asked for your Smith Novell/GroupWise username and password when clicking on the resources listed below.

Biography Resource Center (for a more detailed biographical overview)

Nicholas D. Kristof - a profile of the author's life and works from Contemporary Authors Online, updated 2010.

Sheryl WuDunn - a profile of the author's life and works from Contemporary Authors Online, updated 2010.

Book Reviews

To find book reviews of Half the Sky, search by keyword for "Kristof" AND "Half the Sky" in the following databases of newspapers and periodical articles.
Use SC Links SCLinks to connect to full text when available.

Academic Search Premier

Expanded Academic Index

LexisNexis Academic

Keeping in Touch

Social Media Link
Half the Sky Forum http://www.halftheskymovement.org/forum/
Nicholas D. Kristof’s Blog On the Ground http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/author/nicholas-kristof/
Nicholas D. Kristof's on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/kristof
Nicholas D. Kristof on Twitter http://twitter.com/NickKristof

Video Files

Website Link
Youtube.com A selection of videos on Half the Sky
Book TV Interview with Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, Nov. 6, 2009

More Reading On Topics Found in Half the Sky

book cover The Slave Next Door

The slave next door : human trafficking and slavery in America today / Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter. Berkeley: University of California Press, c2009.
Call number: Neilson HQ 314 .B35 2009

book cover Global Trafficking in Women and Children

Global trafficking in women and children / Edited by Obi N.I. Ebbe and Dilip K. Das. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, c2008.
Call number: Neilson HQ 281 .E18 2008

Rape as a Weapon of War
Rape as a Weapon of War: Accountability for Sexual Violence in War. United States. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Human Rights and the Law Subscommittee. Judiciary. (Statement of Physicians for Human Rights).
book cover Transcultural Bodies

Transcultural bodies: female genital cutting in global context / edited by Ylva Hernlund, Bettina Shell-Duncan. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, c2007.
Call number: Neilson GN 484 .T734 2007

book cover Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking: international context and response / Marie Segrave, Sanja Milivojevic and Sharon Pickering. Publisher Cullompton, Devon; Portland, Or. : Willan Pub., 2009.
Call number: HQ 281 .S44 2009

Past Summer Readings

Summer Reading 2009
The Green Collar Economy (Van Jones)

Summer Reading 2008
Native Guard (Natasha Trethewey)

Summer Reading 2007
Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)

Summer Reading 2006
Mountains Beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder)

Summer Reading 2005
Kettle Bottom (Diane Gilliam Fisher)

Summer Reading 2004
The Gangster We Are All Looking For (Lê Thi Diem Thúy)

Summer Reading 2003
Atonement (Ian McEwan)

Summer Reading 2002
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America (Barbara Ehrenreich)

Summer Reading 2001
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Anne Fadiman)

Help from a Librarian

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