The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences are thrilled to announce Naomi Klein as the Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair of Arts and Sciences.  Naomi Klein will give a free public lecture, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate”, on Thursday, February 26, 2015, 6:00-7:30 pm at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoaʻs Campus Center Ballroom. (Overflow room: Art Auditorium.) Details below.

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Colleges of Arts and Sciences and the Dai Ho Chun Endowment for Distinguished Chair Presents: Naomi Klein!

This Changes Everything:

Capitalism vs. The Climate

Thursday, February 26, 2015 – 6:00-7:30 pm
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa – Campus Center – Ballroom

(Overflow: Art Auditorium)

In Spring 2015, NAOMI KLEIN will be Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair in Arts & Sciences at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller, TheShock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, published in over 30 languages with more than a million copies in print. It was a New York Times Critics’ Pick of the Year and Rachel Maddow called The Shock Doctrine, “The only book of the last few years in American publishing that I would describe as a mandatory must-read.”

Klein’s first book No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies was also an international bestseller, translated into over 25 languages with more than a million copies in print. In 2011, Time Magazine named it as one of the Top 100 non-fiction books published since 1923.

She is a contributing editor for Harper’s, 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 Syndicate. Additionally, her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, TheGlobe and Mail, El Pais, L’Espresso and The New Statesman, among many other publications.

She is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics. She holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King’s College, Nova Scotia.

Her most recent book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, was an instant bestseller when published in September 2014. It debuted at #5 on The New York Times list and is at the top of multiple bestseller lists in the US, UK and Canada.The New York Times has called it “the most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring.”

In This Changes Everything, Klein tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war, she argues, our economic model is waging against life on earth. Klein exposes the myths that are clouding the debate on climate change and how to best respond to this crisis.

 She argues thecapitalist market cannot save us, and an addiction to profit and growth only exacerbates the problem. She shows it is far from impossible to get off fossil fuels, indeed we know exactly how to do it: rein in corporate power, rebuild local economies and reclaim our local democracies.

Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts. Confronting it is about changing the world—before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe.

Author signing will follow the reading. Books will be made available for purchase by the UH Mānoa Bookstore. This lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets required. Doors will open at 5:30 pm for the 6:00 pm event. Seating is open. First-come, first-served. Overflow room: UHM Art Auditorum. The event will also be taped by ‘Ōlelo Community Media. This lecture is co-sponsored by Dai Ho Chun Endowment for Distinguished Lecturers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the International Cultural Studies Graduate Certificate Program, and the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature.

For more information, please visit: or contact event organizer: Professor Christina Gerhardt, at (808) 956-4182 or