International affairs journalist Fareed Zakaria to deliver Commencement address

Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPS, editor-at-large of TIME magazine, a Washington Post columnist, and a New York Times bestselling author, will deliver the 2014 Commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College, Friday, May 23 at 10 a.m. on the College’s southern Westchester County campus.

Zakaria "may have more intellectual range and insights than any other public thinker in the West," wrote David Shribman in the Boston Globe when reviewing Zakaria's most recent book, The Post-American World. The New York Times called it “relentlessly intelligent” and The Economist “…a powerful guide” to facing global challenges. His previous book, The Future of Freedom, was also a New York Times bestseller. Both books have been translated into more than 25 foreign languages.

Fareed Zakaria GPS, which has featured conversations with the Dalai Lama, Barack Obama, King Abdullah II, Dmitry Medvedev, Moammar Gadhafi, and Lula da Silva, as well as countless other intellectuals, business leaders, politicians, and journalists, is watched in more than 200 million homes around the world. The show has won the prestigious Peabody award and has received multiple Emmy nominations.

Zakaria has a BA from Yale College and a PhD from Harvard University, after which he served eight years as managing editor of Foreign Affairs, a post he was appointed to at the age of 28. In 2000, he joined Newsweek, overseeing all of the magazine’s editions abroad. His cover stories and columns—on subjects from globalization and emerging markets to the Middle East and America’s role in the world—reached more than 25 million readers weekly. While his columns have received many awards, including a 2010 National Magazine Award, his October 2001 Newsweek cover story, “Why They Hate Us,” remains the most decorated. 

Zakaria has received honorary degrees from several universities and colleges, including Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Oberlin, Brown, and the University of Oklahoma. In 2010, the Indian government awarded him one of its highest civilian honors, the Padma Bhushan.

For more information on Sarah Lawrence College's 86th Commencement, visit the Commencement site.