Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
Saturday, May 12
discusses his new book,
"American Fascists: The Christian Right and
the War on America"
- 2 to 4 p.m. Public forum and booksigning
Center Church on the Green, 250 Temple St., New Haven, CT
(Suggested donation: $10, students $5 with ID)
- 4-5 p.m. Reception with hors d'oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages (Our apologies for no alcohol, due to change in venue)
at Center Church Parish House, 311 Temple St., New Haven, CT
(behind the New Haven Public Library)
Tickets: $35, includes the public forum, booksigning and reception. We have a few spaces still available for the reception. Please call (203) 268-8446 ext. 3 for the reception.
Click here for more information on advance reservations/reception
Click here for directions and parking for Center Church
Click here for directions to the Center Church Parish House
Free parking across the street at Yale Parking Lot 51 available on weekends.
See below for more information.
CHRIS HEDGES spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent with the New York Times, where he was part of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. His best-selling book, "War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. Hedges is a recipient of the Lannan Literary Fellowship and received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.
In his new bestseller, "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America," Hedges, a Harvard Divinity School graduate and the son of a Presbyterian minister, argues that the Christian Right in the U.S. resembles the young fascist movement in Italy and Germany in the 1920's and '30s, movements that often masked the full extent of their drive for totalitarianism and were willing to make concessions until they achieved unrivaled power.
About the Day's Events
Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses, instead, a very real threat to our freedom and our way of life. In "American Fascists," Chris Hedges, veteran journalist and author of the National Book Award finalist "War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," challenges the Christian Right's religious legitimacy and argues that at its core it is a mass movement fueled by unbridled nationalism and a hatred for the open society.
Hedges, who grew up in rural parishes in upstate New York where his father was a Presbyterian pastor, attacks the movement as someone steeped in the Bible and Christian tradition. He points to the hundreds of senators and members of Congress who have earned between 80 and 100 percent approval ratings from the three most influential Christian Right advocacy groups as one of many signs that the movement is burrowing deep inside the American government to subvert it. The movement's call to dismantle the wall between church and state and the intolerance it preaches against all who do not conform to its warped vision of a Christian America are pumped into tens of millions of American homes through Christian television and radio stations, as well as reinforced through the curriculum in Christian schools. The movement's yearning for apocalyptic violence and its assault on dispassionate, intellectual inquiry are laying the foundation for a new, frightening America.
The "American Fascists" forum, sponsored by Squeaky Wheel Productions, nonprofit distributors of the syndicated "Between The Lines" radio newsmagazine, will also feature the program's producers Scott Harris and Melinda Tuhus. Special thank yous to The New Haven Advocate, Fairfield Weekly, Center Church on the Green, Rusty Hamilton and Marjolaine's bakery, and Zelphia Hunter.
Call (203) 268-8446 ext. 3 for advance reservations for preferred seating. Click here for directions and parking to the church and this benefit event for Squeaky Wheel Productions, distributors of "Between The Lines" radio newsmagazine.
The Day's Schedule
- 1:30 p.m. - Doors open, networking, book and product sales, tabling in church lobby
- 2 to 3:15 p.m. - Speech and Q&A
- 3:15-3:45 p.m.- Booksigning in rear of church sanctuary; networking, product sales, in church lobby
- 4-5 p.m. - Press interviews, reception with hors d'oeuvres, drinks with CHRIS HEDGES, Between The Lines producers and crew, and members of the community. You're invited!
PLEASE NOTE: Advance reservations for preferred seating can only be held until 10 minutes before the program if we have an unexpected overflow crowd.
All tickets can be paid at the door, cash or check made payable to The Global Center
The Center Church Parish House,
311 Temple St.,
New Haven, CT Tickets: $35, includes talk and reception
AS OF THURSDAY, MAY 10, WE STILL HAVE A FEW SPACES OPEN FOR RESERVATIONS Call us at (203) 417-1042 if you wish to be placed on the list, you can pay at the door.
Please make checks out to our tax-exempt, fiscal sponsor:
The Global Center
and mail to Squeaky Wheel Productions
P.O. Box 110176
Trumbull, CT 06611
NOTE: Your name will be placed on a list at the door
Call (203) 268-8446 ext. 3 for more information
Directions to the Center Church Parish House. Free parking at Yale Parking Lot 51 across the street available on weekends.
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