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The Maverick Speakers Series presents an evening with Thomas Friedman

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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ARLINGTON - Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman, author of the best-selling book “The World is Flat,” will initiate the Maverick Speakers Series at The University of Texas at Arlington. The Maverick Speakers Series is an in-depth look at the people, ideas, actions and solutions that impact the world around us. The lectures, scheduled periodically through spring 2009, are free to the entire community and feature some of the leading voices of our time.

Friedman will discuss his newest book “‘Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Revive America.” He proposes that an ambitious national strategy—which he calls "Geo-Greenism"—is needed to save the planet from overheating and is also needed to make America healthier, richer, more innovative, more productive and more secure. The lecture will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive. A book-signing will follow the lecture and books will be sold on-site. Admission to the lecture and the book-signing is free, but tickets are required as space is limited. Visit http://www.utatickets.com/ after August 18 to receive free tickets.

Friedman joined The New York Times in 1981 as a financial reporter specializing in OPEC and oil-related news and later served as the chief diplomatic, chief White House, and international economics correspondents. He has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles reporting the Middle East conflict, the end of the Cold War, U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy, international economics, and the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat. His foreign affairs column, which appears twice a week in The New York Times, is syndicated to 700 hundred newspapers worldwide.

In 2005, “The World Is Flat” was given the first Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and Friedman was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report. The No.1 best-selling book is acclaimed for helping millions of readers to see globalization in a new way.

Another of Friedman’s books, “From Beirut to Jerusalem” won both the National Book Award and Overseas Press Club Award in 1989 and was on the New York Times best seller list for nearly 12 months. The book has been published in more than 27 languages, including Chinese and Japanese, and is now used as a basic textbook on the Middle East in many high schools and universities.

Friedman also wrote “The Lexus and the Olive Tree,” one of the best-selling business books in 1999 and the winner of the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy. It is now available in 20 languages. His last book, “Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11,” consists of columns Friedman published about Sept. 11, 2001, as well as a diary of his private experiences and reflections during his reporting on the post-Sept.11 world as he traveled from Afghanistan to Israel to Europe to Indonesia to Saudi Arabia.

Friedman graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a degree in Mediterranean studies and received a master's degree in modern Middle East studies from Oxford. He has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University and has been awarded honorary degrees from several U.S. universities. He lives in Bethesda, Md. with his wife, Ann, and their two daughters.

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