Friday, May 15, 2009

Robert Scheer to speak Thursday, May 21

Come hear veteran journalist Robert Scheer take aim at America's defense policy and military budget Thursday, May 21, 7 pm.

Scheer argues that war cannot defeat terrorism. What's required is simple police work, dogged, boring and not terribly expensive, not trillion-dollar bombers, submarines and nuclear arsenal, expenditures he contends are unrelated to defeating terrorists and of little use in Iraq.

He soberly reminds readers that Americans have never objected to wasteful defense budgets, and antiwar elected officials fight as viciously as neoconservatives to bring money to their district's defense industries. Scheer's prose is as clear as his evidence; readers will be galvanized by his incendiary account.

Robert Scheer has built a reputation for strong social and political writing over his 30 years as a journalist. His columns appear in newspapers across the country, and his in-depth interviews have made headlines.

Between 1964 and 1969 he was Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor in chief of Ramparts magazine. From 1976 to 1993 he served as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, writing on diverse topics such as the Soviet Union, arms control, national politics and the military. In 1993 he launched a nationally syndicated column based at the Los Angeles Times, where he was named a contributing editor. That column ran weekly for the next 12 years and is now based at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Robert Scheer is a Clinical Professor at the Annenberg School For Communication at USC. He was raised in the Bronx, where he attended public schools and graduated from City College of New York. He studied as a Maxwell fellow at Syracuse University and was a fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley, where he did graduate work in economics. Scheer has also been a Poynter fellow at Yale, and was a fellow in arms control at Stanford.

Thursday, May 21, 7 pm
Glendale Public Library Auditorium
222 East Harvard Street, Glendale
(818) 548-2042

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