OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Satirist, critic of business corporations to speak at OSU

03/02/1998

CORVALLIS - Michael Moore, whose satirical films attacking corporate business practices have made him a working class hero, will give a free public lecture on Friday, March 6, at Oregon State University.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center, 26th and Western in Corvallis. Moore's appearance is sponsored by the OSU Convocations and Lectures Committee.

Moore first received national and international recognition 1989 when he released "Roger and Me," a satire about his quest to convince General Motors chairman Roger Smith to visit Flint, Mich., and witness the devastation caused by General Motor plant shutdowns. The film became the highest grossing documentary of all time.

In 1996, he wrote "Downsize This: Random Threats from an Unarmed American," a satirical look at the world of corporate welfare and massive worker layoffs.

His newest film, "The Big One," documents his book tour for "Downsize This."

Moore also hosted the groundbreaking, but short-lived television news magazine "TV Nation," which was acclaimed for its biting satire and social commentary.

Moore grew up in Flint, where his father and most of his relatives worked in General Motors factories. He, on the other hand, quit on his first day of work at a Buick plant. He now lives in New York with his wife.

Moore will sign copies of his book after the lecture. His talk will be interpreted for the hearing impaired.