Bakersfield College

Distinguished Speaker: Eric Schlosser 7PM

Eric Schlosser

Writer | Truth | Investigative Journalist

From Fast Food Nation to Command and Control

Thursday, April 4, 2019
10 a.m. & 2 p.m. | Levan Center
2 p.m. | Livecast to Delano
7 p.m. | Indoor Theatre

Eric Schlosser explores subjects ignored by the mainstream media and tries to give a voice to people at the margins of society. As an investigative journalist, he’s followed the harvest with migrant farm workers in California, spent time with meatpacking 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 dvisited prisons throughout the United States. His aim is to shed light on worlds that are too often hidden.

Schlosser’s first book, Fast Food Nation, helped start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. He discusses the proliferation of fast food chains and its effect on issues such as health, the economy, and working conditions. Fast Food Nation has been distinguished as “eye-opening book” with a “high level of reporting and research.”

Schlossers’ recent book Command and Control reveals the details of America’s effort to prevent nuclear weapons from being stolen, sabotaged, or detonated by accident. Command and Control was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize (History), a New York Times Notable Book and bestseller, a Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book, and won the Gold Medal Award (Nonfiction) from the 2013 California Book Awards.

Fast Food Nation book cover Command and Control book cover

Speaker Biography

Schlosser started his career as a journalist with The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, Massachusetts and quickly gained recognition for his investigative pieces, earning two awards within two years of joining the staff. He has also appeared on various television programs including Sixty Minutes, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and O’Reilly Factor. Mr. Schlosser’s awards include the National Magazine Award for a two part series in the Atlantic Monthly entitled “Reefer Madness” and “Marijuana and the Law” and the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for “In the Strawberry Fields.” Mr. Schlosser also received the Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism from the University of California, Los Angeles in the Anderson School of Management.

Eric Schlosser author portrait

Faculty Coordinator: Reggie Williams, Professor of Philosophy
Brought to you as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series in collaboration with the Levan Center for the Humanities’ Speaker Series

Date & Time: 
Thu, 04/04/2019 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: 
Edward Simonsen Performing Arts Center (Indoor Theater)