An Intimate Discussion with the first married couple to win a Pulitzer prize about the challenges facing America today

Join us Saturday January 11th for an engaging talk by Nick Kristof ’82 and Sheryl WuDunn ‘82 on their new book, "Tightrope," which issues a plea--deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans--to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.


With stark poignancy and political dispassion, Tightrope draws us deep into an "other America." The authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon, an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About one-quarter of the children on Kristof's old school bus died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents. And while these stories unfolded in one corner of the country, they are representative of many places the authors write about, ranging from the Dakotas and Oklahoma to New York and Virginia.


But here too are stories about resurgence, among them: Annette Dove, who has devoted her life to helping the teenagers of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, as they navigate the chaotic reality of growing up poor; Daniel McDowell, of Baltimore, whose tale of opioid addiction and recovery suggests that there are viable ways to solve our nation's drug epidemic. Taken together, these accounts provide a picture of working-class families needlessly but profoundly damaged as a result of decades of policy mistakes. With their superb, nuanced reportage, Kristof and WuDunn have given us a book that is both riveting and impossible to ignore.

Kristof is a New York Times op-ed columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. Kristof and WuDunn have written four best-selling books, including the No. 1 New York Times best-seller "Half the Sky." They were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer for journalism, for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in China and the massacre that followed. Kristof later won a second for his columns from Darfur. Kristof and WuDunn live in Westchester and have three children: Gregory ’15, Geoffrey ’17 and Caroline ’20.


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The club event will include a luncheon with beverage service and talk by Kristof and WuDunn.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
1:00pm - 3:30pm (lunch and talk)
Renaissance Westchester Hotel
80 West Red Oak Lane
West Harrison, NY 10604  
Alumni and their guests


James Black ’96


$60 early bird special for club members (book by 12/1; plus one guest at this discounted rate)

$65 per person (Club members; members may also bring one guest at this discounted rate)  

$75 non-members (and guests)

$50 current Harvard college students (classes of 2020 to 2023)