Alabama, Georgia high school students invited to hear Thomas Friedman at Auburn University

Thomas Friedman
Thomas Friedman

AUBURN – One of the world’s preeminent commentators on international affairs, Thomas Friedman, will speak at Auburn University on Oct. 2. In addition to the general public, students attending high schools in counties surrounding Auburn, from Montgomery, Ala., to Columbus, Ga., are invited to the lecture, which will begin at 4 p.m. at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

The lecture is part of AU’s Littleton-Franklin Lecture Series in Science and Humanities.

“What we have created is a unique opportunity for students in these schools to not only hear one of the nation’s top authors, but also see firsthand what our campus is like on a typical fall semester day,” said Jim Bradley, chair of the Littleton-Franklin Faculty Committee.

High schools with students interested in attending the lecture, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session, should notify Teresa Whitman-McCall in the AU Office of Communications and Marketing of the number of students they will send. Whitman-McCall should be contacted at by Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Friedman has covered many of the monumental stories of recent decades, from the return of Hong Kong to China and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His latest book is the international bestseller The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.

The lecture is sponsored by Merchant Capital in Montgomery, Ala.

Contact: Mike Clardy, (334)844-9999 (, or
Deedie Dowdle, (334)844-9999 (