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Thomas Friedman, IBM VP at Union College

Thomas Friedman, IBM VP at Union College

New York Times columnist back in Schenectady
Thomas Friedman, IBM VP at Union College
Thomas Friedman will speak at Union College on Friday evening.

Author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman will return to Schenectady Friday night at 5 p.m. to headline the third annual Feigenbaum Forum on Innovation and Creativity at Union College's Memorial Chapel.

Friedman, who spoke at Proctors back in February of this year, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer whose 2005 book, "The World is Flat," sold more than 4,000,000 copies. His most recent book, "Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations," was published in 2016. Friedman won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary back in 2002  for his work at the New York Times.

Speaking along with Friedman will be John E. Kelly III, a 1976 Union College graduate and currently the senior vice-president of Cognitive Solutions and Research for IBM.

Kelly and his team at IBM were involved in the success of Watson, a groundbreaking cloud-based artificial intelligence system that defeated two standing Jeopardy champions in 2011. Along with his degree in physics from Union, Kelly has a master's and a Ph.D in materials engineering from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute.

The program is free and open to the public.

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