University of South Carolina

University to host filmmaker, ‘Affluenza’ author

Documentary filmmaker and social activist John de Graaf will be a featured guest speaker at the University of South Carolina Wednesday, Feb. 17.

De Graaf’s talk is titled, “What’s an Economy for Anyway?” and will take place at 6 p.m. in Gambrell Hall auditorium. Sponsored by the Arnold School of Public Health and the Darla Moore School of Business, the talk is free and open to the public. A reception is planned after the talk.

A frequent commentator on the impact of overconsumption, stress and lifestyle on public-health outcomes in the United States, De Graaf is the national coordinator of Take Back Your Time, a non-profit organization that challenges time poverty and overwork in the United States and Canada.

He also is the co-author of the best-selling book, “Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic,” a humorous critique of American consumerism, and has worked for 26 years with Seattle PBS affiliate KCTS-TV as an independent producer of television documentaries, many on environmental topics. Fifteen of his documentaries have aired on PBS during prime time, and he has won more than 100 awards for filmmaking, including three Emmy awards.

He recently completed three new documentary films: “Silent Killer: The Unfinished Campaign against Hunger”; “Buyer, Be Fair: The Promise Of Product Certification”; and “The Motherhood Manifesto.”

The founder of the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival, de Graaf is the former president of the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Network and the recipient of the Founders of a New Northwest Award for his work in environmental media. The de Graaf Environmental Filmmaking Award, named in his honor, is presented annually at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City, Calif.

For information, contact Dr. David Crockett in the Darla Moore School of Business at 803-777-4916 or via e-mail at

'What’s an Economy for Anyways?'

  • What: Lecture
  • Who: Documentary filmmaker and social activist John de Graaf
  • When: 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17
  • Where: Gambrell Hall auditorium

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Posted: 01/28/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 02/16/10 @ 12:33 PM | Permalink