Pulitzer winning journalist Thomas Friedman to speak at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Thomas L. Friedman, the foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times, will speak at Purdue University on Sept. 19 about his upcoming book “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America.”

Pulitzer winning journalist Thomas Friedman
Thomas Friedman

Friedman, whose talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Elliot Hall of Music, has reported on the current Middle East conflicts, the end of the Cold War, U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy, international economics, and the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat. The College of Engineering – including its Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Global Engineering Program, and School of Mechanical Engineering – has partnered with the Center for the Environment, Energy Center, Office of the Provost and Purdue Climate Change Research Center in sponsoring his speech and related activities that week.

The speech is free and open to the public, but tickets are required in order to reserve a seat. Tickets can be picked up at the Elliott Hall of Music after Aug. 25.

“Tom Friedman has won three Pulitzer Prizes for his work with the New York Times and is one of our country’s foremost journalists on energy and how that has affected our foreign policy,” said event organizer E. Dan Hirleman, the William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering. “He is one of the world’s preeminent commentators on international affairs.”

In 2005 Friedman’s book “The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century” was an international bestseller and given the first Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and Friedman was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S.News & World Report.

His book “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” was one of the best-selling books in 1999 and winner of the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for the best nonfiction book on foreign policy. It’s now available in 20 languages. Friedman’s 2002 book “Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11” consists of columns Friedman wrote about Sept. 11, as well as a diary of his private experiences and reflections during his reporting on the post-September world as he traveled in 2005 from Afghanistan to Israel, Europe, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

Friedman is author of “From Beirut to Jerusalem,” which won both the National Book Award and the Overseas Press Club Award in 1989 and was on the New York Times’ bestseller list for nearly a year. It is now used as a basic textbook on the Middle East in many high schools and universities and has been published in 27 languages.

Friedman graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a bachelor’s degree in Mediterranean studies and received a master’s degree in modern Middle East studies from Oxford University. He has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University and has been awarded honorary degrees from several U.S. universities. He lives in Bethesda, Md., with his wife Ann and their two daughters.

The College of Engineering serves more than 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students with a wide range of academic programs and interdisciplinary projects, including many related to environment, energy and global issues. The Center for the Environment, Energy Center and Purdue Climate Change Research Center coordinate campuswide activities involving the colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Science, Technology and the Krannert School of Management.

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