Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

TRUFA Speaker Series

  Posted on: March 22, 2010

Not a Conspiracy Theory, How Corporate Agenda Hijacks Democracy
Donald Gutstein, Adjunct Professor, Department of Communications, SFU
Tuesday MARCH 23, 7:00PM, IB 1020

Donald Gutstein, adjunct professor in the department of Communications at Simon Fraser University will be on campus March 22 and 23. Donald will discuss his latest book Not a Conspiracy Theory, How Corporate Agenda Hijacks Democracy. He will describe one of the most important but least recognized political developments in the last thirty years: the prolonged propaganda campaigns mounted by business to influence our opinions on fundamental issues of social and political life. Think tanks with impressive names and populist-sounding agendas-staffed with credentialed researchers with well-honed reputations and with connections to well-known universities-churn out research that purports to be both independent and free of bias. But peel back the curtain and what do you find? Big business with its big bucks and anti-democratic agenda: maximizing and maintaining profits no matter what. Independent and free of bias? Not even close.

He has spoken at CAUT Harry Crowe Foundation conference “Protecting the integrity of academic work.” Ottawa, November 3, 2007. See a comprehensive overview of his publications and presentations here.

Copies of Not a Conspiracy Theory, How Corporate Agenda Hijacks Democracy have been requested to be in Bookies.

Contact

Carolynn Fardy
TRUFA Wellness Commitee
cfardy@tru.ca
250 828 5444