ABC 2020 Host, John Stossel to speak at SJSU in May

JOHN STOSSEL INFORMATION:

San Jose State University, Department of Economics
DAVID S. SAURMAN PROVOCATIVE LECTURE SERIES
Presents

John Stossel
"Freedom And Its Enemies"

Cost: free

Thursday, May 13, 2004
5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
SJSU Morris Dailey Auditorium

RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING: Bring your copy of Stossel's Give Me A

Break for

the book signing and reception--7:15 to 8:00 p.m.--immediately

following the

presentation. Free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE TALK: "Liberty," says Stossel, "is what made America

great, yet

little by little, Americans are giving up that liberty." Stossel

talks about

the amazing benefits of individual freedom and free markets, and

what he has

learned in his 30-year journey from a Portland, Oregon consumer

reporter to his

current job as ABC's in-house contrarian. He discusses:
Who are today's American heroes?
Has our fear of technology led us to reject the very freedom that

has

lifted more people out of poverty than any society anywhere, ever?
Might safety regulations actually injure more people than they

protect?

Finally, why does the media ceaselessly hype unrealistic fears?

Every day

newspapers and television warn us of new, unsuspected dangers --

from Alar and

asbestos to cyclamates to the Audi 500. Stossel compares those

risks to life's

REAL risks.

ABOUT JOHN STOSSEL: Milton Friedman, winner of the Nobel Prize in

Economics

describes Stossel as "...that rare creature, a TV commentator who

understands

economics, in all its subtlety." The winner of 19 Emmy Awards,

Stossel was

named co-anchor of ABC News "20/20" in May, 2003. He joined the
highly-acclaimed newsmagazine in 1981, and began doing one-hour

prime time

specials in 1994. Stossel's specials tackle issues that face

Americans today.

His specials consistently rate among the top news programs and have

earned him

uncommon praise: "The most consistently thought-provoking TV

reporter of our

time" said the Dallas Morning News, while the Orlando Sentinel said

he "has the

gift for entertaining while saying something profound."

ABOUT THE DAVID S. SAURMAN PROVOCATIVE LECTURE SERIES: The

Department of

Economics invites students, faculty, and the general public to

consider

intellectual arguments on controversial topics. Presenters in the

Provocative

Lecture Series are noted for their outstanding scholarship and

public speaking

ability. This lecture series fosters the tradition of higher

education to

challenge ideas and develop critical thinking in an environment of

respect and

intellectual discourse. Our goal is for you to develop the critical

thinking

skills necessary to reach your own informed position on

controversial issues. We

invite you to relax, to ponder, and to enjoy the thought process.

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING: Convenient parking is available at the

public parking

garage on Fourth and San Fernando Street in downtown San Jose

(95192). From this

parking garage you can cross the street to enter the Martin Luther

King, Jr.

Library, walk through the first floor lobby to the campus exit.

Morris Dailey