Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman

Oklahoma City Community College will host author and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2017, in the college’s Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Friedman, who has served as a foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times since 1995, will discuss trends shaping the world today, global forces driving change in the Middle East, as well as his latest book, “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.”

Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1983 for his coverage of the Israeli invasion of Beirut, in 1988 for balanced and informed coverage of Israel, and in 2002 for commentary on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.

This event is part of the Paul Sechrist Signature Lecture Series.

About Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman PortraitThomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and, columnist—the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.

Thomas Loren Friedman was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 20, 1953, and grew up in the middle-class Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. He is the son of Harold and Margaret Friedman. He has two older sisters, Shelley and Jane.

Harold Friedman was vice president of a ball bearing company, United Bearing, started by a friend after World War II. Margaret Friedman, who served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and studied home economics at the University of Wisconsin, was a housewife and a part-time bookkeeper. Harold Friedman died of a heart attack in 1973, when Tom was nineteen years old. Margaret Friedman, who was also a Senior Life Master championship bridge player, died in 2008.

Fun fact: St. Louis Park was immortalized in the 2009 Coen brothers movie, A Serious Man. Friedman, Ethan and Joel Coen, Senator Al Franken, political scientist Norman J. Ornstein, NFL football coach Marc Trestman, and Harvard University philosopher Michael J. Sandel all grew up in or near St. Louis Park in the 1960s—and most of them went to St. Louis Park High School and the local Hebrew school. The Coen brothers once compared St. Louis Park to the small region in Hungary that had produced numerous nuclear physicists and Draculas.

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Books by Thomas Friedman

  Book Cover The World is Flat Book Cover of Hot, Flat, and Crowded Book Cover for From Beirut to Jeruselum Book Cover for The Lexus and the Olive Tree Book Cover for Longitudes and Attitudes Book Cover for Thank You For Being Late

Interested in reading one of these books? Visit the OCCC Library to check one out!


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