Monday, September 21, 2015

UIS Speaker Series explores Capitalism vs. reality

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents a Carrol C. Hall Lecture on “Capitalism vs. Reality.”

WHEN: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: "Does capitalism pursue a collective self-interest that benefits us all, or does it pursue the interests of the wealthy and transnational corporations?"

In this lecture, author and speaker Michael Parenti will provide a critique of capitalism as the driving logic of empire which motivates global exploitation and growing inequality everywhere. Parenti encourages attendees to think beyond dominant ideologies, and argues for the critical necessity of engaged citizens who are committed to a cooperative idea of the good society.

Michael Parenti holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. He has authored more than 20 books, many of which have been translated into over 18 languages. He serves on the board for Project Censored, as well as on the editorial boards of New Political Science and Nature, Society and Thought. Parenti focuses on American politics and U.S. foreign policy, and he directly indicts the U.S. government as the central administrator of global capitalism today.

This lecture is funded by the Carrol C. Hall Endowment Fund. This fund aims to further educate young Americans on capitalism as an economic system and philosophy.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events and more information, visit All events are free and open to the public.

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