Leonard: "The Story of Stuff"

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Photo of social critic Annie Leonard

Social critic Annie Leonard has analyzed the materials economy, the national debt, the cosmetics industry, bottled water industry and more.

Social critic, filmmaker and author Annie Leonard will present 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in Ritsche Auditorium.

Leonard is best known as creator of the 20-minute animated documentary "The Story of Stuff," and a companion book of the same name.

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A proponent of sustainability and critic of excessive consumerism, Leonard has analyzed the social and environmental costs of America's obsession with material goods.

In particular, she has researched how the materials economy -- extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal -- is breaking down. Among its problems, Leonard says, are shrinking pools of natural resources and rising piles of waste products.

Leonard argues America's industrial and economic systems should serve, rather than undermine, ecological sustainability and social equity.

She will screen "The Story of Stuff" at her public presentation. The film won a Telly Award, a South By Southwest Web Award and a Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Network Award.

Tickets are $5 or $2 with a gently used winter clothing donation to Anna Marie's Alliance, St. Cloud. Students, staff and faculty are free with an SCSU ID. Children 11 and younger are free. Tickets are online at

Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp.

The event is managed by University Program Board, St. Cloud State's student-run provider of entertainment and education. UPB is co-sponsoring the event with Advocates for Animals and the Environment, a St. Cloud State student organization.

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