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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 6, 2013 – On Tuesday, April 9, New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas D. Kristof will speak at La Roche College as part of the College’s 50th anniversary celebration. His presentation, “A Call to Action: Encouraging Young People to Join the ‘World’s Fight’ and Take on a Cause Larger than Themselves,” is free and open to the public. The event was originally scheduled this past fall but postponed due to Superstorm Sandy.

A seasoned journalist, Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six and has traveled to 140 countries and all 50 states. Often called the ‘reporter’s reporter,’ he is known for his focus on global health, poverty and gender issues. Kristof has brought broad attention to human rights issues in Darfur and the Congo and has raised awareness on human trafficking and the oppression of women worldwide. A reporter, columnist and book author, Kristof has won two Pulitzer Prizes and been nominated for six.

“We chose Nicholas Kristof as a presenter because of his interest in covering global issues involving peace and social justice, as well as the compassion that he shows on these subjects,” said Dr. Howard Ishiyama, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at La Roche College. “We believe that his message will resonate with our students, the broader La Roche community and anyone who wants to make a difference in the world.”

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Kerr Fitness and Sports Center on the La Roche campus. There is no cost, but preregistration is required. A book signing will follow the event. Those who registered for the postponed fall event must register again to be guaranteed a seat. Register online at or contact Gina Work at or 412-536-1097.

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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