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USM Hosts Public Lecture, “Green is the New Red”

The University of Southern Maine will host a public lecture with award-winning journalist Will Potter at 7 p.m., Monday, November 14, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland.  In his lecture, Potter will discuss his new book, “Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege.”  This event is free and open to the public.

At a time when it seems that everyone is going green, most people are unaware that the FBI is using anti-terrorism resources to target environmentalists and animal rights activists.  “Green is the New Red” presents the story of how everyday people are prevented from speaking up for what they believe in.  Potter outlines the political, legal and public relations strategies that threaten even acts of nonviolent civil disobedience with the label of “eco-terrorism.”

Potter is an award-winning independent journalist based in Washington, D.C.  His work has appeared in publications including the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post and the Vermont Law Review, and he has testified before the U.S. Congress about his reporting.  “Green is the New Red” is Potter’s first published book.

This lecture is sponsored by the following USM departments and programs: the Department of Criminology, the Department of Economics, the Honors Program and the Department of Political Science.  For more information about the lecture, please contact Dusan Bjelic, professor of criminology, at 699-8271.