KBOO Benefit with David Barsamian - Host of Alternative Radio
KBOO is excited to announce "An Evening with David Barsamian"
This is a fundraiser for KBOO Community Radio.
Barsamian will be speaking on "Elections & War" as well as a Q & A with audience members.
When: Friday November 5th, 2010 @ 7:30PM
Doors at 7PM
Where: First Unitarian Church of Portland's Historic Eliot Chapel
Tickets: $7 at the door.
Comment from one attendee at a David Barsamian talk:
“I have to admit that at the time I was unaware of our radio program, had never read any of the publications you brought with you, and had never even heard of Chomsky. After walking away from your lecture that day, I decided to put some things you said to heart. I sought out alternative sources of information; I subscribed to a couple of the magazines you suggested; I tuned in to Alternative Radio; I read some Chomsky, Cockburn, Lindorff, and more. It's funny, but in that one powerful hour that you spoke, you started a chain reaction that eventually transformed my whole approach to politics, economics — heck, life in general. Sounds extreme, I know, but its true.”
— B.C., Berkeley, Calif.
THE PEN AND THE SWORD: CONVERSATIONS WITH EDWARD SAID
By David Barsamian
Introduction by Eqbal Ahmad, with a new preface by Nubar Hovsepian
GATHERED HERE are five wide-ranging interviews with the internationally renowned Palestinian scholar and critic Edward Said (1935–2003). In conversation with David Barsamian, director of Alternative Radio, these interviews cover a broad range of topics, from Said's groundbreaking work of literary scholarship, Orientalism, to music and popular culture.
These conversations span 1987–94, a pivotal era in the Palestinian liberation movement during which Said testifies with stunning insight and eloquence to the crimes of the Israeli occupation and the betrayals of the PLO leadership. From this collection emerges a history that is both haunting — imbued with knowledge of loss and desire for justice for all Palestinians — and urgently needed to understand today’s conflict. With the original Introduction by Eqbal Ahmad, and a new preface from Nubar Hovsepian, this is an indispensable introduction to one of the twentieth century's foremost critical intellectuals.
At the outset one may ask: why this set of interviews with a writer as prolific and widely known as Edward Said?… One answer is that this book reveals more than any previous work the person behind the name. Most of Edward Said’s writings are scholarly and analytical. The mind is all there but not the man. Some of his books… also contain polemic which give us glimpses of the experiences and feelings which contributed to his formation as a critic of great originality and oppositional outlook. A smaller body of narratives… provide biographical information but barely reveal the linkages between the writer and his life. David Barsamian’s sympathetic questioning helps span the breach. These interviews are unique for the connections they uncover between the man and his ideas.
— FROM THE INTRODUCTION BY EQBAL AHMAD
EDWARD SAID taught English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His many books include Orientalism, The Question of Palestine, Covering Islam, After the Last Sky, and Humanism and Democratic Criticism.
DAVID BARSAMIAN is the award winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly series based in Boulder, Colorado. He is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Award and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes. He is the author of numerous books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali and Arundhati Roy.