Stossel to Deliver Same Lecture in Seattle on April 28
(SPOKANE, Wash.) — ABC News correspondent John Stossel, co-anchor of “20/20” and author of The “John Stossel Specials,” will be the keynote speaker at the 21st annual Economics Symposium, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, April 29 at the Spokane Convention Center. The cost is $100/person or $1,000/table of 10.
ABC News Correspondent John Stossel
The title of Stossel’s lecture — hosted by the Gonzaga University School of Business Administration — is, “Freedom and Its Enemies.” The lecture will explain how economic freedom leads to incentives for market growth and exchange, defined property rights, and opportunity for profit and wealth. All proceeds will benefit the Gonzaga University School of Business Administration’s scholarship programs.
The day before this lecture, Stossel will deliver the same lecture in Seattle, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Monday, April 28 at the Sheraton Hotel at 1400 6th Ave. Cost is $125/person and $1,250/table of 10. That lecture is hosted jointly by the GU and Seattle University schools of business administration. All proceeds from the Seattle lecture will benefit the business schools’ scholarship programs. For tickets or more information on the Seattle event, please contact Jennifer Horne via e-mail at Seattle University. Fair market value of this meal is $45.
Stossel has received 19 Emmy Awards, has been honored five times by the National Press Club for excellence in consumer reporting. His other awards include the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award.
In addition to his in-depth reports for “20/20” on subjects ranging from government waste to parenting, Stossel also does shorter pieces debunking myths, such as “record high” gas prices, the evils of “sweatshops” and price “gouging.” Also, his “Give Me a Break” commentaries take a skeptical look at a wide array of issues, from pop culture controversies to censorship and government regulations.
Stossel has penned two best-sellers: “Give Me a Break,” and “Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Why Everything You Know Is Wrong.”
His TV 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.”
Stossel’s most recent special, “Stupid in America,” suggested the government’s monopoly on education cheats children. “John Stossel Goes to Washington” examined how, under Democrats and Republicans, government keeps growing, while “Tampering with Nature” suggested that most tampering is a good thing.
His first special, “Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death,” examined exaggerated fears of things like chemicals and crime. It was followed by “The Blame Game,” which looked at Americans’ growing tendency to blame their misfortunes on others, and “Boys and Girls Are Different.”
For “Is America Number 1?,” Stossel’s most popular program in high school classrooms, he traveled the world to compare American life with life elsewhere and ask, “what makes a nation prosperous?”
In “You Can’t Say That!,” he looked at the battle for free speech while he examines the science of happiness in “The Mystery of Happiness.” A 1969 graduate of Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Stossel probes destructive lawsuits in “The Trouble with Lawyers,” and bogus scientific claims in “Junk Science: What You Know That May Not Be So.”
His “Freeloaders” focused on how getting “something for nothing” appeals to all of us, including the rich, whom he said often use government power to help themselves. “Greed” challenged conventional wisdom on how Americans view business, while “Sex, Drugs and Consenting Adults” questioned why Americans are jailed for voluntary non-violent activities.
For more information on tickets to this event, please contact Sean Harrell via e-mail or call Maureen Duclos at (59) 323-3404 or visit Stossel’s Web site. *Fair market value of the meal is $25.