Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

David H. Caskey Memorial Lecture

2014 Caskey Lecture


Thursday, April 3, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Physical Education Center

Keynote Speaker: Eric Schlosser

Admission: Free

Who can attend? Open to the entire community.

The Lecture: Join us for an illuminating presentation by New York Times bestseller, Eric Schlosser as he discusses his latest book, "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, The Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety." Schlosser will share his research about the history and complexity of these weapons, as well as a concern about the human capacity for error. The Cold War may have ended years ago, yet nuclear weapons remain. Where do we go from here?

Eric Schlosser

 

About Eric Schlosser: As an investigative journalist, Eric Schlosser tries to explore subjects ignored by the mainstream media and give 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 meat packing workers in Texas and Colorado, told the stories of marijuana growers and pornographers and the victims of violent crime, 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 worlds 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. His new book, Command and Control (2013), examines the efforts of the military, since the atomic era began during World War II, to prevent nuclear weapons from being stolen, sabotaged, or detonated by accident.

Before writing non-fiction, Schlosser was a playwright and worked for an independent film company. In recent years he's returned to those fields. Two of Schlosser's plays have been produced in London: Americans (2003) at the Arcola Theatre and We the People (2007) at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Schlosser served as an executive producer and co-wrote the feature film Fast Food Nation (2006), directed by Richard Linklater. Their screenplay was named one of the best of that year by New York Times critics A.O. Scott and Mahnola Dargis. Schlosser was an executive producer of There Will Be Blood (2008), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. He was a co-producer and the co-narrator of the award-winning documentary, Food, Inc., directed by Robert Kenner.