Three leading journalists discussed the environment, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other global challenges during SMU’s Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Turner Construction Student Forum Sept. 8.
Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International and author of books including The Post-American World, also addressed the challenges of personal politics when asked whether he considers himself a centrist.
“I find that when people ask what team they’re going to support, they end up with: ‘That answer has to be right because my team is always right,'” he said. “I think that’s fundamentally intellectually dishonest. What you should be asking is: ‘What is the right answer?’ The one thing I’ve learned through a not-so-long career is that you’re always better off saying what you believe and standing exactly where you think you should be.”
Zakaria participated in the discussion with Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times and author of books including Hot, Flat, and Crowded; and David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN, editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report and former White House adviser.
Under the link below are highlights of their question-and-answer session with SMU and area high school students at Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
The three also gave the Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture at McFarlin Auditorium as part of the Tate Lecture Series. In addition, Zakaria presented the Hart Global Leaders Forum on Sept. 9.
The next Tate Distinguished Lecture features U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and will take place Sept. 30.