This Changes Everything featuring Naomi Klein

2016 SFU Vancouver Speaker Series

Series SFU Vancouver Speaker Series, 2016, Climate + Environment, Economy

Join us for this special evening with Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author.

Ms. Klein will provide a keynote presentation, followed by a moderated Q & A with Shauna Sylvester, Executive Director, SFU Public Square. After the show, Ms. Klein will participate in an on-site book-signing. Books will be available for purchase at the venue.


Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.

In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein, author of the global bestsellers The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.

Klein exposes the myths that are clouding the climate debate.

We have been told the market will save us, when in fact the addiction to profit and growth is digging us in deeper every day. We have been told it’s impossible to get off fossil fuels when in fact we know exactly how to do it—it just requires breaking every rule in the “free-market” playbook: reining in corporate power, rebuilding local economies, and reclaiming our democracies.

We have also been told that humanity is too greedy and selfish to rise to this challenge. In fact, all around the world, the fight for the next economy and against reckless extraction is already succeeding in ways both surprising and inspiring.

Climate change, Klein argues, is a civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms, and droughts. Confronting it is no longer about changing the light bulbs. It’s about changing the world—before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe. 

Either we leap—or we sink.

Once a decade, Naomi Klein writes a book that redefines its era. No Logo did so for globalization. The Shock Doctrine changed the way we think about austerity. This Changes Everything is about to upend the debate about the stormy era already upon us.

Fri, 11 Mar 2016

7:00 p.m. (PT)

Vogue Theatre
918 Granville Street, Vancouver

SFU Vancouver Speaker Series

The SFU Vancouver Speaker Series brings global experts to a local audience. Launched in 2012, the series builds on SFU’s rich history of community engagement by exploring critical issues to contribute to better understanding among Vancouver’s citizens through an intellectually enriching experience.

The SFU Vancouver Speaker Series is presented by SFU Public Square, in partnership with SFU Vancouver and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and the #1 international bestselling author of seminal books The Shock Doctrine and No Logo. In her new book This Changes Everything and in powerful new talks, she exposes the myths of the climate debate. It’s “the most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring” (New York Times).

Naomi Klein is the author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, which debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list, was named to multiple Best of 2014 lists, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014, won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, and is being translated into over 20 languages.

Klein is also the author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, which is being published in 30 languages and has over a million copies in print. It appeared on multiple ‘best of year’ lists including as a New York Times Critics’ Pick of the Year. Rachel Maddow called The Shock Doctrine, “The only book of the last few years in American publishing that I would describe as a mandatory must-read.” Klein’s first book No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies was also an international bestseller, translated into over 25 languages with more than a million copies in print. The New York Times called it “a movement bible.” In 2011, TIME Magazine named it as one of the Top 100 non-fiction books published since 1923. A collection of her writing, Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate was published in 2002.

The Shock Doctrine was adapted into a short film and feature length documentary. Klein also wrote The Take, an award-winning documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is syndicated internationally by The New York Times Syndicate. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper’s won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Additionally, her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostNewsweekThe Los Angeles TimesThe Globe and MailEl PaisL’Espresso, and The New Statesman, among many other publications. Klein is a member of the board of directors for She is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics. In 2014 she received the International Studies Association’s IPE Outstanding Activist-Scholar award.


Event Recording


SFU Vancouver Speaker Series Events

  • Inequality, Pandemics and Climate Change featuring Richard Wilkinson

    2021, Equity + Justice, Climate + Environment, Series SFU Vancouver Speaker Series

    In this SFU Vancouver Speaker Series lecture, Wilkinson will address how inequality affected the pandemic experience and response, and how we can improve quality of life post-COVID as we face the ultimate challenge of the climate crisis.

    Read More →

  • The Great Derangement featuring Amitav Ghosh

    2019, Series SFU Vancouver Speaker Series, Arts + Culture, Climate + Environment

    Are we deranged? Acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so, given our imaginative failure in the face of global warming.

    Read More →

  • Gwynne Dyer: The Populist Revolt — Its Causes and Cure

    2019, Series SFU Vancouver Speaker Series, Democracy

    In this SFU Vancouver Speaker Series event, journalist, author and historian Gwynne Dyer discusses how both the emotional and financial pain of unemployment have been driving populism in the U.S. and beyond, and how universal basic income could be a solution.

    Read More →

  • The Future of Learning

    Series SFU Vancouver Speaker Series, 2017, Future of Work

    The future of learning is upon us. How well are universities responding to the changing world students face? How relevant are today’s educational programs for tomorrow’s challenges? How can we ensure universities serve the needs of students? How must universities evolve to ensure their approach to educating is contemporary, fulfilling, and relevant?

    Read More →

  • This Changes Everything featuring Naomi Klein

    Series SFU Vancouver Speaker Series, 2016, Climate + Environment, Economy

    Join us for this special evening with Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author.

    Read More →

  • The Rules of Revolt featuring Chris Hedges

    Series SFU Vancouver Speaker Series, Climate + Environment, 2015, Democracy

    In Chris Hedges' vision, the forces that drive the current climate crisis, that drive the planet beyond its carrying capacity and fuel the unfolding extinction event, are the same forces that have invaded and ultimately invalidated our so-called democratic processes. This is a largely unchecked corporate power, driven by a logic of growth and profit-making, that arguably leaves the rest of us little option other than mass disobedience and a grass roots reclaiming of the power of the streets.

    Read More →

  • improv4humans (with The Sunday Service) featuring Matt Besser

    Series SFU Vancouver Speaker Series, Arts + Culture, 2014

    Few names are as synonymous with Improv as Matt Besser. A founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) along with Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts, Besser’s credits include appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Spin City, Frasier, Human Giant, Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother, Reno 911, Key & Peele, Parks & Recreation, & Comedy Bang! Bang!

    Read More →

  • Cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin & Beyond featuring David Andolfatto

    Series SFU Vancouver Speaker Series, 2014, Economy

    Professor David Andolfatto will discuss money, payments, and monetary policy in a world with cryptocurrencies. Following the lecture, Andolfatto will be joined by cryptocurrency commentators Stephen Hui and Michael Yeung for a moderated discussion.

    Read More →

  • Jesse Thorn & His Podcasting Pals (with Graham Clark & Dave Shumka)

    Series SFU Vancouver Speaker Series, Arts + Culture, 2014, Media + Information

    Thorn’s talk will cover how he innovatively turned his college radio show into an independent media powerhouse, and how 12 other people, many of them his friends and colleagues, exemplify the qualities you need to make your independent artistic and career aspirations a reality in the internet age.

    Read More →

  • Gwynne Dyer - Climate Wars

    Series SFU Vancouver Speaker Series, 2013, Climate + Environment

    The lecture “Climate Wars” is based on Dr Dyer's book of the same name. Drawing on interviews with scientists, policy-makers and military strategists in a dozen different countries, it explores the grave geopolitical implications of large-scale (and probably rapid) climate change. Governments are starting to make some calculations that they prefer not to discuss in front of the children.

    Read More →

  • Shabana Azmi: Sex and Sensibility

    Series SFU Vancouver Speaker Series, Equity + Justice, Arts + Culture, Media + Information, 2013

    Shabana Azmi, who is receiving an honorary degree from SFU on June 12, will speak about her life and work in cinema and activism, focusing on the attitudes towards women on screen and in society, a discussion of particular relevance due to the current political climate in India.

    Read More →

  • The Right to Adequate Housing: A Talk by Miloon Kothari

    Series SFU Vancouver Speaker Series, 2012, Cities, Equity + Justice

    The lecture will trace the evolution of the Right to Adequate Housing since the early 1990's concentrating on the work done by civil society campaigns and movements around the world and their influence on the interpretation of this critical human right at the UN human rights bodies. The lecture will also summarize the many obstacles that impede the implementation of this well articulated human right, including the impact of the current economic crisis in many regions of the world.

    Read More →