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7-7:30 pm Dan Zegart author reading, excerpt from Civil Warriors
7:30 pm film screening, Addiction Incorporated, Plus Director via Skype
Should major business organizations, such as tobacco companies and fast-food companies, have moral and social responsibilities to the public in what they produce, sell, and how they market? This evening’s program will explore this question.
ADDICTION INCORPORATED is the true story of Victor DeNoble, one of the most important and influential whistleblowers of all time… In the 1980s, DeNoble was a research scientist at a major tobacco company, where he proved something that the industry had been denying for years: that cigarettes were addictive. In a true act of modern-day heroism, DeNoble took his findings to the people despite a strict confidentiality agreement, eventually testifying about his research in the infamous 1994 Congressional hearings with the seven heads of the major tobacco companies. ADDICTION INCORPORATED is a story of one man risking everything to make a difference, shaking up a powerful industry and saving countless lives along the way. 1 hr 42 mins, rated PG
Dan Zegart is the critically acclaimed author of Civil Warriors: The Legal Siege on the Tobacco Industry and a featured expert in ADDICTION INCORPORTATED. Zegart’s journalism has been featured in The New York Times, Ms., Playboy and The Nation. He has also written, reported or produced for PBS’s “Frontline,” ABC News “20/20,” and the ABC “Directions” documentary series.
"[If] the reader is looking for a highly readable overview of the sprawling tobacco litigation, told briskly, comprehensively and comprehensibly by an excellent storyteller, then Civil Warriors is a good pick."
— The New York Times Book Review