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Release: Sept. 6, 2002

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Thomas Friedman to deliver College of Law's Levitt Lecture

Thomas L. Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times who has won three Pulitzer Prizes for his incisive coverage of Middle East issues, will discuss his thoughts on the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks when he delivers the University of Iowa College of Law's 2002 Levitt Lecture Friday, Sept. 20.

Friedman's lecture, "The World in an Age of Terrorism: Reflections on September 11," begins at 4 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission is free and open to the public. Following the lecture, he will sign copies of his soon-to-be released book, "Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11" in the Sun Room in the Iowa Memorial Union. Copies of the book will be for sale at the lecture site.

Friedman won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary for his collection of columns following the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. According to the Pulitzer judges, "his commentary provided the clarifying, evenhanded assessments that were so urgently needed." He received his previous Pulitzer Prizes for International Reporting for his coverage of the Mideast, first in 1983 while reporting from Lebanon and again in 1988 while reporting from Israel.

He has also reported for the Times as chief economics correspondent, White House correspondent, chief diplomatic correspondent, Beirut bureau chief and Jerusalem bureau chief. He has covered such stories as OPEC and oil-related issues, the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the Iran-Iraq war, the killings in the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Lebanon, and the return of Hong Kong to China. He has been the Times' foreign affairs columnist since1995.

His book, "From Beirut to Jerusalem," won the National Book Award for non-fiction in 1989. His other books include "The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization," in 1999, and his latest, "Longitudes and Attitudes," that will be published in September. Friedman describes his new book as "a 'word album' that captures and preserves the raw, unpolished, emotional and analytical responses that illustrate how I, and others, felt as we tried to grapple with September and its aftermath, as they were unfolding."

A Minneapolis native, Friedman earned his B.A. degree from Brandeis University and his master's degree from Oxford University in England.

The Richard S. Levitt Family Distinguished Lectureship was created in 1995 through a generous endowment gift from the Levitt family to the Iowa Law School Foundation. The purpose of the Levitt Lectures is to bring to the Iowa campus distinguished national and international figures in law and government to present timely lectures to students, faculty and alumni of the College of Law. Prior Levitt Lecturers include U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, four Nobel Peace Prize winners, Elie Wiesel, Abba Eban, Bishop Desmond Tutu and John Hume.