Gauss Seminars in Criticism Welcomes Naomi Klein and Discussion on Climate Change

September 24, 2019

On Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00 pm in Richardson Auditorium, the Gauss Seminars in Criticism welcomes Naomi Klein, an award winning author, journalist, filmmaker, and activist to discuss her new book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, with Princeton faculty member, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (African American Studies).

The Director of the Gauss Seminars, Andrew Cole (English) reflects on this unique occasion: “Read the news. Changes in our climate that were predicted to take place seventy years from now are happening today. We have to act. That is why the Gauss Seminars has partnered up with our friends at Labyrinth Books to present this urgent “call for action” featuring Naomi Klein—a leading voice in the struggle for climate justice who is among those with a bold vision to take us into a future we hope to survive. There is a lot of interest in this event, and I invite everyone to attend. Let’s fill Richardson Auditorium and be counted. By a show of numbers, we can express how enormously important it is to keep climate change front and center in all that we do, just how crucial it is to devote our time and resources to mitigating its effects and making sure that this new world will be survivable and just.”

A book signing will follow the event.

This event is ticketed but free and open to the public. Tickets will be available on the day of the event until 6:55pm, so walk-ins are welcome but we encourage advance tickets, available here.

Naomi Klein is a public intellectual, an award winning journalist, activist, author of several international best sellers, and the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair of Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. Among her many influential books are No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies (Picador, 1999), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Metropolitan Books, 2007), and most recently On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (Simon & Schuster, 2019), in which she explains how bold climate action can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is Assistant Professor and Charles H. McIlwain University Preceptor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton. She is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016), which won the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book, and Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (University of North Carolina, 2019), as well as editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective (Haymarket Books, 2017), which won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ nonfiction in 2018.

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