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at Melbourne Town Hall

Thomas Friedman

On September 11, 2001, we were told the world had changed forever. Ten years on, one of America’s finest journalists comes to Australia to reflect on the nature of that change.

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 has a unique ability to capture the trends that will shape the future and bring complex issues to life.

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation about America and the world, the new Middle East, and for a preview of his new book That Used to be Us: What Went Wrong with America? And How it Can Come Back.

Thomas Friedman will be in conversation with Maxine McKew.


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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