Talk takes place in the U of W’s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall.
Joel Bakan, author of the international bestseller The Corporation, and writer of the hit documentary film based upon it, talks about his new book Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children. Whether the industry is marketing to kids or digital gaming, pharmaceuticals or industrial chemicals, farm labor or K-12 education, a similar dynamic is at work, Bakan argues: children are being neglected, harmed and exploited by large corporations increasingly unrestrained in their pursuit of profit. Change is possible, Bakan suggests, and he offers concrete ideas about how to pursue it.
Variously praised as "powerful" (The Independent on Sunday), "stunning" (USA Today), "a call to arms to parents and a wake-up call to society" (Montreal Gazette), and "a penetrating study" (Noam Chomsky), Bakan's new book is, according to physician and author Dr. Gabor Mate, "an eloquent and prophetic work we need most urgently to heed."