Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman to address students

2 August 2011

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences students will engage with multiple Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman when he delivers a special guest lecture at the University on 2 August.

In the context of the upcoming 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Friedman will explore issues such as the Arab Spring uprisings and the democracy agenda in the Middle East. Speaking in the University's Great Hall as a guest of the United States Study Centre, he will discuss whether the United States can rebound from the twin shocks of the 9/11 attacks and the global financial crisis.

Professor Geoffrey Grant, Chief Executive of the United States Study Centre said, "I am delighted to welcome Thomas Friedman to the University. His address will be a highlight of my undergraduate course, US in the World, which this year focuses on the 9/11 Decade."

"This course is designed to give students the ability to understand how the behaviour of policymakers and opinion leaders shape news headlines so Friedman, as one of America's most influential journalists, is an ideal speaker."

Other guest lecturers in the US in the World course this year include US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich and Huffington Post commentator Marty Kaplan.

Thomas Friedman is the author of the bestsellers From Beirut to Jerusalem, The Lexus and the Olive Tree and the forthcoming That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back. He has won the Pulitzer Prize three times.

Please note this is an invitation-only event.

Contact: Verity Leatherdale

Phone: 02 9351 4312

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