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Pulitzer Prize-winning writer to discuss globalization and its impact

Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor
(217) 333-2177; a-lynn@illinois.edu

3/12/2001

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Thomas Friedman, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, will discuss globalization and its impact during a lecture at the University of Illinois.

The talk, titled "Globalization and Its Discontents: Cultural, Political and Economic Consequences of Globalization," will begin at 7:30 p.m. March 29 in 112 Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright St., Urbana.

The free public lecture is part of the 2001 Richard G. & Carole J. Cline Symposium, an annual event sponsored by the UI department of political science and the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Before becoming the Times’ foreign affairs columnist in 1995, Friedman was the newspaper’s chief economic correspondent, chief White House correspondent, chief diplomatic correspondent and bureau chief in Beirut and Jerusalem.

He also is the author of the current best-seller "The Lexus and the Olive Tree," and of "From Beirut to Jerusalem," which won a 1989 National Book Award.

Friedman shared the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1983 for his work in Lebanon, and he won the prize again in 1988 for his work in Israel. He joined the Times in 1981. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University and his master’s degree in modern Middle East studies from Oxford University.

While on campus, Friedman also will take part March 30 in the annual Cline Symposium. The topic of the symposium, which is open to invited guests and the media, is "Global Economic Pressures and the Social Safety Net." Richard G. Cline, chairman of Hawthorne Investors Inc. and a 1957 UI graduate, will take part in the discussion. For more information about the Cline events, call Margarita Ham, (217) 333-7457.