Saturday, October 25, 2014 · 7:56 a.m.

NYT Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, columnist to speak in Chattanooga

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New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist Thomas Friedman will speak at a business-oriented discussion Tuesday as part of the Hunter Lecture Series. 

“Thomas Friedman is among a small number of public scholars in our nation whose mind can wrap around complex economic, social and political trends and bring them together in a new and integrated vision of what’s happening in the world," Dr. Grady Bogue, interim chancellor of UTC, said in a prepared statement. 

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This lecture is sponsored by the Benwood Foundation in partnership with the Communications Department at UTC.

All lectures are free and open to the public, so no tickets necessary.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 13. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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Friedman, a best-selling author, has written extensively about international affairs, globalization, the Middle East and climate change. 

His upcoming lecture will focus on the themes in his most recent book, "That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back."

"He has an Olympic view, a talent for clear and informing writing and a use of hard data illustration that brings home the themes in his books and other writings,” Bogue also said. “Bringing him to Chattanooga and promoting the debate of such critical issues are in complete agreement with UTC’s metropolitan mission of service.”

Friedman joined The New York Times in 1981. He has worked as bureau chiefs in Beirut and Israel. 

He won a 1983 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting from Lebanon and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting from Israel.

Since 1996, Friedman has served as the foreign affairs op-ed columnist for The New York Times. He has also served as chief economic correspondent in the Washington bureau and the chief White House correspondent.

He has written six best-selling books. 

The George T. Hunter Lecture Series, which is now in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Benwood Foundation and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Over the past four years, speakers have included two Pulitzer Prize winners, two Peabody Award winners, two MacArthur Genius Fellows and four listed as TIME's 100 Most Influential People.

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