... is scheduled
as the guest speaker for the 196th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene
on October 18, 2010.
Presley on "Standing Up to Experts and Authorities: How to Avoid Being
Intimidated, Manipulated, and Abused"
Sharon will discuss her latest book, Standing
Up to Experts and Authorities: How to Avoid Being Intimidated, Manipulated
This book looks at specific settings
in which authorities or experts can bamboozle people, including institutions
(e.g., schools, bureaucracies), the workplace (e.g., dealing with bosses,
evaluations, and raises), media (e.g., news programs, magazines, self-help
books), and services (e.g., medical care, lawyers, customer service, contractors,
psychologists). It explores how to stand up for your rights and the rights
of others with the police and other government agencies.
"I love this book. I wish
I would have written this book. This is skepticism for the real world,
an introduction on how to think, a manual for the survival of the human
Sharon Presley is the Ralph Nader of bad ideas, the consumer advocate of
bogus claims and phony experts."
-- Michael Shermer, author of Why
People Believe Weird Things.
"A sensible, practical, easy-to-read
book that could literally save your career, your sanity, or even your life….
Sharon Presley shows us how to think for ourselves and to protect our rights
in difficult and even life-threatening situations when dealing with authorities
-- Peter R. Breggin, MD, author of Medication
Madness and Talking
Back to Prozac.
Dr. Sharon Presley has a Ph.D. in social
psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center.
Her mentor was Dr. Stanley Milgram, author of the classic study, Obedience
Authority. Her Ph.D. dissertation was a study of political resisters
She has taught at California State
University, East Bay in Hayward. Her research specialties are obedience
and resistance to authority, women resisters to authority, and gender issues.
Dr. Presley is the co-editor of Exquisite
Rebel: The Essays of Voltairine de Cleyre, which won an American Library
Association Choice award for Outstanding Academic Title 2005.
We expect copies of the book to be
available for purchase and signing.
Sharon Presley's website: SharonPresley.com.