Social Justice Book & Lecture
Tuesday, November 1 2011
Pierson Auditorium, UMKC University Center
As an investigative journalist, Eric Schlosser continues to explore subjects ignored by the mainstream media and gives a voice to people at the margins of society. Over the years he's followed the harvest with migrant farm workers in California, spent time with meatpacking workers in Texas and Colorado, told the stories of the victioms of violent crim, gone on duty with the New York Police Department Bomb Squad, and visited prisons throughout the United States. His aim is to shed light on words that are too often hidden. And his work defies easy categorization, earning praise not only from liberal publications like the Nation, but also from Fortune, the Financial Times, and the National Review.
Schlosser's first book, Fast Food Nation (2001), helped start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. It has been translated into more than twenty languages and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. His second book, Reefer Madness (2003), looked at America's thriving underground economy. It was also a New York Times bestseller. Chew on This (2006), a New York Times bestselling children's book, co-written with Charles Wilson, introduced young readers to the health effects of fast food and the workings of industrial agriculture. Schlosser has for almost a decade been researching a book on the American prison system. His next book, Comand and Control, is about nuclear weapons.