‘Yes Men’ hoaxsters to appear at CU on Feb. 1

The Yes Men stages hoaxes to "fix the world." This sendup of an oil-company marketing campaign is a recent example.

The University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs Athenaeum Series will host a free public event, “The Yes Men: Fixing the World One Hoax at a Time” with sociopolitical satirists Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno of The Yes Men on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in the University Memorial Center Ballroom.

The Yes Men raise awareness of social and political issues through large-scale hoaxes that often include impersonation of corporate and government representatives, as well as the creation of mock websites and press releases.

They have produced two films documenting their work: “The Yes Men” and “The Yes Men Fix the World,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

The CWA Athenaeum Series is a student-run offshoot of the Conference on World Affairs.  The program brings acclaimed speakers and performers to campus to interact with CU students in classes throughout the academic year.

A typical Athenaeum program also includes a public event, which is free and open to all. Past visitors have included Sister Helen Prejean, Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Susan Faludi, and Richard Rodriguez.

The Sixty-third Annual Conference on World Affairs will take place April 4-8, 2011. All Conference sessions are free and open to the public.

Jan. 20, 2011

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