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Thomas Friedman

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In partnership with the Sydney Opera House and the US Studies Centre, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and acclaimed author Thomas Friedman speaks at the Melbourne Town Hall. A long-standing and influential commentator on the Middle East and global affairs, the best-selling author discusses the trends that will shape the future. He’s joined by veteran journalist turned politician Maxine McKew.

Friedman begins with an extended presentation. Key topics covered include:

Following his presentation, Friedman is joined on stage in conversation with journalist and former politician Maxine McKew. Key topics covered include:

Friedman closes his appearance by reiterating his opening point: that in order to progress, America must look inward.


Portrait of Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman

Journalist, columnist and author Thomas Friedman has been one of the world’s most influential media figures for over a decade. In his twice-weekly New York Times column he’s written widely on issues of trade, geopolitics and the environment. He’s published several books and has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize three times.

Portrait of Maxine McKew

Maxine McKew

Maxine McKew is an author and Hon Enterprise Professor of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne.

Her most recent book, published by Melbourne University Press in 2014, is Class Act – a study of the key challenges in Australian schooling. This publication followed the success of her memoir, Tales From the Political Trenches, an account of her brief but tumultuous time in the Federal Parliament. 

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