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PITTSBURGH FREEPERS- HEADS UP ^ | 4/29/02 | Mark Harris

Posted on 04/29/2002 4:42:01 PM PDT by GOPMark

IT appears as if the whacko liberal loonies are hosting what they call a "dialogue" on Democracy. Guess what they are all anti-war, flaming liberals. Patch Adams spoke at my school and I can tell you he's bad news. I think the Pittsburgh chapter and freepers should attend this event, for the Q&A. Possibly pass out pro-war lit too, anyways just some ideas and a heads up.

TOPICS: Activism/Chapters
KEYWORDS: crazies; pittsburgh; protest
A live audience will engage in open dialogue with Dr. Patch Adams, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dr. David Korten, Frances Moore Lappé, Dr. Michael Parenti and Dr. Susan Parenti , who will present on the current state of democracy and the role of the US government and businesses in the world. NEW: READ about speaker's individual lectures!

NEW: Read about individual speaker's lectures at the bottom of the story

A live audience will engage in open dialogue with Dr. Patch Adams, Dr. Michael Parenti, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dr. David Korten, Frances Moore Lappé, and Dr. Susan Parenti, who will present on the current state of democracy and the role of the US government and businesses in the world. The event will take place on Monday, April 29 from 7 –10:30 p.m. in the David Lawrence Hall Auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh, 3942 Forbes Avenue. Organized by Zi, a Pittsburgh based activist organization, the event will further public dialogue between mainstream political positions and the views of many intellectuals and activists, as represented by the panelists. Zi is organizing the event in cooperation with the Thomas Merton Center, founded in 1972 as a Peace and Social Justice Center.

“Dialogue for Democracy” builds on Dr. Patch Adam’s October 26 lecture at Mt. Lebanon High School near Pittsburgh, where his critical views of American foreign policy stimulated public discussions within the community. Zi is encouraging civic political discussions by giving the public an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with a distinguished panel.

Dr. Hunter (Patch) Adams is a physician, social activist, professional clown, author and director of the Gesundheit! Institute. The institute is a non-profit health care community that works toward increasing empathy and humanity in society. Adams is the subject of the film Patch Adams starring Robin Williams, as well as the documentary The Real Patch Adams, which details his life and unconventional medical philosophy.

Dr. Michael Parenti is an author, lecturer and leading political analyst. Parenti received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 1962 and has taught at a number of colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. He has written numerous books and articles on topics from the global economy to mass media, including The Terrorism Trap: September 11 and Beyond, History as Mystery, and the 7th edition of Democracy for the Few. Parenti’s articles have appeared in CovertAction Quarterly, Monthly Review, Prevailing Winds, The Humanist, New Political Science, The Nation, Z Magazine, and Dollars and Sense. His writings have been translated into 11 languages and are widely used in college courses.

Dr. Helen Caldicott is a physician, activist and writer. An advocate of citizen action on nuclear and environmental concerns, she is the founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament. She has also been the subject of several films, including Eight Minutes to Midnight (1982 Academy Award nominee) and If You Love This Planet, winner of the 1983 Academy Award for Best Documentary. Her most recent book, The New Nuclear Danger – George Bush’s Military Industrial Complex, makes the case that the Bush Administration’s ties to business have dangerous implications for world peace.

Dr. David Korten has taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and has directed projects through the Harvard Institute for International Development and US Agency for International Development (USAID). Disillusioned by the inability of USAID and other large official aid donors to apply effective approaches to third world development, Korten broke with the official aid system. In 1990 he joined with colleagues from around the world to found the People-Centered Development Forum and the Positive Futures Network, publishers of the magazine YES! A Journal of Positive Futures. His most recent books are When Corporations Rule the World and The Post-Corporate World.

Frances Moore Lappé is an activist and author of 12 books, including the bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet. Her most recent book, Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet, was written while she was a visiting scholar at MIT. Lappé is co-founder of two national organizations: The Institute for Food and Development Policy (better known as Food First and described by the New York Times as one of the nation’s “most respected food think tanks”) and The Center for Living Democracy. Lappé’s books are used in a broad array of courses in hundreds of colleges and universities in more than 50 countries and have been translated into over a dozen languages.

Dr. Susan Parenti is a composer, playwright and poet who has written and lectured extensively on composition and feminism. She has taught courses on creativity in activism and is a founding instructor at the School for Designing a Society in Urbana, Illinois.

Additional information and expanded panelist bios

1 posted on 04/29/2002 4:42:02 PM PDT by GOPMark
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If I lived in Pittsburgh I'd come. BTW, your in school? Maybe I'm not the yougest FReeper.
2 posted on 04/29/2002 5:06:40 PM PDT by Chad Bagwell
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