Posted: 2/15/17

‘Economic Hit Man’ Lectures for IBC Keynote Speaker Series at TAMIU Feb. 22


John Perkins
Best-selling author John Perkins lectures @ TAMIU  

Bestselling author of the New York Times “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,” John Perkins, will share his experiences and advice on how to fix the U.S. economy at the next installment of the International Bank of Commerce 2017 Keynote Speaker Series at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the TAMIU Student Center Ballroom.

Admission is free and open to the public.

A reception starts at 7 p.m.

The lecture series is presented by the TAMIU A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business’ Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade and sponsored by IBC Bank.

Perkins’s lecture, “Economic Crisis: The Hit Men Strike Home… What Wrecked Our Economy and How to Fix It,” examines the recent U.S. economic crisis and offers a plan for creating an economic system which is sustainable and regenerates destroyed environments.

As chief economist at a major international consulting firm, Perkins advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations and leaders of countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. His books, including “Confessions,” were groundbreaking exposés of the clandestine operations that created the current global crises.

His newest book, “The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” (2016), builds on the stage set by his previous books and brings the story of economic hit men and jackal assassins to the U.S. In it, he explains how tools honed during the past 40 years in economically developing countries are enabling the extremely rich to purchase businesses at fire sale prices, defend abolition of heath care, education and other social programs, and justify privatization of the public sector in the U.S. and Europe.

Perkins has presented lectures at Harvard, Oxford and more than 50 other universities worldwide. He is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, nonprofit organizations devoted to establishing a world future generations will want to inherit.

He has also written books on indigenous cultures and transformation and has been featured on several television shows, newspapers and magazines and documentaries, including “Apology of an Economic Hit Man.”

Perkins received the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace in 2012 and the Rainforest Action Network Challenging Business as Usual Award in 2006.

For more information, contact Amy Palacios, associate director, Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, at 326.2820 or amy@tamiu.edu or visit offices in Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 221.

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