Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Town and Gown
University Park Campus
Reception and book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase.
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Wednesday, January 20, at 9 a.m.
Join us for a very special evening with Canadian author, activist, and filmmaker Naomi Klein, one of the leading critics of corporate globalization and capitalism. In a fascinating and provocative lecture, Klein will illuminate the critical importance of addressing economics in any effort to preserve the future of our planet.
Klein has elucidated the often mystifyingly abstract realm of neoliberal economics in best-selling books like No Logo (1999) and The Shock Doctrine (2007), offering clear explanations of how economic ideologies affect people’s real lives. Rachel Maddow called The Shock Doctrine “the only book of the last few years of American publishing that I would describe as a mandatory must-read.”
Klein’s most recent book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus the Climate (2014), posits that the future of our planet depends on challenging free-market fundamentalism. It debuted at number 5 on the New York Times Best Sellers list and was one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014. This Changes Everything also won the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.
A member of the board of directors of 350.org, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis, and a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics, Klein is consistently listed as one of the most influential thinkers of our time. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper’s won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. In 2014 she received the International Studies Association’s IPE Outstanding Activist-Scholar Award, and in 2015 she received the Izzy Award honoring outstanding achievement in independent journalism and media.
Bringing a rare clarity and big-picture view to economics, Naomi Klein will ask us to reflect deeply on the connections between the market and the planet—and what roles we can play in creating a just, sustainable future for all.
Organized by Kelly Shannon and the USC School of Architecture. Co-sponsored by USC Environmental Student Assembly.
Photo: Ed Kashi