Join us for a conversation featuring New York Times columnist and best-selling author Thomas L. Friedman, moderated by Executive Vice President at the Aspen Institute Elliot Gerson.
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Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally known author, reporter, and columnist; recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes; and author of seven best-selling books: “From Beirut to Jerusalem,” “The Lexus and the Olive Tree,” “Longitudes and Attitudes,” “The World Is Flat,” “Hot, Flat, and Crowded,” “That Used to Be Us,” which he co-wrote with Michael Mandelbaum, and “Thank you For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations,” which was updated and released 2017.
Friedman’s foreign affairs column in The New York Times, which he has written since 1995, reports on United States domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflicts, international economics, environment, biodiversity, and energy. He has been with The New York Times since 1981.
Elliot Gerson is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for policy programs, public programs, and relations with ten international partners. The Institute’s over 30 policy programs provide neutral venues to undertake nonpartisan analysis, foster candid dialogue, advocate new policy, and promote best practices. Public programs, including the Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Words, and Socrates Seminars open the Institute’s doors to broader audiences. Gerson also administers US Rhodes Scholarships. He previously practiced law, was a US Supreme Court clerk, held executive positions in state and federal government and on a presidential campaign, was president of health care and education start-ups, and led two national insurance and health care companies.