Last Distinguished Speaker at BC: Eric Schlosser

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04aprAll Day28marLast Distinguished Speaker at BC: Eric Schlosser10:00 AM & 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Eric Schlosser

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From Fast Food Nation to Command and Control

Eric Schlosser

Writer | Truth | Investigative Journalist

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive

10 a.m. & 2 p.m. | Levan Center for the Humanities
7 p.m. | Indoor Theatre, Performing Arts Center

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Title: Fast Food Nation book cover - Description: Fast Food Nation book coverTitle: Command and Control book cover - Description: Command and Control book coverEric 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 visited 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.



Title: Eric Schlosser author portrait - Description: Eric Schlosser author portraitSpeaker 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.


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