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TUESDAY, APR 10 2012, 06:30 PM

For this event, the Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to host best-selling Austrian author and activist Klaus Werner-Lobo, whom Der Spiegel named one of the “stars of alternative globalization”, along with the likes of Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Michael Moore, and Jean Ziegler. Academy Award© winning film director Charles Ferguson will also participate, as will artist and independent curator Gregory Sholette.
The panel will be moderated by Risk Management expert Robert Donovan.

The topic of discussion will be the new wave of criticism of globalization, neoliberal capitalism, and their effect on rising worldwide inequality. For the past thirty years or so, it was largely assumed that the invisible hand of the market would eventually distribute goods and services equally and thereby efficiently benefit all. Today, Klaus Werner-Lobo is at the forefront of a new discussion taking place about the overlooked consequences of political, cultural, and economic power which is exerted by major businesses, corporations, and other purely profit-oriented international players. However, every crisis can also bear seeds of change and new opportunities. Critics, grassroots initiatives, and global civil society movements are searching for new opportunities to change and improve living and working conditions at both the centers and the peripheries.


Former Austrian journalist Klaus Werner-Lobo (photo by Paul Sturm) is a member of the Vienna City Council and the Spokesman for Culture and Human Rights of Vienna’s Green Party, and the best-selling author of several books on globalization and its effects. His publications include the Black Book on Brands (Schwarzbuch Markenfirmen, 2001), Black Book on Oil (Schwarzbuch Öl, 2005), and most recently, We Own the World (Uns gehört die Welt!, 2010), which deals with the power and machinations of multinational corporations.

Gregory Sholette is a New York-based artist, writer, and independent curator, whose current exhibition, It’s the Political Economy, Stupid is on view at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York through April 22. Sholette is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Queens College: City University of New York (CUNY), a visiting faculty member of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University (Spring 2010), and he teaches an annual seminar in theory and social practice for the CCC post-graduate research program at Geneva University of Art and Design.

A native of San Francisco, Charles Ferguson is the director of the acclaimed feature length documentary about the financial crisis of 2007-2010, Inside Job, for which he won the Academy Award© in 2010, and No End In Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq (2007). Originally educated as a political scientist, Ferguson is also a successful software entrepreneur, writer and authority in technology policy.

Robert Donovan is a Director in risk management with the investment banking firm of Société Générale, where he is the senior credit analyst in the portfolio analysis group for the Americas.  Additionally, he is a Co-Chair of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, a voting rights and election monitoring project of the New York State Democratic Committee and the DNC. Donovan has monitored elections overseas in Bosnia, Kosovo, Georgia and Macedonia and worked on political campaigns in Illinois and North Carolina. He is a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project and holds a B.A. in German and Political Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and an M.Sc. in international affairs from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.