Pigstock features Pulitzer Prize winner


Two internationally known journalists will travel to Paul and Trudi Schaefer's Windbeam Farm Saturday for Pigstock, a daylong gathering for peace.

"This is an opportunity for people to get a different aspect on issues that seem to be contentious. Both sides need to be known," said organizer Bill Habedank of Red Wing.

Habedank sought out the "pinnacle" speakers of the seventh annual event through the Internet. A scheduled book tour made the engagement possible.

Keynote speaker Chris Hedges, 52, of New Jersey, served as a foreign correspondent in more than 50 countries and worked for 15 years as a reporter with the New York Times. He speaks four languages and was a war correspondent in Bosnia and Kosovo and also covered terrorism while based in Paris.

In 2002, Hedges won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. His newest book is "Empire of Illusion."

Helen Benedict, a novelist and professor of journalism at Columbia University in New York, specializes in the Iraq war and women's issues. Her book "The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq," was published in April.

Benedict will be a member of a 10:30 a.m. panel led by Gulf War veteran Chante Wolf and members of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Benedict plans to be at the event all day.

Hedges will speak at 1:30 p.m. Then he will join a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. with former FBI Sept. 11 whistle-blower Coleen Rowley, Electronic Iraq and Lebanon co-founder Nigel Parry, and writer and activist Jeff Nygaard.

Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Junkyard Empire, a jazz, alternative rock and hip-hop band; Nigel Parry's band Pocket of Resistance; Roger Culbertson and Jo Schubert of the Twin Cities, and Bill McGrath of Northfield, Minn., will perform.

Sometime during the night, Habedank will sing a new campfire peace song he penned the lyrics for, set to the music "The Wings."

He said "If you're curious about what a peace event is," this is a good opportunity to find out. "We're not crazy people."

The event runs from 9 a.m. until the evening campfire burns out at N2934 750th St., a former pig farm. Primitive camping will be available both Friday and Saturday.

Advance tickets are $25, $40 for couples; or $30 and $50 at the door; $10 for students; children may enter free. No one will be refused entry for inability to pay.

The event is sponsored by Red Wing Veterans for Peace, Chapter 115. The authors' books will be available for purchase.

For information, contact Habedank, (651) 388-7733, habedank@charter.net; Paul Schaefer (715) 792-5127; or David Harris (651) 388-5863, or visit the Web site www.pigstockwi.com.