On Thursday, April 20 at 8 p.m., UCSB Arts & Lectures presents Thomas L. Friedman, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs author and journalist, and his lecture, A Field Guide to the 21st Century: How to Live in an Age of Acceleration, at the Arlington Theatre (1317 State St.).
“Friedman doesn’t just report on events; he helps shape them,” says Foreign Policy.
A New York Times columnist since 1981, Friedman’s most popular books include The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, From Beirut to Jerusalem, and his latest work, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.
Named “the country’s best newspaper columnist” by Vanity Fair, Friedman is known for his direct reporting and knowledgeable interpretation of complicated world issues. Ranked second on The Wall Street Journal’s list of influential business thinkers, Friedman has been named to the 2011 Thinkers50 and the list of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers in 2013. He is considered one of America’s Best Leaders by US News & World Report and was commended for his “clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat” by the Pulitzer Board when awarded his third Pulitzer Prize.
Friedman frequently appears on television, including programs such as Meet the Press, Morning Joe and Charlie Rose. His accomplishments include television documentaries, Searching for the Roots of 9/11, The Other Side of Outsourcing and Addicted to Oil, which have aired on the Discovery Channel. He also appears in Showtime’s climate change series Years of Living Dangerously, which is executively produced by James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In his lecture, Friedman reveals a crucial design for how to think in modern times, by looking to pioneers who are finding resolutions to the fast-paced changes happening to our planet.