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Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Thomas L. Friedman at Moravian – October 2

His appearance marks the 20th anniversary of the Cohen series at Moravian

Thomas L. Friedman(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— Moravian will celebrate 20 years of the Cohen Arts and Lectures Series with a timely lecture by Thomas L. Friedman, “The global economy and U.S. foreign policy,” on Thursday, October 2, at 8 p.m. This 20th annual Cohen Arts and Lecture Series program will be held in Johnston Hall at Moravian College, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Friedman is among the best-known and respected analysts of the Middle East. A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author, his column for the New York Times take an authoritative approach to complex global issues. He 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 the months following 9/11, Friedman’s Op-Ed page column for The New York Times provided the clarifying, evenhanded assessments that were so urgently sought. In awarding him his third Pulitzer Prize (the 2002 award for Distinguished Commentary), the Pulitzer Board cited his “clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.”
Friedman’s New York Times bestseller, Longitudes and Attitudes, traces his post-9/11 journey from Afghanistan to Israel, Europe, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia to meet with the regions’ leaders, thinkers and citizens. Filled with emotional reactions and reasoned analysis, the book also includes a collection of his Pulitzer-winning columns.

Friedman has covered many of the monumental stories of recent decades, from the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin to the return of Hong Kong to China. His tireless reporting skills and innate knack for obtaining the right information from the right people have earned him two Pulitzer Prizes for International Reporting (for his coverage of Israel and Lebanon in ’83 and ’88).
In 1981 Friedman joined The New York Times as a business reporter, specializing in OPEC and oil-related news. He was quickly named Beirut bureau chief (just six weeks before the Israeli invasion). He also has served as Israel bureau chief, Washington chief diplomatic correspondent, chief White House correspondent and chief economics correspondent.

Friedman appears in his own segment on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer called “Tom’s Journal” in which he shares his reflections and opinions on his most recent trips abroad. He is also a frequent guest on other current affairs programs, including Face the Nation and Charlie Rose.

His bestseller From Beirut to Jerusalem serves as a basic text on the Middle East in many colleges and universities nationwide. It won both the National Book Award and Overseas Press Club Award in 1989.

Friedman is also author of the international bestseller, The Lexus and the Olive Tree (translated into 20 languages), which explains globalization’s effect on the politics, culture and economics of an increasingly interwoven global community. Kirkus Reviews called it “simply the best book written on globalization.”

Friedman was born in Minneapolis on July 20, 1953. After finishing high school in Minneapolis, he attended Brandeis University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1975 with a degree in Mediterranean Studies. During his undergraduate years, he spent semesters abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the American University in Cairo. After completing his B.A., Mr. Friedman attended St. Antony's College, Oxford University, on a Marshall Scholarship. In 1978, he received a master's degree in Modern Middle East Studies from Oxford and immediately thereafter joined the London Bureau of United Press International. Mr. Friedman spent a year in London doing general assignment reports

Friedman’s appearance marks the 20th anniversary of the Cohen series at Moravian College. In past years, the series has brought to Bethlehem such notables as Anna Quindlen, Andrea Mitchell, Joseph Kennedy II, Ambassador Andrew Young, James Carville and John Sununu, the New York Philomusica, former President Jimmy Carter, author Kurt Vonnegut, former governor Mario Cuomo, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, David Gergen, Cokie Roberts, Gloria Steinem, Carl Sagan, Burl Ives, David Brinkley, Mark Russell, and others.

The Cohen Arts and Lectures Series at Moravian College was established in 1984 by Bernard (deceased) and Bertha Cohen, who were active in Bethlehem business and community affairs until their 1976 relocation to Boca Raton, Florida. Bertha Cohen was a 1937 Moravian graduate and a former member of the college’s board of trustees. Bernard Cohen was a member of the Lehigh University class of 1936.

Tickets for the lecture are $10 and will be at the HUB desk in the Haupert Union Building, located at the corner of Monocacy and West Locust streets. Tickets may be purchased by phone during normal business hours at (610) 861-1336. Proceeds from the performance benefit the Moravian College Scholarship Fund.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. For more information call (610) 861-1491 or visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.