Pulitzer Winner Visits IUPUI

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize–winning co-author of the best seller Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, visited IUPUI in November as part of the 2011–13 Common Theme initiative.

WuDunn and her husband, New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, titled their book after the Chinese proverb: “Women hold up half the sky.” They recounted stories of women of courage and determination battling sex trafficking, abuse, gender-based violence, poverty, and lack of education and basic health care in Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, and Vietnam.

The book inspired a documentary of the same name, featuring such notable actresses as America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde.

The common theme, “Change Your World: The Power of New Ideas,” was inspired by the stories and principles described in the book How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein, which was the campus reader for 2011–12.