Edward W. Said London Lecture 2016: Naomi Klein
4/05/16 7:30 pm
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Naomi Klein gave this year’s lecture in memory of Edward Said. Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and author of the critically acclaimed international bestsellers The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism; No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies; and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate which was one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year.
Klein’s lecture was introduced by Shami Chakrabarti. Shami Chakrabarti is Britain’s leading human rights campaigner. A lawyer, she is Chancellor of the University of Essex, Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Manchester, Honorary Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. Chakrabarti was Director of Liberty, the National Council for Civil Liberties from 2003 to 2016, and a member of the panel of the Leveson Inquiry, the judicial inquiry into UK phone hacking in 2011. She was awarded a CBE in 2007, was one of eight bearers of the Olympic Flag at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics and chaired the Baileys Prize for Womens’ Fiction in 2015. Her first book On Liberty, is published by Penguin.
In delivering this lecture Naomi Klein has followed in the footsteps of Marina Warner, Rashid Khalidi, Ahdaf Soueif, Noam Chomsky, Raja Shehadeh, and Daniel Barenboim in an annual event that is designed to emphasise the forward-looking nature of both Said’s work.
The 2016 Edward W. Said London Lecture was presented by A.M. Qattan Foundation/ The Mosaic Rooms and Southbank Centre and London Review of Books.