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Feb. 9, 2009

'Shock Doctrine' author Klein to give lecture Feb. 18

Award-winning author Naomi Klein will give a lecture highlighting her international bestseller, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 in the main lounge of the University of Iowa's Iowa Memorial Union (IMU).

Klein will discuss her prestigious writing career during her talk, which is  presented by the University Lecture Committee and is free and open to the public.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and international best-seller, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism." Published worldwide in September 2007, The "Shock Doctrine" is being translated into 20 languages to date.

A six-minute companion film, created by Alfonso Cuaron, director of "Children of Men," was an official selection of the 2007 Venice Biennale and Toronto International Film Festivals and was a viral phenomenon, downloaded over a million times.

Klein's first book, "No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies," was also an international bestseller, translated into over 28 languages with more than a million copies in print. A collection of her work, "Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate," was published in 2002.

Klein writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is syndicated internationally by The New York Times Syndicate.

In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper's Magazine won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Also in 2004, she co-produced "The Take" with director Avi Lewis, a feature documentary about Argentina's occupied factories. The film was an official selection of the Venice Biennale and won the Best Documentary Jury Prize at the American Film Institute's Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Klein is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King's College, Nova Scotia.

The UI Book Store will sell copies of "The Shock Doctrine" before and after Klein's appearance at the IMU.  Klein will also sign books following her address.

For further information and complete listing of upcoming lectures, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: University Lecture Committee, 319-335-3407,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Megan McIntyre