Chicago-Kent College of Law alumnus and faculty member Lowell Thomas was a renowned journalist, broadcaster, and author of dozens of books about his time living and working abroad. For nearly 50 years he kept Americans informed through his nightly newscasts from all parts of the world. His films, lectures, newsreels, television programs, and books provided inside views of momentous events of the twentieth century. Additionally, he introduced the world to “Lawrence of Arabia,” a real-life character Thomas made popular in a film and a book. In 1977 Thomas was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the United States can confer upon a civilian.