Posted on Mar 28, 2002

Schenectady, N.Y. (March 28, 2002) – Barbara Garson, author of Money Makes the World Go Around, will speak on Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the F.W. Olin Center Auditorium at Union College.

Her talk is free and open to the public.

Her most recent book, Money Makes the World Go Around: One Investor Tracks her Cash Through the Global Economy (Viking 2001), sets out to answer the question, “How much is each of us affected by the flow of capital around a world without barriers?” She invests in an aggressive mutual fund and then track's her money's every stop as it races digitally around the world for loans, speculation and investments. The trail takes her to the Federal funds trading desk of a Manhattan bank, a Brooklyn shrimp importer, a new oil refinery in Asia and factories in Tennessee and Maine.

Garson is the author of the play MacBird, which has sold over a half million copies, and two classic books about work: All the Livelong Day and The Electronic Sweatshop. Her other plays include Security and the Obie Award-winning children's play The Dinosaur Door. She has written for The New York Times, Harpers, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Newsweek. For her nonfiction, journalism and playwriting, she has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a National Press Club Citation.

In 1964 Garson was editor of the Free Speech Movement (FSM) Newsletter in Berkeley. During the Vietnam War she worked in an anti-war coffee shop for GIs near the Fort Lewis Army Base. She was one of the six plaintiffs in a successful suit that the National Writer's Union won at the Supreme Court on behalf of Free Lance Writers' and their electronic copyrights. She is active in the movement against corporate globalism and for global justice.

The talk is sponsored by Union's Women's Studies, and the departments of economics, history, English, anthropology, Latin American studies, American studies, and East Asian studies.

For more information, call 388-6046.

For calendar listings:

Speaker: Barbara Garson, author, playwright and journalist 
Topic: Public lecture
Date: Monday, April 8
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: F.W. Olin Center Auditorium, Union College
Cost: free and open to the public
Information: 388-6046