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Sept. 11, 2008
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
ward.mullens@emich.edu 734.487.4400

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Thomas Friedman to speak at EMU

YPSILANTI — Thomas Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times, will speak at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 12:30 p.m.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

All tickets are $30. Tickets are available by calling the EMU Box Office at 487- 2282.

The event is part of the Ann Arbor Business Review and the Washtenaw Economic Club Speaker Series.


Friedman joined The New York Times in 1981 as a financial reporter specializing in OPEC- and oil-related news, and later served as the chief diplomatic, chief White House and international economics correspondents.

A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles reporting the Middle East conflict, the end of the Cold War, U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy, international economics and the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat. His foreign affairs column, which appears twice a week in the Times, is syndicated to 700 other newspapers worldwide.

Friedman is the author of “From Beirut to Jerusalem” (FSG, 1989), 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 12 months. From Beirut to Jerusalem has been published in more than 27 languages, including Chinese and Japanese, and is now used as a basic textbook on the Middle East in many high schools and universities.

He also wrote “The Lexus and the Olive Tree”(FSG, 1999), one of the best selling business books in 1999, and the winner of the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy. It is now available in 20 languages.

Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11,” issued by FSG in 2002, consists of columns Friedman published 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 from Afghanistan to Israel to Europe to Indonesia to Saudi Arabia.

In 2005, “The World Is Flat” was 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.

Friedman graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a degree in Mediterranean studies and received a master's degree in modern Middle East studies from Oxford. He has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University and has been awarded honorary degrees from several U.S. universities.

He is currently working on his latest book, “Green: The New Red White and Blue,” to be released in 2008.


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