CENTER HIGHLIGHT: 8/31 Thomas Friedman Lecture

Just added to the schedule on August 31st, as part of the University’s Quinn Lecture Series, we are hosting famed New York Times columnist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas Friedman. We are expecting big crowd for this special event, so please sign up! Here is a little more on Mr. Friedman from his New York Times page:

Thomas L. Friedman won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, his third Pulitzer for The New York Times. He became the paper’s foreign-affairs columnist in 1995. Previously, he served as chief economic correspondent in the Washington bureau and before that he was the chief White House correspondent. In 2005, Mr. Friedman was elected as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

 Mr. Friedman joined The Times in 1981 and was appointed Beirut bureau chief in 1982. In 1984 Mr. Friedman was transferred from Beirut to Jerusalem, where he served as Israel bureau chief until 1988. Mr. Friedman was awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Lebanon) and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Israel).

 Mr. Friedman’s latest book, “The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century,” was released in April 2005 and won the inaugural Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year award. In 2004, he was awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honorary title, Order of the British Empire (OBE), by Queen Elizabeth II.

His book, “From Beirut to Jerusalem” (1989), won the National Book Award for non-fiction in 1989 and “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” (2000) won the 2000 Overseas Press Club award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy and has been published in 27 languages. Mr. Friedman also wrote “Longitudes and Attitudes: The World in the Age of Terrorism” (2002) and the text accompanying Micha Bar-Am’s book, “Israel: A Photobiography.”

 Born in Minneapolis on July 20, 1953, Mr. Friedman received a B.A. degree in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University in 1975. In 1978 he received a Master of Philosophy degree in Modern Middle East studies from Oxford. Mr. Friedman is married and has two daughters.


TIP OF THE WEEK: Sorin Returns With A New Fr. Sorin!

As you have seen on the schedule for the end of the month and in September, Sorin: A Notre Dame Story is back…and maybe better than ever! 1989 Notre Dame grad and long-time working actor Anthony Lawton takes over the role of Fr. Sorin for the latest run of this engaging play. Since graduating from ND, Tony has made a career on the stage and screen. He has also taught Acting at many universities and theatres across the country. We look forward to his unique spin on Sorin and welcome him back to campus.



You’ll see on the September Listing of Events that FTT’s ND Theatre NOW! begins in the Philbin on September 27th and runs to October 7th.



This year’s show will consist of two one-act plays that will get a unique spin by FTT. The first up is WASP written by all-around legend of everything: Steve Martin! Mr. Martin’s play will be directed by Notre Dame student Najmeddine Harrbi ’19. Here is the synopsis:

In the fractured landscape of 50s suburbia, a prototypical white protestant family exists in a dark limbo of expectation and routine. Mom is surrounded by people but deeply alone, dad speaks in delicious platitudes, and the children fear anything new. The play vibrates with satire and dark lyrical irony as the family meanders blindly toward catastrophe.

The second one-act will be American Roulette written by Tom McCormack. Notre Dame student Roisin Goebelbecker ’19 will direct. Here is the info:

An African-American man named Sam has come for an interview. The firm is unspecified, described only as “the most powerful firm there is.” Two very privileged-looking Caucasians, Charles and Hillary, carry out the interview. They tell him that the only qualification needed is desire to be in the firm. The interview amounts to a series of tests designed to trick Sam. This original and perceptive work details a tense, contemporary American crisis. Alternately hilarious and chilling the play moves swiftly, and inexorably, to an explosive unforgettable climax.

There you have it!