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Vol. LXIV, No. 10
May 11, 2012

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Journalist Friedman To Give Rall Cultural Lecture, May 24
Photo of Thomas L. Friedman

Journalist, columnist, author and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman will present the annual J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture on Thursday, May 24, 3-4 p.m., in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. His talk is “That Used to Be Us: How America Lost Its Way and How We Find Our Way Back.”

Since joining the New York Times staff in 1981, Friedman has served as financial reporter, Beirut bureau chief, Jerusalem bureau chief, chief diplomatic correspondent, chief White House correspondent and international economics correspondent. He assumed his current role as the Times’s foreign affairs op-ed columnist in 1995. Friedman has also authored six bestselling books, among them The World Is Flat.

In 2004, Friedman received the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title Order of the British Empire. In 2009, he was given the National Press Club’s lifetime achievement award. He is also a member of the Pulitzer Prize board.

Seating for the lecture is on a first-come, first-served basis. The lecture will be broadcast live and later archived at There will be no overflow seating. For more information, or to request reasonable accommodation, contact Jacqueline Roberts at (301) 594-6747 or The Rall lecture is part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series. It honors the memory of Dr. J. Edward Rall, founder of the Clinical Endocrinology Branch (now within NIDDK) and scientific director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, which is now represented by NIDDK and NIAMS. Rall recommended in 1984 that NIH add a cultural lecture to its Director’s Lecture series. NIHRecord Icon

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