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Macomb Community College kicks off Speaker Series with Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof

– Thursday, September 22, 2016 12:00AM

Opening on Sept. 29, the series brings thought-provoking, nationally prominent commentators on current issues to the college’s Lorenzo Cultural Center

On Thursday evening, Sept. 29, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof will kick off a Speakers Series, presented by First State Bank, at Macomb Community College’s Lorenzo Cultural Center in Clinton Township. The series is sponsored by First State Bank. 

“We are pleased to be able to bring prominent thought leaders to the Lorenzo Cultural Center and are gratified by the support of First State Bank in this effort,” said James Jacobs, president, Macomb Community College.  “Creating the opportunity for our community to engage in these type of exceptional  experiences to explore the issues and events that are shaping our world is at the heart of Macomb’s commitment to education, enrichment and economic development.”

Kristof writes about human rights, women’s rights, health and global affairs, and will present “A Path Appears: How an Individual Can Change the World.” His perspective on world events is framed by a breadth of global experiences: he grew up on a farm in Oregon, graduated from Harvard and studied law at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Kristoff has lived on four continents, reported on six continents and traveled to more than 150 countries. He won his first Pulitzer Prize along with his wife, Sheryl  WuDunn, for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement.  Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006 for what judges called “his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur and that gave voice to the voiceless in other parts of the world.”

The presentation begins at 7 p.m., preceded by a 5:30 p.m. meet & greet with Kristoff.  Tickets to attend the presentation only are $20, and $15 for seniors and students.  Tickets that include the meet & greet along with the presentation are $30. To purchase tickets, call 586.286.2222 or go online to

The series includes two additional presentations.  On Nov. 10, TIME magazine columnist and bestselling author Joe Klein will provide his take on this year’s election, as well as a discuss his latest book.  Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home follows the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan as they fight through guilt, injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. And on March 23, 2017, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, filmmaker, advocate, and president and CEO of the nonprofit, The Representation Project, will address the current climate of American media, its harmful effects on our culture at large, and the impact of media and culture on women’s representation leadership positions.

Lorenzo Cultural Center Speakers Series

Sept. 29: Nicolas Kristof

Nov. 10: Joe Klein

March 23: Jennifer Siebel Newson

Time: 5:30 p.m. meet & greet; 7 p.m. presentation

Tickets: $20 for presentation only; $30 for meet & greet along with presentation
Contact: 586.286.2222 or

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Lorenzo Cultural Center provides interactive learning opportunities for all ages.  It extends student discovery beyond classroom walls as well as creating multi-faceted opportunities for community members to explore the influences and experiences that shape our heritage.  The cultural center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township. More information is available at

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 44,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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