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St. Thomas University Media Release

Communications and Media Relations
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335


Friday, October 22, 2004

Naomi Klein to Deliver Annual Dalton K. Camp Lecture in Journalism

Fredericton – Noted Canadian journalist Naomi Klein will deliver the third annual Dalton K. Camp Lecture in Journalism at St. Thomas University on Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 pm in the Chapel in George Martin Hall. The lecture will be taped for broadcast nationally on the CBC Radio program Ideas.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and author of the international best seller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. Her articles have appeared in The Guardian, The New Statesman, Newsweek International, The New York Times, The Village Voice and Ms. Magazine. She writes an internationally syndicated column, published in more than 20 countries. A collection of her work, Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate, was published in 2002. Earlier this year, she released The Take, a film about Argentina’s occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and is presently the Freda Kirchway Fellow of the Nation Institute.

In her lecture, “War and Fleece: How Economic ‘Shock Therapy’ Backfired in Iraq”, Klein will report from her recent travels to Baghdad where she was researching plans to transform Iraq into a gleaming show room for laissez-faire economics, a neo-conservative utopia such as the world had never seen. She will explain that first came the “shock and awe” military onslaught, then came the “shock therapy” of mass layoffs, huge tax cuts, open borders and plans to privatize the entire economy. According to Klein, many of these measures were not only illegal under international law, they were also enormously unpopular and fuelled the armed resistance that has made Iraq lethal territory for foreign investors. She will also discuss ways for social justice activists to support the struggle for genuine freedom and sovereignty in Iraq.

The annual Dalton K. Camp Lecture in Journalism is a partnership between St. Thomas University, CBC Radio and the Dalton K. Camp Endowment in Journalism, a $1.5 million initiative to recognize Dalton Camp’s significant contribution to excellence in Canadian journalism and to enhance the education of journalism students. It has previously featured journalists Joe Schlesinger and June Callwood.

The host of the program Ideas, Paul Kennedy, will introduce Naomi Klein and moderate the question and answer session for national broadcast on CBC Radio.

Media Contact – Jeffrey Carleton, St. Thomas University, (506) 452-0522 or carleton@stu.ca.