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Is the solution to a fast-approaching, world-changing cataclysm to change the world first to prevent it? 

Naomi Klein will argue in the affirmative when she speaks on the need to reform our capitalist economic structure to prevent climate change at her Chautauqua lecture on Wednesday, March 23, at Eastern Kentucky University. An award-winning journalist, columnist and No. 1 international best-selling author, she will present “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate” at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Auditorium of the Coates Building. Her talk, free and open to the public, also serves as the keynote address for Women’s History Month and Climate Justice Month.

Klein is the author of many successful books. Her latest, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” published in 2014, exposes the myths of the climate change debate. It debuted at number five on the New York Times Bestseller List, was named to multiple Best of 2014 lists, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014 list; won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for nonfiction and is being translated into more than 20 languages. After the book was published, Klein was invited by Pope Francis to participate in the Vatican’s recent conference on climate change.

Klein is also the author of “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” published in 2007. It was an international bestseller, published in more than 30 languages, with over one million copies in print, and also appeared on multiple ‘best of year’ lists. Rachel Maddow described it as “the only book of the last few years in American publishing that I would describe as a mandatory must read.” It was adapted into a short film and feature-length documentary.

Klein’s first book, “No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies,” published in 1999, was also an international bestseller. In 2011, Time Magazine named it one of the top 100 nonfiction books published since 1923.

Klein also wrote “The Take,” an award-winning documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s Bazaar, a reporter for Rolling Stone and writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is syndicated internationally by The New York Times.

In 2004, Klein’s reporting from Iraq for Harper’s Bazaar won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics. In 2014, she received the International Studies Association’s IPE Outstanding Activist Scholar award.

Her lecture is sponsored by EKU’s School of Justice Studies and its new Social Justice degree program.

For more information, visit www.chautauqua.eku.eduor contact Chautauqua Lecture Coordinator Dr. Erik Liddell at