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Thomas L. Friedman Lecture Rescheduled to Nov. 17

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October 30, 2008-Houston-
Thomas L. Friedman, a renowned author and journalist who is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, will deliver the 2008 Farfel Distinguished Lecture and the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Ethics and Leadership Lecture at 7 p.m., Nov.17 in the Cullen Performance Hall. The lecture, which was postponed due to Hurricane Ike, is part of this year's homecoming activities.

Friedman will discuss "Green Is the New, Red, White, and Blue," the foundation of his new book "Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - a n d How It Can Renew America"- about how the United States can regain its international stature by taking the lead in alternative energy and environmentalism.

The lecture is free. A ticket, however, is required. Tickets will be offered to previous ticket holders first, others will be distributed on a first-come basis. Call 713-743-2255 for more information.

Friedman won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, his third Pulitzer for The New York Times. He became the paper's foreign-affairs columnist in 1995. Previously, he served as chief economic correspondent in the Washington bureau and before that he was the chief White House correspondent. In 2005, Friedman was elected as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

According to his New York Times biography, Friedman joined The Times in 1981 and was appointed Beirut bureau chief in 1982. In 1984 Friedman was transferred from Beirut to Jerusalem, where he served as Israel bureau chief until 1988. Friedman was awarded the 1983 and 1988 Pulitzer Prizes for international reporting (from Lebanon and Israel, respectively). Friedman's book, "The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century," was released in April 2005 and won the inaugural Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year award. In 2004, he was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title, Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

His book "From Beirut to Jerusalem" (1989) won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1989 and "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" (2000) won the 2000 Overseas Press Club award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy and has been published in 27 languages. Friedman also wrote "Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism" (2002) and the text accompanying Micha Bar-Am's book, "Israel: A Photobiography."

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