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About David Barsamian

One of America's most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio—now in its 32th year—and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His forthcoming book with Noam Chomsky is Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media, the economic crisis and global rebellions.

David Barsamian is the winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. In 2017 the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, Vienna and elsewhere.

Barsamian was deported from India due to his work on Kashmir and other revolts. He is still barred from traveling to "the world's largest democracy."

The Boulder Weekly published this feature about him. 

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

"Your talk was very educational, thought-provoking and at times entertaining, just what the students needed! I myself learned a lot. Thank you again for speaking at Red Rocks!!!" Simon, Professor, Red Rocks Community College, Denver, CO
"Thank you for giving us your time. Hanging out with you, holding these events, and hearing you talk was an amazing and growing experience for us. The whole team feels very united after the past few days. They send their thanks and best wishes as well." Alireza Ghaseminejad, Vancouver, BC
"It is always fun having you here. You bring great information and spirit into all of our lives. I look forward to seeing you down the road." Jim Tarbell, Mendocino, CA
"It was informative/inspiring/touching to hear your thoughtful enthusiastic presentation." Stephanie, New York, NY
"Thanks so much for speaking to my class –  the several verbal comments after your departure were gratifying – they definitely appreciated your information and style and several made comments that because you  expressed hope at the end that they didn't feel depressed but motivated to find their individual  passion to work for change." Niels Schonbeck, University of Colorado, Denver
"I wanted to express my special thanks for the very interesting lectures you delivered in Yerevan earlier this month. I was present at two of the public events as an interpreter and was really very impressed by your talks." Lilit Khayrabedyan, Editor/Translator, Tert.am
"It was a pleasure to attend your talks in September at Worcester State. You are certainly an inspiration! I've enjoyed exploring the Alternative Radio site and look forward to following your work, particularly reading your new book.​" Morgan in Worcester, MA

Lecture topics

Resistance in the Age of Trump
Ecocide: The War on Nature
Capt. Ahab & U.S. Policy
Palestine: 50 Years of Occupation
The Rise of ISIS
Saudi Arabia, Jihad & Terrorism
Islamophobia: The Politics of Hate
Reform or Revolution?
Targeting Iran
Language & Politics: Orwell's World & Ours
Media and Propaganda
Global Uprisings
The Twilight of Capitalism
Media & Democracy
Imperialism: Then & Now
War of the Words
U.S. Foreign Policy: Old Wine, New Bottles
India: Revolts & Rebellions
Kashmir: The Struggle for Freedom
Pakistan: Never Ending Disaster
Afghanistan & Pakistan
NPR & PBS - Decline & Fall
Palestine: Remembering Edward Said
History & Memory: Celebrating Howard Zinn
Eqbal Ahmad: The Engaged Intellectual
The Warfare State
Media & U.S. Empire
Imperial America: Last Tango in Waziristan
United States of Amnesia
Terrorism: Theirs & Ours
Worthy & Unworthy Victims
The Current Crisis in the Middle East
I Have a Drone
Capitalism & the Environment: Collision Course
Media, Capitalism & Climate Change
Turkey & the Armenian Genocide: Case Study in Denial
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