Nicholas Kristof and Doris Kearns Goodwin to Headline Humanities Washington Series

The Pulitzer Prize-winners will be part of statewide event series, “Moment of Truth: Journalism and Democracy in the Age of Misinformation.”

We’re excited to announce that journalist Nicholas Kristof and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will headline Humanities Washington’s statewide fall event series, “Moment of Truth: Journalism and Democracy in the Age of Misinformation.”

Goodwin will kick off the series on October 1 in Seattle with a lecture at Benaroya Hall, presented in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures. Kristof will appear on November 5 in Spokane at the John J. Hemmingson Center, presented in partnership with Gonzaga University’s Center for Public Humanities.

The two large events will bookend a more extensive statewide series of Think & Drink events that will explore the importance of journalism, truth, and democracy.  While challenges related to modern journalism have been well documented, this is the first statewide event series to explore issues of journalism ethics, digital citizenship, and democracy in an age of fragmented information.

“A healthy democracy relies on well-informed citizens and honest, respectful communication,” said Julie Ziegler, Humanities Washington’s executive director. “Unfortunately, as the power and influence of traditional media shrinks, the spread of misinformation is growing. Through this series, audiences can learn more about the history and evolution of the free press, the qualities that make the media an important check and balance to government, and how journalistic principles help maintain a government that is ‘of the people and for the people.'”

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian, public speaker, and author of numerous books including The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism; Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and the forthcoming Leadership in Turbulent Times, which will explore presidential leadership throughout history. Nicholas Kristof has been a columnist for The New York Times since 2001. With his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, he has written several books, most recently A Path Appears about how to make a difference. Their last book, Half the Sky, was a No. 1 bestseller. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of Tiananmen Square and the genocide in Darfur, along with many humanitarian awards such as the Anne Frank Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Single tickets for the Doris Kearns Goodwin event will go on sale through Seattle Arts & Lectures beginning July 16 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets for the Nicholas Kristof event will go on sale in September. All other events will be offered free of charge, and venues, dates, and times will be announced this summer.

Journalists and presenters participating in Think & Drink events will all hail from Washington State, including large newspapers such as The Seattle Times and The Spokesman-Review, as well as smaller papers in mid-size cities and rural towns. They will present the view of journalism as it exists in Washington State, while Kristof and Goodwin will bring a national perspective.

Together, these events will throw open the doors of the newsroom to reveal the process of how journalists—and us—can know what’s true.

“Moment of Truth” is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.

We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

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