Amram Scholar Series Presents: Thomas Friedman

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Date(s) - Sunday, October 29, 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Washington Hebrew Congregation


Internationally renowned New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman will launch this season’s Amram Scholar Series on Sunday, October 29, at 10:30 am at Washington Hebrew Congregation, examining the stresses and challenges of succeeding in our current world of dizzying accelerations. A bestselling author and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes for commentary and reporting overseas, Mr. Friedman examines with wit and clarity the qualities required of us as individuals and nations to adapt, even in the face of change that seems overwhelming in pace and scope.

His latest and most ambitious book to date, “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations,” maintains that the 21st century is being shaped by three great shifting forces: technology, globalization, and Mother Nature as reflected by climate change and losses in biodiversity. The result, he says, is transformative in five key realms of life: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community. And in the face of such simultaneous rapid change, there are vast new opportunities to save the world or to destroy it.

A former New York Times bureau chief in Beirut and then Jerusalem, Mr. Friedman won Pulitzers for his reporting from both places. He subsequently served as chief White House correspondent and chief economic correspondent before becoming the paper’s foreign affairs columnist in 1995. In 2004, he won the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and was honored by Queen Elizabeth II with the Order of the British Empire (OBE). His numerous nonfiction bestsellers include “The World is Flat,” “The Lexus and the Olive Tree,” and “From Beirut to Jerusalem.”

Mr. Friedman’s lecture is made possible with the support of the Abraham & Freida Hochberg Creative Cultural Fund.