A CONVERSATION WITH NY TIMES COLUMNIST THOMAS FRIEDMAN

 

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently visited the Baker Institute for a lunch-hour talk that drew more than 200 Rice students to Doré Commons. Friedman discussed everything from the economy to China in a conversation with founding director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian and during a question-and-answer session with the audience.

On job prospects for students, Friedman said that "the central most important socioeconomic fact of our time is that 'average' is officially over. The high wage, middle-skill job is rapidly disappearing ... The world is only interested in what you can do with what you know relative to someone else anywhere on the planet."

Watch the full video of Friedman's Nov. 12, 2012, appearance, above.