Naomi Klein to speak on the war between capitalism and the climate
The Oregon Humanities Center is very pleased to be hosting award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author Naomi Klein on Tuesday, February 16th in a lecture based on her critically acclaimed new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate (2014). As this year’s Cressman Lecturer in the Humanities, Klein will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. in the EMU Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public, but because we are expecting a full house, FREE TICKETS WILL BE REQUIRED for everyone attending Klein’s lecture, including children and infants.
Prior to Klein’s Eugene visit, we will be screening her award-winning documentary film, also titled This Changes Everything, on Sunday, February 7th, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in 156 Straub Hall. The film screening is also free. Seating is limited to 500. [Film trailer can be viewed at: thefilm.thischangeseverything.org] STUDY GUIDE
In her provocative new book, which was the 2014 winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, Klein argues that global warming is not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. Klein believes that our global economic model is waging a war against life on Earth. Her extensive and detailed research exposes many myths that are “clouding the climate debate,” and she thoughtfully takes on claims such as “the market will save us,” “it’s impossible to get off fossil fuels,” and “humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge.” Klein argues that climate change is a civilizational wake-up call that we ignore at our own peril. Her hope lies in her belief that we can seize this crisis to transform our economic system and build something radically better.
This Changes Everything was an instant New York Times and international bestseller, and has been named to multiple Best of 2014 lists including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014. It is being translated into more than 24 languages. In addition to her recent book on climate change and capitalism, Klein is the author of two other critically acclaimed international bestsellers, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007), and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies (2000). She is a columnist for The Nation magazine and the Guardian newspaper, and is a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine. She is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and is on the board of directors for 350.org, the global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis.
The lecture is free, but requires tickets in advance (limit of 4 per person). It will be followed by a book sale and signing. For more information or for disability accommodations (which must be made before Feb. 9th), please visit ohc.uoregon.edu or call (541) 346-3934.