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Journalist and Author Tom Friedman to Give 2012 Shilling Lecture

The 2012 Shilling Lecture will feature Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Friedman has won three Pulitzer Prizes, and according to Foreign Policy magazine, “Friedman doesn’t just report on events; he helps shape them.” Vanity Fair called him “the country’s best newspaper columnist,” and he has been named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report.

Friedman’s most recent book, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America, is a #1 New York Times bestseller. His previous bestseller, The World is Flat, has sold more than four million copies. Other bestsellers by Friedman include Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism, The Lexus and the Olive Tree and From Beirut to Jerusalem, which serves as a basic text on the Middle East in colleges and universities nationwide and won the National Book Award.

Currently, Friedman is writing a book with Michael Mandelbaum to be published in September 2011, about the major challenges facing the United States, the reason the country is not addressing those challenges effectively, and the policies America needs to adopt to ensure prosperity at home and strength abroad in the 21st century. The book’s title will be That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back.

The Shilling Lecture Series at Southwestern University was established in 1999 by The Brown Foundation Inc. of Houston to honor Southwestern’s 13th president, Roy B. Shilling Jr., and his wife, Margaret. The series brings to campus internationally prominent speakers on topics relating to ethics, public service and public policy. Past speakers include Blake Mycoskie, Bill Foege, Wangari Maathai, Bill Bradley, James Baker III, Thomas Kean, Benazir Bhutto, Desmond Tutu, Bill Moyers, President Jimmy Carter, Marian Wright Edelman, William Sloane Coffin, John McGuire and Karen Hughes.