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The Becker College Office of the President welcomes internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist, Thomas L. Friedman as the keynote speaker for the inaugural Becker College Presidential Speaker Series.
The Series invites speakers of prominence to engage in meaningful discourse about the future of the world as it pertains to education, health, sustainability, globalization, and the economy. It reflects the College's focus on preparing students to be world-ready for the challenges and entrepreneurial opportunities of the 21st century.
Thomas L. Friedman is the bestselling author of The World is Flat and a columnist for The New York Times. He is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the modern world. According to Foreign Policy magazine, "Friedman doesn't just report on events; he helps shape them."
Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. Vanity Fair called him "the country’s best newspaper columnist."
His latest New York Times bestseller, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, is That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back.
Friedman's The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century sold over four million copies; Kirkus Reviews called it "simply the best book written on globalization." The book won the inaugural Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. In 2012 Friedman updated his National Book Award-winner, From Beirut to Jerusalem, adding a fresh discussion of the Arab Awakenings and Arab/Israeli relations in a new preface and afterword.
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