Eric Schlosser

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  • Renowned Investigative Journalist and Documentary Filmmaker
  • New York Times Best-Selling Author of 'Fast Food Nation'
  • Finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in History


Eric Schlosser is a writer and filmmaker whose work explores subjects too often ignored by the mainstream media, shedding light on worlds that have been deliberately hidden. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Fast Food Nation (2001), Reefer Madness (2003), and Command and Control (2013).

Fast Food Nation helped to start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. Reefer Madness exposed the absurdity and injustices of the war on drugs, while revealing the exploitation of undocumented immigrants and the vast fortunes earned in America’s underground economy. Command and Control explored the effort, since the dawn of the atomic age, to prevent nuclear weapons from being stolen, sabotaged, or detonated by accident. It was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in History.

Schlosser has also helped to produce a number of films, including Fast Food Nation (2006), directed by Richard Linklater; There Will Be Blood (2007), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson; Food, Inc., (2008), directed by Robert Kenner; and Food Chains (2014), co-produced with Eva Longoria and directed by Sanjay Rawal. Schlosser was the co-creator and co-director of the bomb (2016), a multimedia installation staged at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, and the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo. 

He has lectured at universities throughout the United States and spoken at the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Parliaments of the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Norway, as well as at the United Nations. Schlosser is currently at work on a book about the American prison system.

 

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Covid 19 and the Food System

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the flaws, injustices and fragility of America’s food system. But the pandemic has also created an opportunity to build a system that is more sustainable, resilient, and compassionate. ...

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the flaws, injustices and fragility of America’s food system. But the pandemic has also created an opportunity to build a system that is more sustainable, resilient, and compassionate.

The Hands That Feed Us

Farmworkers, meatpacking workers, and restaurant workers are the foundation of our food economy—but they are also among the poorest, most exploited, most likely to be undocumented workers in the country. If you eat, you are connected to these men and women with every bite. ...

Farmworkers, meatpacking workers, and restaurant workers are the foundation of our food economy—but they are also among the poorest, most exploited, most likely to be undocumented workers in the country. If you eat, you are connected to these men and women with every bite.

The Bomb, and Why We Must Remember It

Right now the world faces three great existential threats: climate change, viral pandemics, and nuclear weapons. Of the three, nuclear weapons pose by far the greatest immediate danger yet receive the least attention--a fact that only increases the threat. ...

Right now the world faces three great existential threats: climate change, viral pandemics, and nuclear weapons. Of the three, nuclear weapons pose by far the greatest immediate danger yet receive the least attention--a fact that only increases the threat.

The Longest War

Since Ronald Reagan declared the War on Drugs in 1982, millions of Americans have been arrested and imprisoned for non-violent drug crimes—and yet today illegal drugs are less expensive and more readily available than forty years ago. As the sale of cannabis becomes socially acceptable and widely le ...

Since Ronald Reagan declared the War on Drugs in 1982, millions of Americans have been arrested and imprisoned for non-violent drug crimes—and yet today illegal drugs are less expensive and more readily available than forty years ago. As the sale of cannabis becomes socially acceptable and widely legalized, we urgently need to end the drug war and rethink how we treat people who abuse drugs.

The Risks of Complex Tech

Nuclear weapons, commercial airliners, driverless cars—all three are machines that can go wrong in unexpected ways.  As the world grows more and more dependent on complex technological systems, we must keep in mind the flaws inherent in them and maintain a sense of humility about them.   In this tal ...

Nuclear weapons, commercial airliners, driverless cars—all three are machines that can go wrong in unexpected ways.  As the world grows more and more dependent on complex technological systems, we must keep in mind the flaws inherent in them and maintain a sense of humility about them.   In this talk, Schlosser highlights that everything we create is imperfect, often in hidden ways, with potentially catastrophic consequences that need to be managed.

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Eric Schlosser is a writer and filmmaker whose work explores subjects too often ignored by the mainstream media, shedding light on worlds that have been deliberately hidden. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Fast Food Nation (2001), Reefer Madness (2003), and Command and Control (2013).

Fast Food Nation helped to start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. Reefer Madness exposed the absurdity and injustices of the war on drugs, while revealing the exploitation of undocumented immigrants and the vast fortunes earned in America’s underground economy. Command and Control explored the effort, since the dawn of the atomic age, to prevent nuclear weapons from being stolen, sabotaged, or detonated by accident. It was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in History.

Schlosser has also helped to produce a number of films, including Fast Food Nation (2006), directed by Richard Linklater; There Will Be Blood (2007), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson; Food, Inc., (2008), directed by Robert Kenner; and Food Chains (2014), co-produced with Eva Longoria and directed by Sanjay Rawal. Schlosser was the co-creator and co-director of the bomb (2016), a multimedia installation staged at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, and the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies in Oslo. 

He has lectured at universities throughout the United States and spoken at the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Parliaments of the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Norway, as well as at the United Nations. Schlosser is currently at work on a book about the American prison system.