(WBNG Binghamton) The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton will host the 92Y Live program “Thomas Friedman – That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back” on Tuesday, October 23, at 7:30 pm, at the JCC, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal.
According to a news release:
It will be a DVD broadcast of a program held earlier in October at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. The cost to attend will be $8 for the general public or $5 for Federation members. The doors will open at 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Thomas Friedman, who has been called one of America’s “most influential columnists,” will analyze current challenges the United States faces – including globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation’s chronic deficits and its pattern of energy consumption – and spell out what the country needs to do now “to rediscover America and rise to this moment.”
Friedman has covered stories from around the world for THE NEW YORK TIMES since 1981. He is the winner of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them “From Beirut to Jerusalem” and “The World Is Flat.” His most-recent work, written with Michael Mandelbaum, is “How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back.” The book was a NEW YORK TIMES Book Review editors’ choice and a LOS ANGELES TIMES Best Book of 2011
He has also been awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, he was given the National Press Club's lifetime achievement award.
Friedman attended the University of Minnesota and Brandeis University, graduating summa cum laude in 1975 with a degree in Mediterranean studies. In 1978, he received an M.Phil. degree in modern Middle East studies from Oxford University. That summer, he joined the London Bureau of United Press International as a general assignment reporter. In 1979, UPI sent him to Beirut as a correspondent.
In 1981, Friedman joined the staff of THE NEW YORK TIMES in Manhattan. From May 1981-April 1982, he worked as a general assignment financial reporter for the TIMES, specializing in OPEC and oil-related news. In April 1982, he was appointed Beirut bureau chief six weeks before the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. In June 1984, Friedman was transferred to Jerusalem, where he served as the TIMES' Jerusalem bureau chief until February 1988.
In January 1989, Friedman became the TIMES'S chief diplomatic correspondent, based in Washington, DC. In November 1992, he was appointed the chief White House correspondent, covering the post-election transition and the first year of Bill Clinton's presidency. In January 1994, Friedman became the TIMES' international economics correspondent, covering the nexus between foreign policy and trade policy. Since 1995, Friedman has been the TIMES' foreign affairs columnist.
Friedman is a member of the Brandeis University Board of Trustees and, since 2004, of the Pulitzer Prize Board. He was a visiting lecturer at Harvard University in 2000 and 2005. He has been awarded honorary degrees by Brandeis University, Macalester College, Haverford College, the University of Minnesota, Hebrew Union College, Williams College, Washington University in St. Louis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Technion, the University of Maryland at Baltimore, Grinnell College, the University of Delaware and Tulane.