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Columnist Thomas L. Friedman to receive OU prize in Norman

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: November 29, 2009 at 12:23 am •  Published: November 29, 2009
NORMAN — Thomas L. Friedman, an author and New York Times foreign affairs columnist who has won three Pulitzer Prizes, is scheduled to visit the state Dec. 7 for two functions at the University of Oklahoma.

Friedman will receive the Gaylord Prize from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication during an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel’s Century Ballroom. The Gaylord Prize, instituted last year, is awarded to a recipient for "a lifetime of excellence in journalism,” according to the college.

"Anyone who doubts the impact of journalism in the 21st century need go no farther than Tom Friedman’s pen,” said Gaylord College Dean Joe Foote. "His keen perception, provocative solutions and exceptional ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and simply make him a superb role model for future journalists and a worthy recipient of the Gaylord Prize.”

The columnist will speak at a President’s Associates dinner at OU. The OU Office of Special Events is taking reservations at 325-3784.

Tickets cost $50 for JayMac Alumni Association members and OU faculty and staff, and $125 for nonmembers. OU students may attend for free. For reservations, email or call 325-2721.


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