The lecture was May 17 at 4 p.m. in the EMU Ballroom.

Anand Giridharadas is an author and columnist, writing about a world in transition as seen through the lens of culture. He writes the “Currents” column for The New York Times and its global edition, the International Herald Tribune and also writes for The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking, about returning to the India his parents left. He has reported from India, China, Norway, Haiti, Brazil, Colombia, Nigeria, and the United States on subjects ranging from poverty to democracy to terrorism to the social consequences of technology.

The Robert and Mabel Ruhl Endowment, which has supported an annual Ruhl Lecture at the School of Journalism and Communication since 1974, was established by Mabel W. Ruhl, Robert’s widow, to “foster mutually beneficial contact between the School of Journalism and Communication and the mass media.” It honors Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert W. Ruhl, who was for many years one of Oregon’s most respected newspaper journalists. Ruhl, who died in 1967, was editor and publisher of the Medford Mail Tribune. He performed his duties with a high sense of responsibility to the public and with uncompromising ethics. In one instance, he wrote a series of editorials against a government reform group that was inciting unrest in the area. The paper’s editorials won the 1934 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished and meritorious public service.