EWC Associate Carol Davis Wins New York Times Blog Contest

Congratulations to Carol Davis (ASDP 00, 08)!

Carol Davis (Photo Credit, Franklin & Marshall College)

In August 2009, Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The Times since 2001 and two-time Pullitzer Prize winner, announced at his New York Times Blog “On The Ground” a contest for readers with an interest in global poverty. This contest was launched by Kristof on the same week that the The New York Times Magazine issued a special Sunday issue focused on women in the developing world, including an excerpt from “Half the Sky,” a book by Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn.

There were over 700 submissions highlighting individual and group efforts to eradicate poverty and extremism in the world. Kristof selected Carol’s project, Nepal Health Project, as one of the winners of the “Half the Sky” contest. Here’s what Kristof wrote about Carol’s submission:

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A teacher uses her salary to fund a street theater troupe and school workshop program in rural Nepal focusing on personal health and hygiene, girl’s education and maternal mortality: “Full of information, witty dialog and slapstick, the traveling play keeps audiences laughing while they learn about washing hands, building latrines away from water sources, hydrating babies with diarrhea and taking children for inoculations before they contract preventable diseases.”

You can review the full entry of Carol at Kristof’s blog.

Currently, Carol is associate professor of theater at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. In 2000, when she was on the faculty of Pomona College, she participated in the East-West Center/National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Religions, Philosophies, and Culture of India. Carol reported: “That was a valuable program and I have stayed in touch with the East West Center since then. I appreciate being part of the East-West Center family.”


  • Download a EWC research paper on teenage marriage and childbearing
    in Indonesia and Nepal
  • Learn more about the book “Half The Sky
  • Contact Carol Davis for questions about the Nepal Health Project