Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Chris Hedges will speak in Regina
this Thursday evening. Hedges is perhaps best known to Canadian audiences for
being called a “nutbar” on air by CBC’s Kevin O’Leary, which resulted in
hundreds of letters of complaint to the network and an apology from the show’s
is just one incident in a long journalistic career that includes nearly two
decades in Africa, Central America, the Balkans and the Middle East, where he
served as bureau chief for the New York Times. Today Hedges is a best-selling
author and highly popular columnist for truthdig.com.
invited him to Regina because his latest book on the dark side of unfettered
profit-seeking – from theft of Indigenous lands to worker exploitation –
contains an important message for citizens to hear right now, when we are
living in a so-called ‘boom’ economy,” said Fiona Douglas, coordinator of the
Social Policy Research Unit, which is organizing the lecture. “There is a lot
to be learned from the U.S. experience.”
talk, ‘Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,’ will describe his journalistic
journeys through the “sacrifice zones” of financial greed and deregulation –
entire communities devastated by environmental degradation and rising
impoverishment – and his first-hand observation of resistance movements like Occupy
lecture is free of charge and will take place Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Education Auditorium, University of Regina.
organizations are the School of Journalism, the Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives, the Faculty of Arts, and the departments of Religious Studies,
International Studies and Anthropology.