Thomas L. Friedman to Speak at MIT

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author will join MIT President L. Rafael Reif as part of the Institute’s Compton Lecture Series

September 25, 2018

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CAMBRIDGE, MA – On Monday, October 1st, MIT’s Karl Taylor Compton Lecture Series will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Thomas L. Friedman to deliver the lecture: “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.” The event, which will take place at 4:00 PM in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, will also include remarks from MIT President L. Rafael Reif and a moderated Q&A with Friedman. 

Friedman has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work at The New York Times. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times reports on U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflicts, international economics, environment, biodiversity, and energy. Mr. Friedman is also the author of several award-winning books, including From Beirut to Jerusalem, Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, and his latest, Thank you For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations 2.0, which was updated and released in 2017.

The Karl Taylor Compton Lecture Series, named after the former MIT president, was established in order to bring leaders to campus who are noted for their universality of thought and their influence on human values. Since its inception in 1957, the series has welcomed a range of speakers, including Senator Edward M. Kennedy, journalist Tom Brokaw and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Karl Taylor Compton Lecture:
“Thomas L. Friedman – Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations”

Monday, October 1st
4:00-5:00 PM

Kresge Auditorium/Building W16
48 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to to ensure access as space is limited.


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