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Bestselling Author John Perkins to Present
'A Call to Action' at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Nov. 25, 2008

John Perkins
John Perkins

EAU CLAIRE — John Perkins, bestselling author of "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," will discuss his plan for a sustainable and stable world during a Dec. 8 lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The Forum will present his address, "Geopolitics, the Future and You: A Call to Action," at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in Zorn Arena.

John Perkins has lived four lives: as an economic hit man; as the CEO of an alternative energy company; as an expert on shamanism and indigenous cultures; and as a writer, who, through his 2004 book about his experience as an economic hit man, revealed the corruption turning the American republic into a widely despised global empire.

"Confessions of an Economic Hit Man," Perkins' startling exposé of international corruption, spent over a year on The New York Times bestseller list and has been published in more than 30 languages. As an economic hit man, Perkins worked to convince Third World countries to accept large loans. Once these countries were crippled with these debts, the U.S. government and international aid agencies allied with it were able to control the countries. Perkins wrote the book after the events of 9/11, which moved him to reveal his life of secrecy.

Noted historian Howard Zinn called Perkins' work "a sweeping, bold assault on the tyranny of corporate globalization, full of drama and adventure, with devastating stories of greed run wild."

In his latest bestseller, "The Secret History of the American Empire" (2007), Perkins explores hot spots around the world and, through interviews with other economic hit men, reporters, activists and politicians, examines the current geopolitical crisis. He details the clandestine operations that created the world's first truly global empire and provides a compassionate plan for creating a stable, peaceful and sustainable world.

Perkins will discuss the epiphany that initiated his personal change and the reasons he is optimistic that we can create societies our children will be proud to inherit.

The Forum program will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session, and an informal reception and book signing.

Tickets for The Forum are $8 for the public, $6 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $4 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Student tickets are $2 until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students will be required to pay the full student ticket price.

Tickets are available at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center, and will be sold at the door. Tickets for all campus events also are on sale at the Service Center's ticket office in the main lobby of Haas Fine Arts Center. The ticket outlet is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is closed during holidays and academic breaks.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 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.

Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for The Forum.

In its 67th season, The Forum is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire and administered by the Activities and Programs office of the University Centers.

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