The man who claimed that the world is flat in 2005 is scheduled to grace Coral Gables with his presence next month.

Thomas Friedman, the three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and well-known New York Times columnist, will be giving a free lecture at the Bank United Convocation Center in the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami on Wednesday, August 20th at 6:30pm.

Up to 200 complimentary tickets will be made available for Coral Gables residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be distributed in person at the Salvadore Park Tennis Center this Saturday, August 2nd at 8:00am.

Friedman is a twice-a-week columnist for the New York Times known for his writings on foreign affairs and environmental issues. An advocate of globalization, Friedman has been known to express a strong stance on America's need to become more energy independent and lead in technologies concerning environmental compatibility.

No word on what the subject of his lecture will be, but expect to hear words like "globalization", "Middle East", "China", "Israel", "terrorism" and "environment" get tossed around here and there.

For more information on this event, please contact the Coral Gables Youth Center at 305-460-5600.

Complimentary Tickets

Saturday, August 2nd

Salvadore Park Tennis Center
1121 Andalusia Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134


Wednesday, August 20th
6:30pm (doors open at 5:30pm)

Bank United Convocation Center
1245 Dauer Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

*Flickr image of Thomas Friedman used courtesy of the Center for Strategic and International Studies