A conversation with Thomas Friedman



29 July 2011

In partnership with the US Studies Centre and the Sydney Opera House, The Wheeler Centre hosted three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and acclaimed author Thomas Friedman at the Melbourne Town Hall. A long-standing and influential commentator on the Middle East and global affairs, the best-selling author discussed the trends that will shape the future. He was joined by veteran journalist turned politician Maxine McKew.


  • Thomas Friedman
    Pulitzer Prize Winner and Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times

    Thomas L. Friedman was a visitor at the US Studies Centre in 2011. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and, columnist—the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat. Friedman won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Lebanon), the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Israel), and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. In 2004, he was also awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honourary title Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, he was given the National Press Club’s lifetime achievement award. Since 1995, Friedman has been the foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times.