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Author Chris Hedges presents <i>American Fascists</i>

Date:
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Time:
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Event Type:
Speaker
Organizer/Author:
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
Email:
Phone:
650-326-8837
Address:
457 Kingsley Avenue, Palo Alto CA 94301
Location Details:
First Presbyterian Church
1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto
Wheelchair accessible

CHRIS HEDGES

The author of War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning presents his new book:
AMERICAN FASCISTS: The Christian Right and the War On America

Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and TV evangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses, instead, a very real threat to our freedom and our way of life. In American Fascists, Chris Hedges, veteran journalist and author of Losing Moses on the Freeway and the National Book Award finalist War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, challenges the Christian Right’s religious legitimacy and argues that at its core it is a mass movement fueled by unbridled nationalism and a hatred for the open society. The movement’s yearning for apocalyptic violence and its assault on dispassionate intellectual inquiry are laying the foundation for a new, frightening America.

Hedges, currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute, a Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities, and the Anschutz Fellow at Princeton University, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. Hedges has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, where he was part of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. In 2002, he received the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. The son of a Presbyterian minister, Hedges has a Master of Divinity from Harvard University. He currently writes for numerous publications including Foreign Affairs, Harper’s magazine, The New York Review of Books, Granta, and Mother Jones.

Copies of American Fascists will be available for purchase and signing.

$10 - $20 suggested donation. Sponsored by Peninsula Peace and Justice Center; cosponsored by Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice and Foothill Presbyterian Church.

Added to the calendar on Thu, Mar 15, 2007 4:26PM
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