Barsamian, Nobel speak in Hood River this weekend

News staff writer

April 19, 2006

Renowned speakers on peace, justice and environmental issues visit Hood River this weekend.

The Columbia Art Center hosts a Saturday talk by Claes Nobel, an international champion of environmental stewardship.

National radio journalist and author David Barsamian will speak Sunday in Hood River, on “Another World is Possible: People Power in the Age of Empire.”

Barsamian will speak at 7 p.m. at Riverside Community Church, Fourth and State streets in downtown Hood River. Tickets are $10 at Waucoma Bookstore; the event is sponsored by Squrl Music and Mid-Columbia Fellowship For Peace. Organizers said no one will be turned away from the all-ages event. Barsamian is visiting five Oregon towns on his “Another World is Possible” tour.

Barsamian can be heard on the independent weekly series Alternative Radio, a program he founded and is now broadcast on more than 125 stations around the world. He has worked in radio since 1978.

Barsamian’s latest books are “Imperial Ambitions,” with Noam Chomsky, and “Speaking of Empire and Resistance,” with Tariq Alil. His articles appear in The Progressive and Z magazine.


Saturday’s presentation by Claes Nobel starts at 7 p.m. at Jeans @ 110 in Hood River. The public is welcome. A “sliding-scale” donation of up to $15 is requested. All proceeds will benefit the Columbia Arts Center.

Local environmental artist Daniel Dancer will appear with Nobel. Both will be discuss issues related to the current state of the environment, and sharing ideas about what individuals and the community can do to make a difference.

Nobel, a native of Sweden who has been living in Corbett for two years, is the senior member of the Nobel Prize family. He has traveled the world meeting with CEOs and entrepreneurs as well as policy makers and prime ministers on behalf of responsible social and economic development.

Nobel recently became the president and chairman of the board for the National Society of High School Scholars, an organization whose mission is to recognize and encourage academic excellence among the most exceptional high school students.

Nobel has said, “Students are the stewards for our planet. My goal is to help kids become the kind of leaders they need to be, in order to help us create a better, safer, saner world.”

Dancer, a nationally acclaimed environmental artist and photographer from Mosier, said that environmental art displays the truth about the world — both the beauty in it and the destruction of it. “To just display the beauty of the world creates an illusion that all is well, when in fact, it is not.”

Dancer will be making these and other points about the environment in a slide presentation he will be narrating. The focus of the presentation will be on describing the meaning and rationale behind the many pieces of environmental art he created over a 10-year period.

For more information about the Earth Day presentation, contact Jules Burton at (541) 387-3586. For information about other Columbia Arts projects, call Judie Hanel at (541) 387-8877.

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