A Conversation with Naomi Klein:
Disaster Capitalism and the Rise of Democratic Reconstruction

Naomi Klein with Terry Karl

Thursday, October 16, 2008 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

In her latest book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, journalist Naomi Klein exposes the strategies of powerful people who cash in on chaos and exploit catastrophe to remake our world in their image. But this is not the whole story: popular renewal and repair movements are gaining the strength not only to take back state power but to change the power structures of the state. Join us for a conversation that presents a new paradigm for understanding global politics and celebrates those who continue to work for justice against great odds.

NAOMI KLEIN, Journalist and Syndicated Columnist
Canadian journalist Naomi Klein is author of The Shock Doctrine, the international bestseller that has been translated into 20 languages. Her previous book, No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, was also an international bestseller. She writes an internationally syndicated column for The Nation and The Guardian. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper’s won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. In 2004, she released The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King’s College, Nova Scotia.


TERRY KARL, William and Gretchen Kimball University Fellow and Professor of Political Science at Stanford
Terry Karl was the director of Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies from 1990-2001. She has published widely on transitions to democracy; problems of inequality; human rights and civil wars; contemporary Latin American politics; and comparative politics and international relations, with special emphasis on the politics of oil exporting countries. She is the author of The Paradox of Plenty: Oil Booms and Petrol States and articles such as “Economic Inequality and Democratic Instability” and “Dilemmas of Democratization in Latin America.” She has a strong interest in U.S. foreign policy and has prepared expert testimony for the U.S. Congress, the Supreme Court, and the United Nations.


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