ITHACA, NY — Naomi Klein, an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” will speak at Ithaca College on Wednesday, April 7. Sponsored by the Park Center for Independent Media, her talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Based on historical research and years of on-the-ground reporting in disaster zones, Klein argues in “The Shock Doctrine” that America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world not through democratic means but through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries. She uses the aftermaths of the September 11 attacks, the invasion of Iraq and Hurricane Katrina — along with past events such as the 1973 coup in Chile, the Falklands War and the collapse of the Soviet Union — to demonstrate that government and corporate interests have taken advantage of the public’s disorientation to achieve control by imposing “economic shock therapy.”
A contributing editor for “Harper’s Magazine,” Klein writes for “Rolling Stone” and “The Nation” as well as a syndicated column for “The Guardian.” In 2004, her reporting from Iraq won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Her first book, “No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies,” became a manifesto of the anti-corporate globalization movement. She published a collection of her articles and speeches, “Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate,” in 2002.
Based in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) was launched in 2008 as a national center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems.
For more information, visit https://www.ithaca.edu/indy or contact Jeff Cohen, director of the PCIM, at Jcohen@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-1330.