When three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and controversial author Thomas Friedman delivers his Abravanel Hall lecture this week, it will be sponsored by the Utah Museum of Natural History as part of its “Nature of Things” lecture series. So what do Thomas Friedman’s ideas about globalism and free trade—articulated in his latest book Hot Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution, and How it Will Affect America—have to do with natural history?
According to Scott Pettett, public relations associate for the UMNH, “One of our tenets is sustainability. Thomas Friedman can help people define and learn about sustainability in their lives.”
Friedman’ critics have called him “arrogant,” “naive” and “the perfect symbol of our culture of emboldened stupidity.” Two students at Brown University last year threw green pies at him to protest his so-called psuedo-environmentalist ideas. Yet, even his critics call him funny and entertaining. And that’s everything a natural history lecture should be, right? (Erin Finney)
Thomas Friedman @ Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, 801-355-2787, Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m. ArtTix.org