Friedman to speak for Assembly Series

Thomas Friedman, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, best-selling author and foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, will discuss “What Kind of International Borders Will Exist in the 21st Century?” for the Assembly Series at 11 a.m. Sept. 17 in the Athletic Complex.

Friedman’s lecture also is the Arts & Sciences Sesquicentennial Lecture.

Having won Pulitzers in 1983 and 1988 for international reporting from Lebanon and Israel, respectively, Friedman won again in 2002, this time for commentary.

His book From Beirut to Jerusalem (1989) won the National Book Award for nonfiction, and his second book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, won the 2000 Overseas Press Club award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy. His latest book is Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World after 9/11.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University in 1975 and a master of philosophy degree in modern Middle East studies from Oxford in 1978.

Friedman joined The New York Times in 1981 and served in several positions, including Beirut bureau chief, Israel bureau chief, chief economic correspondent in the Washington bureau and chief White House correspondent.

Since the Sept. 11. 2001, terrorist attacks, Friedman has become one of the most sought-after experts by the media. He recently returned from a trip to Iraq.

Assembly Series lectures are free and open to the public. Parking will be limited; go online to for overflow parking information.

For more information, call 935-4620.

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