Becker College Presidential Speaker Series Featuring Thomas L. Friedman

The Becker College Presidential Speaker Series features thought leaders known for their expertise and perspectives on key challenges and opportunities facing students preparing for meaningful, successful careers in a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.

The series, presented by the Becker College Office of the President, advances the College’s mission of preparing world-ready graduates who are prepared to thrive, contribute to, and lead in a global society. Proceeds are directed to the John J. Dorsey Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides merit scholarships for students to attend Becker College. Dorsey, who started his career as an attorney and then dedicated more than 40 years to education, was an esteemed Professor of Legal Studies at Becker until his passing.

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Welcoming Keynote Speaker

Internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist—the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.

Thomas L. Friedman

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

VIP Reception  5:00-6:00 p.m.
Event Sponsor:

Fallon Health

Bestselling author of The World is Flat and columnist for The New York Times, Tom Friedman 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.

His following book, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America, was a #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.

Ranked #2 on The Wall Street Journal's list of “influential business thinkers,” named to the 2011 Thinkers50, and considered one of “America's Best Leaders” by US News & World Report, Friedman 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.

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.”

For a biography of Thomas L. Friedman, click here

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