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Journalist Ken Silverstein
To Speak at UW-Eau Claire

MAILED: Nov. 6, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE — The Pentagon’s increased and little-known use of private military contractors in the business of war will be discussed by journalist Ken Silverstein Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
         The Forum will present Silverstein’s address, titled “Making a Killing: The Corporatization of War,” at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. The formal presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception. The program will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing.
         Recognized by the American Journalism Review as one of 20 “Unsung Heroes” of Washington journalism, Ken Silverstein writes regularly for Harper’s and The Nation magazines, and was recently named Washington editor of Mother Jones magazine. He previously worked for the Associated Press in Latin America, and several of his articles for publications such as The American Prospect, Salon and Slate have been nominated for national awards.
         Silverstein’s fourth book, “Private Warriors” (2000), looked at the corporate takeover of national security during the past decade, examining an all but unexamined force: the generals and national security staffers cast adrift at the end of the Cold War who have continued the business of war in the private sector. He sheds light on the modern military-industrial complex that is profiting from the campaign against terrorism, and the corporations — some of them Fortune 500 companies — that do the Pentagon’s bidding, providing services that range from logistical support to secret mercenary armies that operate outside the scrutiny of Washington.
         Admission is $7 for the public, $5 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, or $3 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.
         Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
         The Forum is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and administered by the Activities and Programs office of University Centers and Programs.
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Updated: November 6, 2002