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Catherine Gibson
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Last modified: Monday, October 4, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, author Tom Friedman to appear at IU as part of Themester 2010

WHAT: Union Board presents: Thomas Friedman: "Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution -- And How it Can Renew America"
WHEN: Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
WHERE: IU Auditorium, 1211 E. Seventh St.
TICKETS: Free general admission tickets will be issued to IU Bloomington students with a valid student ID beginning Friday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. at the IU Auditorium Box Office. Free general admission tickets will be available to non-students beginning on Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. at the IU Auditorium Box Office. Ticket limit: two per person. For more information, call 812-855-1103.

Oct. 4, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman will present a free, open-to-the-public lecture at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Indiana University Auditorium. Friedman is an internationally renowned reporter and columnist known for his bestselling books about globalization and foreign affairs. His IU Auditorium appearance coincides with the second-annual Themester, "sustain•ability: Thriving on a Small Planet," a program of IU's College of Arts and Sciences.

Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman will present a lecture titled "Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution -- And How it Can Renew America."

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Friedman's visit is sponsored by the Indiana Memorial Union Board, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Journalism, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Harvey C. Bunke MBA Business Ethics Workshop in the Kelley School of Business, the Office of the Provost and the Center for Study of Global Change.

Friedman has been reporting since the early 1970s, when he was sent to Beirut to report on the Lebanese civil war. He later worked as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, eventually becoming the bureau chief in Beirut, where he wrote about conflict in the Middle East.

In recent years, Friedman has concentrated on environmental and economic global interdependence. He won Pulitzer Prizes for his international reporting from Lebanon (1983) and Israel (1988) and for distinguished commentary (2002). His books include the award-winning bestsellers Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America and The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century.

Press interested in more information should contact Union Board Public Relations Director Catherine Gibson at

About Themester

The College of Arts and Sciences' Themester is an initiative to engage the collective knowledge and creativity of the faculty and to involve undergraduate students in the exploration of ideas across the disciplines. Grounded in the undergraduate curriculum of the College, Themesters are imagined as extended opportunities to engage with students, colleagues and the wider community in conversation on challenging issues. This year's "sustain•ability: Thriving on a Small Planet" is the College's second-ever Themester.