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... is scheduled as the guest speaker for the 196th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to convene on October 18, 2010.


     Sharon 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 and Abused

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 race. 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 and experts"

                    -- Peter R. Breggin, MD, author of Medication Madness and Talking Back to Prozac.

     About the Speaker:

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 to Authority. Her Ph.D. dissertation was a study of political resisters to authority. 

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.

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