In partnership with SFU's school of communication

Occupy the Economy

November 30, 2012


Our second event featured renowned author, activist, and director of Alternative Radio, David Barsamian. David’s talk drew from his book Occupy The Economy: Challenging Capitalism co-authored with Richard Wolff, followed by questions from the audience.

The debate took place Friday, November 30, 2012 at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus (room #1900) and saw an attendance of approximately 125. It was moderated by Professor Robert Hackett (SFU Communication) and was organized as a part of the CounterCulture Speaker Series run by the Media Democracy Project, SFU’s Institute for the Humanities, and the SFU School of Communication.

About David Barsamian

As an author, Barsamian is well known for his best-selling collaborations with famed intellectuals including Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, and Edward Said. His latest is “Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism” with radical University of Massachusetts economist Richard Wolff. In his Vancouver talk, Barsamian offered attendees a critical look at economic crises in a changing world, and speculate on how we might act to prevent future collapses.

Barsamian is also the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, an independent, internationally-syndicated, talk radio program now in it’s 26th year. Alternative Radio can be heard regularly here in Vancouver on Coop Radio (CFRO) 100.5FM

His commitment to showcasing prominent progressive and humanitarian thinkers has garnered wide-spread acclaim. Howard Zinn has called Barsamian the “Studs Terkel of our generation.” The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its “Top Ten Media Heroes.” In addition, he is the winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation.