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The Skirball and Writers Bloc Present Nicholas Kristof & Rabbi Sharon Brous

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Headshots of Nicholas D. Kristof and Rabbi Sharon Brous beside the cover of the book, Chasing Hope: A Reporter's Life.

Nicholas D. Kristof by David Hume Kennerly

Hear journalist and columnist Nicholas Kristof discuss his new book, Chasing Hope: A Reporter's Life, with Rabbi Sharon Brous.

Date and Time

Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 pm

Doors at 6:30 pm

Details and Pricing


  • $25 General
  • $53 General + 1 copy of Chasing Hope

Tickets for this event are sold through Writers Bloc. The event will take place at Skirball Cultural Center in Herscher Hall. For any ticketing questions please email reservations@writersblocpresents.com

About the Program

What gets more clicks: politics, atrocities, or the pursuit of social justice? 

Journalist and columnist Nicholas Kristof doesn’t care. What he does care about is reporting what he sees, whether in Africa, Europe, Asia, or here. He has seen it all, and covered it all in his Pulitzer Prize winning pieces for The New York Times and in his many books. Kristof is revered for his insistence on speaking truth to power; his global reporting on some of the most troubling regimes and atrocities of our time has forced us to look when we would rather turn the page. But he makes us engage so deeply, so we can’t turn the page. And who knows how he does it, but he gives us a snapshot of people doing good in unimaginable situations. Kristof has used his position as one of the great reporters to focus our attention not only on human rights violations in oppressive regimes, but on justice issues here in America. He introduces us to heroes along the way, in every corner of the world. In his new book, Chasing Hope: A Reporter’s Life, Kristof not only recounts some of his more harrowing encounters, he gives us a real sense of optimism as we meet the individuals who have shown their heroism and their commitment to standing up to injustice. He’s one of a kind.

In conversation with Rabbi Sharon Brous. Rabbi Brous is widely considered to be one of the most influential Jewish leaders in the country, and is the founder of IKAR, a synagogue in Los Angeles. She is a leader in social justice initiatives here and abroad, and has met with presidents and other leaders. She is the author of the recently released book, The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Heal Our Hearts and Mend Our Broken World.

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