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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 29, 2001

(Mahwah) – John Stossel of ABC News 20/20 will be the guest speaker at the Ramapo College of New Jersey Business Network presentation Tuesday, November 20. A reception is scheduled at 5 p.m. and the presentation at 6 p.m. in the Pavilion. Business Network presentations are free and the public is welcome.

In his talk, “Freedom and Its Enemies,” Stossel will discuss the benefits of individual freedom and free markets, and what he has learned in his 30-year journey from Portland, Oregon consumer reporter to his current job as ABC’s in-house contrarian. “Liberty,” says Stossel, “is what made America great, yet little by little, Americans are giving up that liberty.” He will go on to discuss:

  • Who are today’s American heroes?
  • Has our fear of technology led us to reject the very freedom that has lifted more people out of poverty than any society anywhere, ever?
  • Might safety regulations actually injure more people than they protect?
  • Why does the media ceaselessly hype unrealistic fears? Every day newspapers and television warn us of new, unsuspected dangers – from asbestos to cyclamates to the Audi 500. Stossel compares those risks to life’s real risks.

Stossel joined ABC newsmagazine 20/20 in 1981. He began doing one-hour primetime specials in 1994. His first special, “Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?,” examined exaggerated fears over risks such as crime and pollution. It was followed by “The Blame Game,” which looked at Americans’ growing tendency to blame their misfortunes on others. Other specials have looked at bogus lawsuits, gender differences, the mechanics of mating and the science behind happiness.

The specials, which have consistently rated among the top news programs when broadcast, have earned Stossel uncommon praise: “the most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time” (Dallas Morning News) and “has the gift for entertaining while saying something profound” (Orlando Sentinel).

Recently Stossel reported for 20/20 on a case of alleged sexual misconduct at Brown University, on teens who suffer from Tourette’s syndrome, and on why many Americans younger than 35 believe that the Social Security system will not exist when they face retirement.

Stossel is the recipient of 19 Emmy Awards and was honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. Among his other awards are the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award.

For more information on Stossel’s presentation or on the Ramapo College Business Network, please call Dr. Ron Kase, (201) 684-7287.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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