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News: Author John Perkins to Speak at Pasadena City College April 10

John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, will speak about the nature of globalization and the emerging power of corporations at Pasadena City College on April 10 at 7 p.m. in Creveling Lounge. Topics to be discussed include how Americans have been deceived since the global meltdown of 2008 and what students should know about the power of corporations.

Perkins was recruited by the National Security Agency during 1968, his last year at Boston University's School of Business Administration. He spent the next three years in the Peace Corps in South America. In  1971, he joined the international consulting firm of Chas. T. Main, a Boston-based company of 2,000 employees that kept a very low profile. As chief economist and director of Economics and Regional Planning at MAIN, his primary job was to convince Less Developed Countries (LDCs) around the world to accept multibillion dollar loans for infrastructure projects and to see to it that most of this money ended up at MAIN, Bechtel, Halliburton, Brown and Root, and other U.S. engineering/construction companies. The loans left the recipient countries wallowing in debt and highly vulnerable to outside political and commercial interests.

Perkins resigned his position at MAIN in 1981. He founded and became CEO of Independent Power Systems, pioneering technologies that promoted the use of "waste" power plant heat in hydroponic greenhouses and other cogeneration applications. In 1990, he sold IPS and founded a nonprofit organization, Dream Change Coalition, which works closely with Amazonian and other indigenous people to help preserve their environments and cultures.

Perkins began writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man over the past two decades. He was persuaded to stop by lucrative business offers that were contingent on his silence. "Now," he says, "we have entered the new millennium. Nine-eleven happened. My daughter has grown up and left home. The time has come. . ."

For more information, please call (626) 585-7750.

Release Date: 03/26/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315
Email: jfgutierrez@pasadena.edu