WC Turck is an expert in international politics, human rights, particularly nationalism and genocide. He is an activist, playwright, author and broadcaster with Revolution and Beer, which discusses and champions grassroots and citizen activist movements, talking issues over great craft beer.
Turck brings a unique and deeply personal perspective to issues of genocide and racism, based upon his experiences living through the siege of Sarajevo Bosnia and as a relief organizer during the Rwandan Genocide. Exploring those perspectives was a narrative of his 2009 war memoir, "Everything for Love." He currently is the writer/producer of the new play "The People's Republic of Edward Snowden."
Price Range: $250
Gig Length: 15 - 60 minutes
What to Expect
An uplifting and empower speech about the human heart, the things that bind us and the ways to avoid those things that separate us. there will be laughter, tears, passion and enlightenment, and the tools to build a stronger community celebrating human diversity and individuality. I prefer and will provoke conversation with the audience.
My third e-novel "Burn down the Sky," is based on my very real experiences on the front lines of the so-called war on terror. It is not a polemic, but a search for truths and perspectives in avoiding what all too often seems like inescapable fate. Perspectives must be a tool rather than a trap. The trap becomes when our perspectives are limited or narrow, and that, often, is a choice we make, or a choice we fail to recognize.
Rwanda, Bosnia, Sudan, Palestine, the Holocaust, racism in America. What binds all of these? That has been the life's work for author, activist, broadcaster and playwright WC Turck. growing up amid the civil rights movement and visiting the Pine Ridge reservation during the "uprising" during the mid 1970s, witnessing the war in Bosnia and organizing relief for Rwanda during the genocide, those momentous events have informed his work for better than two decades.
Turck is the author of three novels. His first, "Broken, one soldier's unexpected journey home," was recommended by the National Organization of Mental Health Institutes for its treatment of PTSD. His second book, "Everything for Love," a memoir of his experiences in the Bosnian conflict brings a wholly unique human explanation for the conflict. An expert in Balkan history and culture, Turck studied nationalism and genocide, looking for a simple, single framework, like a physicist seeking a simple explanation to the laws governing the universe. he defines a simple template common to all nationalist movement; an idealized culture, victimized demographic, an external enemy and an internal betrayer. His theory on what drives nationalism and leads all to tragically to genocide far too often is far more personal. That is, that as people we fall into the trap of subdividing the world down to smaller parts as a means of creating self-value, rather than multiplying ourselves into the world, erasing boundaries and drawing stronger bounds to one another.
His third e-novel "Burn down the Sky," is based on my very real experiences on the front lines of the so-called war on terror. It is not a polemic, but a search for truths and perspectives in avoiding what all too often seems like inescapable fate. Perspectives must be a tool rather than a trap. The trap becomes when perspectives are limited or narrow, and that, often, is a choice we make, or a choice we fail to recognize.
Back in 1999, after returning from the Balkans amid the Kosovo war, Turck was asked by a teacher during a speech on genocide at Western Illinois University what one person could do? His answer was simple, Jesus, Dr. King, Mandela were all one person. Be one person.
Turck is currently the cohost of the popular public access TV show in Chicago, Revolution and Beer, and (link hidden) discussing issues over great craft beer. While an ardent supporter of the Occupy movement he wrote and produced the play "Occupy my Heart, a revolutionary Christmas Carol," which drew standing room audiences and which received national attention. His latest play, "The People's Republic of Edward Snowden," which debuts in September, takes an irreverent look at the NSA, freedom and privacy.
Additional Booking Notes
Keep it simple. It is, after all, about the discourse.
Influences & Inspiration
Back in 1999, after returning from the Balkans amid the Kosovo war, I was asked by a teacher during a speech on genocide at Western Illinois University what one person could do? My answer was simple, Jesus, Dr. King, Mandela were all one person. Be one person.
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