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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: March 23, 2000

Writer to Offer Radical
Take on Root of Warfare

Author Barbara Ehrenreich will share her theory on the origins of war at noon, Thursday, March 23 at California State University, Sacramento. She will talk about her most recent book Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War in the University Union Redwood Room.

Ehrenreich's talk will focus on her revolutionary assertion that the root of human warfare is not the need to hunt, but the fear of being hunted. Rejecting the concept of "killer instinct," she proposes that war is based in blood rituals performed to reenact human experiences, not as predator, but as prey.

Ehrenreich's eight previous books include Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of Middle Class, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Award in 1989. She is an essayist for Time and has written for The Nation, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, Esquire, Harper's and The Wall Street Journal. She also has been featured on numerous television and radio programs including Today, Nightline, Crossfire and All Things Considered.

More information is available at (916) 278-6618.


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