August 19, 2008

Tickets available next week for Friedman speech

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Tickets for a September talk at Purdue University by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Thomas L. Friedman will be distributed starting Monday (Aug. 25).

Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 in Elliott Hall of Music about his latest book, "Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America."

The speech is free and open to the public, but reserved tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at the Hall of Music box office between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets also can be reserved by calling the box office at (765) 494-3933. Those tickets will be held at will call.

There is no limit on how many tickets can be picked up or reserved.

Following the speech, Friedman will sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase onsite before and after the speech.

Friedman's previous books include "The World is Flat: A Brief history of the Twenty-First Century"; "The Lexus and the Olive Tree"; "Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11"; and "From Beirut to Jerusalem."

"Tom Friedman is one of our country's foremost journalists on energy and how that has affected our foreign policy, as well as on implications of globalization" said E. Dan Hirleman, the William E. and Florence E. Perry Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering and event organizer.

The speech is being sponsored by the College of Engineering, including its Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Global Engineering Program, and School of Mechanical Engineering; Center for the Environment; Energy Center; Office of the Provost; and Purdue Climate Change Research Center.

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, (765) 494-2432,

Source: E. Dan Hirleman, (765) 494-5688,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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