PRESS RELEASE April, 2012
Contact: David Zupan, Director
Nationally known journalist David Barsamian will visit six Oregon towns with his latest books Occupy the Economy co-authored with economist Richard Wolff and How the World Works with Noam Chomsky. According to Barsamian, “OWS has changed our vocabulary. 1% and 99% have entered the conversation and the focus is on the deep political, economic and social inequality in the U.S. and around the world.”
David Barsamian is the founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado, a nationally syndicated program carried by 125 radio stations. His work has helped change the media landscape in North America.
His tour begins in Eugene when Barsamian will address the Eugene City Club on Friday 4/20 at noon. At 6 PM he speaks at the Lane Community College Peace Symposium panel in the Longhouse (Bldg 31). His topic is ‘Movements: Kashmir, to Cairo, to Wall Street’ and will be part of a Plenary Panel titled ‘The State of the Global & US Democracy Movement’ that includes George Friday and Ben Manski. On Saturday morning at 10:30 AM, he will give a second talk at the LCC Longhouse called “Fantasies of Capitalism’ based upon interviews with economist Richard Wolff and their new book Occupy the Economy due out May 1.
On Sunday, 4/22 he speaks in Florence after a potluck beginning at 5 PM, with Barsamian to speak at 6:30 pm at Ocean Dunes Golf Links at 3345 Munsel Creek Road. Phone: 541-997-3232 to reach the course. Or call 541-997-3950 for general questions regarding the event. The event will celebrate efforts to go on-air with a new KXCR noncommercial community radio station, and the local “Real Food Co-op.”
Next he speaks in Corvallis at the Corvallis Odd Fellows Lodge for their Monday evening April 23 World Affairs Forum beginning at 7:30PM. Co-sponsors of this event are the Pacific Green Party and the Corvallis Chapter of Veterans for Peace.
On Tuesday 4/24 Barsamian returns to Eugene at 7 PM in Harris Hall (8th & Oak) at an event titled “Occupy The Media” sponsored by Eugene Media Action, A Committee of Eugene PeaceWorks and Occupy Eugene Zinn/Chomsky Library and Community Alliance of Lane County.
On Wed. 4/25 he visits Hood River for a talk at the Pines Tasting Room (2nd and State). The event is produced by Squrl Music and the Columbia River Fellowship for Peace.
The tour ends in Portland where Barsamian speaks on Thursday 4/26 at 7 PM in the First Unitarian Church. His talk is titled “Occupy the Economy: an Evening with David Barsamian.” The sponsors are KBOO 90.7 FM and First Unitarian Church of Portland.
Barsamian has interviewed and authored books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His best-selling books with Chomsky have been translated into many languages. David’s interviews and articles appear in The Progressive, Z, The Sun and other publications.
Barsamian is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.
Barsamian, who had visited India many times in the last 40 years, reporting on conditions, learning Urdu and playing sitar, was deported on arrival in New Delhi on September 23, 2011 and prevented from carrying outscheduled interviews in regard to the thousands of recently discovered unmarked graves in Kashmir and with Dr. Binayak Sen, who had been imprisoned for years as a Maoist-sympathizer for rendering medical assistance to insurgents in India’s tribal areas.