New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to discuss “Green Revolution” at Duke University

September 15, 2008
Ticket Update:
Tickets to the Thomas Friedman lecture at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in Page Auditorium are sold out, so a live simulcast of the talk will be made available in Reynolds Theater. For free tickets to the simulcast, please contact the Duke Box Office at or 684-4444.

Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman will speak at Duke University Sept. 22 about the topic of his new book, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America.”

Friedman will deliver the 2008 Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Page Auditorium on Duke University’s West Campus. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained beginning Sept. 2 through the Duke Box Office, online at or by phone at 919-684-4444. Beginning at 4 p.m., Friedman will sign copies of his book in Page Auditorium.

Global warming, rising energy demands, the “flattening” of the world’s economy, and the burgeoning global population: these destabilizing influences in our “hot, flat and crowded” world call for a new global industry, Friedman suggests.

“How do our kids compete in a flatter world? How do they thrive in a warmer world? How do they survive in a more dangerous world? Those are, in a nutshell, the big questions facing America at the dawn of the 21st century,” Friedman says. “I have an idea how. It’s called ‘green.’ ”

The world needs breakthroughs in green energy technology to face these challenges, Friedman says. He plans to discuss how America can be the leader in the next big global industry of clean technology through an ambitious national strategy he has dubbed, a “Green New Deal.”

Friedman is the author of the best-selling books The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century and The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization. His latest book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America,” was scheduled for publication in early September.

The Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture was endowed by a gift to the university from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust in honor of the late Terry Sanford, who served as North Carolina governor, U.S. Senator and Duke president and also founded Duke’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

Paid parking for the event is available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage. For details, please call 613-7312 or visit