Thomas Friedman asks “What Kind of International Borders Will Exist in the 21st Century?” in lecture, Sept. 17

Thomas Friedman, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, best-selling author and foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, will present his talk, “What Kind of International Borders Will Exist in the 21st Century?” on September 17, 2003, at 11 a.m. in the Athletic Complex Field House, located north of Francis Field on the Washington University campus. Friedman’s lecture is also the Arts & Sciences Sesquicentennial lecture. Assembly Series lectures are free and open to the public. Parking will be limited; check the Assembly Series website for overflow parking information.

Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman

Friedman won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for commentary as well as the 1983 and 1988 Pulitzers for international reporting from Lebanon and Israel respectively. His book From Beirut to Jerusalem (1989) won the National Book Award for non-fiction and his second book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, won the 2000 Overseas Press Club award for best non-fiction book on foreign policy. His latest book is Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World after 9/11.

He received 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 as the chief White House correspondent. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Friedman has become one of the most sought after experts by the media. He recently returned from a trip to Iraq.

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Editor’s note: Friedman also will participate in a panel discussion on “What Kind of International Borders Will Exist in the 21st Century?” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the university’s Graham Chapel. Arts & Sciences is hosting a series of four panel discussions, called “Conversations,” as part of the university’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2003-04. In the first “Conversation,” Seyla Benhabib, a political science and philosophy professor at Yale University and Bruce Blair, president of the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C. , will join Friedman and Washington University faculty as they look at how the nature of international borders may be changing. The event is free and open to the public; parking is limited.