Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Thomas Friedman to Speak on December 3 as Part of the 40th Annual Distinguished Lecturer Series

Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman, a multifaceted foreign affairs journalist at The New York Times, author, and recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes, will speak at William Paterson University on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in the Shea Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m., as part of the University’s Distinguished Lecturer Series.

The Distinguished Lecturer Series is in its 40th year of bringing leading personalities from the worlds of politics, government, the arts, literature, sports, science, and business, along with original programs, to the University’s campus in Wayne. In the four-decade history of the series, more than 175 public figures, including British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem, composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, have made presentations to 100,000 audience members.

Tickets for the lecture are $28 for general admission. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact William Paterson University’s Shea Center Box Office at boxoffice@wpunj.edu, call 973.720.2371 or visit www.wp-presents.org.

Friedman will discuss the opportunities and challenges that profound “accelerations,” including technology and connectivity pose for society, as well as for individuals, businesses, and governments. He will also explore solutions — on the local and global level — to ensure the future of work, skills, income, and prosperity. A book signing will be held immediately following the lecture in the Shea Center lobby.

Friedman is the author of several bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World is Flat, and That Used to be Us: How Americans Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We can Come Back.

In his latest bestseller, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Friedman offers a blueprint for overcoming the stresses and challenges of a world transformed by technology, globalization, and climate change.

Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and accessible analysis of complex issues shaping the world. He has covered the monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. Vanity Fair called him “the country’s best newspaper columnist.”



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