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Law Center presents "Katrina Disaster Capitalism" lecture by Naomi Klein

Loyola press release - August 16, 2007

(New Orleans)—The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and Loyola University New Orleans will host a lecture by award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author Naomi Klein, on Saturday, August 25, at 6 p.m. in the Loyola University College of Law, Room 405. Her lecture is entitled, “Katrina Disaster Capitalism.”

Naomi Klein is the international bestseller of No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. In 2000, the Guardian short-listed No Logo for its First Book Award. In 2001, it won the Canadian National Business Book Award and the French Prix Médiations. In 2004, Klein’s reporting from Iraq for Harper’s magazine won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She writes a regular column for the Nation and the Guardian that is syndicated internationally by the New York Times Syndicate. A collection of her work, Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate, was published in 2002. In 2004, she released The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis. The film won the Best Documentary jury prize at the American Film Institute’s Film Festival in Los Angeles and was an official selection of the Venice Biennale, a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years in Venice, Italy.

Klein was voted 11th, the highest ranked woman, in the 2005 Global Intellectuals Poll, a list of the world’s top public intellectuals, compiled by Prospect magazine, in conjunction with Foreign Policy magazine.

Klein’s forthcoming book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, will be published worldwide in September 2007. In the book, Klein explores “the myth that the global free market has triumphed democratically.” Her work aims to expose the thinking, money trail, and puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, as well as how America’s free market policies have come to dominate the world through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries. A documentary based on the book is currently in development. Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón, of Children of Men and Y tu mamá también, will be directing a special viral video trailer for The Shock Doctrine, which has just been accepted to the Venice Film Festival in early September.

Klein is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary doctorate of Civil Laws from the University of King’s College in Nova Scotia.

The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center promotes legal research and education about the problems of poor people and assists those by providing legal services to those unable to afford representation. The Gillis Long Poverty Long Center finances a variety of educational and service programs at the law school, including student summer internships in law offices that provide legal services to the poor, opportunities for law students to do pro bono work for the poor while in law school, loan forgiveness assistance to graduates providing legal assistance to the poor, assistance to help publish the Loyola Poverty Law Journal, as well as lectures and other public interest events.

For additional information, contact Gwen Hammond at (504) 861-5491 or by e-mail at gwhammon@loyno.edu