September 3, 2009

Bestselling Author Naomi Klein Explores "Disaster Capitalism," Oct. 28

klein2.jpgNaomi Klein, author of the successful and provocative The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, delivers a lecture from her international bestseller on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cooperage.

Based on breakthrough historical research and four years of on-the-ground reporting in disaster zones, The Shock Doctrine vividly shows how disaster capitalism - the rapid-fire corporate reengineering of societies still reeling from shock - did not begin with September 11, 2001.

The book traces its origins back fifty years, to the University of Chicago under Milton Friedman, which produced many of the leading neo-conservative and neo-liberal thinkers whose influence is still profound in Washington today.

New connections are drawn between economic policy, "shock and awe" warfare and covert CIA-funded experiments in electroshock and sensory deprivation in the 1950s, research that helped write the torture manuals used today in Guantanamo Bay.

Klein's speech addresses the key points of her bestselling book, along with her perspective on what it means for the future.

Presented by Associated Students Productions, this event is free to SSU students, faculty and staff. General admission is $15. Tickets are available at the Student Union front desk, (707) 664-2382.

Copies of her book will be available for purchase at the event and Klein will be available for autographs.

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Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057