Host of CNN’s ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’ to Speak at Southeast


Fareed Zakaria

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 21, 2015– Host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” contributing editor at “The Atlantic,” and Washington Post columnist Fareed Zakaria will speak Oct. 5 at Southeast Missouri State University as part of the 2015-2016 Speaker Series.

Zakaria’s presentation, “In Defense of a Liberal Education,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Show Me Center. Zakaria’s presentation is open to the public. Tickets are required for entry. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at or the Show Me Center Box Office. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a Redhawks ID to pick up a free ticket in the Center for Student Involvement (University Center Room 204) or the Show Me Center Box Office.

Born in India and educated at Yale and Harvard, where he received his doctoral degree, Zakaria became the youngest managing editor of foreign affairs at the age of 28. He was the editor of Newsweek International from 2000 to 2010 and editor-at-large at TIME from 2010 to 2014.

“Fareed Zakaria GPS,” CNN’s flagship international affairs program, has become a destination for those seeking smart commentary and civil conversation about the big ideas and global challenges of our time. Winner of a 2012 Peabody Award, the Emmy-nominated “GPS” features Zakaria’s fascinating panel discussions and one-on-one interviews with heads of state, intellectuals and business leaders. His columns and cover stories — ranging from the future of the Middle East and America’s role in the world to the politics and culture of the global economy — reach millions of readers.

Zakaria’s international bestseller, “The Post-American World,” is about the “rise of the rest,” analyzing the growth of China, India and Brazil, among others, and what it means for the future. The New York Times called it “a relentlessly intelligent book,” while the Boston Sunday Globe praised Zakaria for having “more intellectual range and insights than any other public thinker in the West.” His previous New York Times bestseller, “The Future of Freedom,” has been translated into more than 20 languages and was called “a work of tremendous originality and insight” by The Washington Post. Zakaria serves on the board of the New America Foundation. He has won the Deadline Club Award for Best Columnist, a National Magazine Award, two Overseas Press Club Awards and the Padma Bhushan. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Slate. Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. His latest book, “In Defense of a Liberal Education,” debuted at number six on The New York Times Best Sellers list in April 2015.

One of Jon Stewart’s favorite guests on The Daily Show, Zakaria is known for his good humor, wit, and unique approach to international relations that combine the knowledge of a historian and the theoretical command of a political scientist. Zakaria is widely respected for his thoughtful analysis and ability to spot economic and political trends. “Esquire” magazine described him as “the most influential foreign policy advisers of his generation.”