An Evening with David Barsamian

Jul 17, 2014 | Events

Elk River Arts & Lectures will host Alternative Radio host and author David Barsamian for a visit with local high school students and public reading on Thursday, October 16.

According to his bio, “Barsamian is the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado. One of America’s most wide-ranging and respected independent journalists, David Barsamian has altered the media landscape with his radio programs and books with Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Howard Zinn, Edward Said, Arundhati Roy and others.

His most recent books are Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism with Richard Wolff and Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and The New Challenges to U.S. Empire with Noam Chomsky. He is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.”

Howard Zinn called Barsamian “the Studs Terkel of our generation.” Political Affairs magazine praises his interviewing skills as well, saying “Sitting down and talking to Noam Chomsky about current affairs has to be one of the most illuminating experiences going. But what if you can’t always think of the best questions? Not to worry: David Barsamian’s interviews with Chomsky consistently ask penetrating and provocative questions.”

Barsamian will visit with Park High School students on Thursday, October 16, then give a public reading that evening upstairs at Elk River Books,120 N. Main St. at 7 p.m. The reading is free, and will be followed by a reception and signing. The events are co-sponsored by the Murray Hotel and Elk River Books.

Elk River Arts & Lectures is a non-profit (501c3 status pending) organization that seeks to bring writers to Livingston for free public readings, and also to provide opportunities for those writers to interact with local public school students. ERAL is currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to fund its 2014-2015 season. More details are available at


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