Pulitzer-winner Friedman is next Delt Lecturer

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman will share his insights on “The Big Trends Shaping the World Today” as the 2016 Delta Phi Rho Lecturer at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in King Chapel on the Cornell College campus. The lecture is free, however, due to overwhelming interest, public tickets are no longer available and tickets will be required for entry. Only Cornell student tickets remain. Doors to King Chapel, which is handicap accessible, will open at 6 p.m. The event will be followed by a book signing in Cole Library. 

New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman
New York Times columnist and author Thomas Friedman

Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, he has covered monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. In awarding Friedman his third Pulitzer Prize, the Pulitzer Board cited his “clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.”

His next book, “Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations,” will be released Nov. 22. Pre-orders will be taken at the book signing and bookplates will be available for signing.

In “Thank You for Being Late,” his most ambitious work to date, Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration and explains how to live in it. He concludes that nations and individuals must learn to be fast (innovative and quick to adapt), fair (prepared to help the casualties of change), and slow (adept at shutting out the noise and accessing their deepest values).

Friedman is the bestselling author of “The World is Flat” and is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. “The World is Flat” sold over four million copies and won the inaugural Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

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.”

His following book, “Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—And How It Can Renew America,” was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. Friedman’s other bestsellers include “Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism,” and “The Lexus and the Olive Tree,” which Kirkus Reviews called “simply the best book written on globalization.” 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.

Friedman is ranked No. 2 on The Wall Street Journal’s list of “influential business thinkers,” named to the 2013 list of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers, and considered one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report. He is a frequent guest on programs such as “Meet The Press,” “Morning Joe,” and “Charlie Rose.” His TV documentaries, “Searching for the Roots of 9/11,” “The Other Side of Outsourcing,” and “Addicted to Oil,” have aired on the Discovery Channel. Friedman is featured in Showtime’s climate change documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously.”

This is the seventh lecture funded by Cornell’s Delta Phi Rho Centennial Endowment. Previous speakers were Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bob Woodward, Fareed Zakaria, George Stephanopoulos, David Gergen, Karl Rove, and Dee Dee Myers. A group of Delt alumni created the lecture series to contribute to the intellectual capital of the college and the community.

For more information, contact Dee Ann Rexroat.