Investigative author Edwin Black to speak at Pierce Fort Steilacoom

Author Edwin Black

New York Times bestselling author Edwin Black will deliver three lectures at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom on Wednesday, Oct. 17. With a million books in print, Black’s work focuses on genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, and historical investigation. His work has been submitted nine times for Pulitzer Prize nomination, and in recent years he has been the recipient of a series of top editorial awards.

All of the Black’s lectures listed below will be in the Student Activities Center, Room 420 of the Cascade Building at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Dr. SW, Lakewood. They are free and open to all.

• 9 a.m. – War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America’s Campaign to Create a Master Race

Black will discuss how American corporate philanthropies launched a national campaign of ethnic cleansing in the United States that left some 60,000 Americans sterilized under laws in 27 states.

• 10 a.m. – IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation 

Black will discuss IBM’s conscious co-planning and co-organizing of the Holocaust for the Nazis, all micromanaged by its president Thomas J. Watson. Black’s research exposes how IBM and its subsidiaries helped create enabling technologies for the Nazis.

• 11 a.m. – Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives 

Black traces the history of energy cartels and special interests dating back nearly 5,000 years, and brings the story full circle to the present-day oil crises, global warming, and beyond.

Black is the featured guest in the Roland Weis History Series, an annual event that welcomes nationally known speakers on historic topics to Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. For more information, contact Randy Leifson at (253) 964-6374 or


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *