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Dr. Vandana Shiva, one of the world’s foremost ecofeminist scholars and activists, will present a keynote address for UMD’s Women’s History Month celebration on Tuesday, April 8 at 6 pm in the Kirby Ballroom.
In her lecture, “Making Peace with the Earth,” Dr. Shiva will be making the argument that wars against the earth become wars against people, and that sustainable use of resources is the way toward peace and justice.
Students, faculty and staff in the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Department are looking forward to Shiva's visit. "Vandana Shiva has been at the forefront of the ecofeminist movement," said Beth Bartlett, a professor in the department. "She links the important issues of the environment and sustainability with the freedom and empowerment of women, animals, farmers, and colonized peoples."
The lecture is to be free and open to the public.
ABOUT VANDANA SHIVA
The founder of Navdanya, a national movement in India to promote the protection of native seed, organic farming, and fair trade practices, Dr. Shiva has also authored more than 20 books, including Staying Alive; Ecofeminism; Soil not Oil; Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace; and her most recent Making Peace with the Earth. She has served on several governmental and international advisory committees, including the Women’s Environment and Development Organization. Vandana serves on the boards of many organizations, including the World Future Council, the International Forum on Globalization and Slow Food International. Trained as a physicist, she received her Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
She is the recipient of the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award), the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Global 500 Award, the John Lennon Yoko Ono Grant For Peace, and the Sydney Peace Prize for her commitment to social justice.
Forbes magazine has called Dr. Vandana Shiva one of the top seven most powerful women on the planet. Time magazine identified Vandana Shiva as an environmental “hero” and Asia Week called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia.
Women’s History Month Sponsors include: Alta Oben; The Asian Pacific American Student Association; The Asian/Pacific American Student Program; The Center for Ethics and Public Policy; The College of Liberal Arts; The Commission on Women; The Duluth YWCA; The Geography, Urban, Environmental & Sustainability Department; The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group; The Political Science Department; The Royal D. Alworth, Jr Institute for International Studies; The Swenson College of Science & Engineering; The University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth; the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Department; and the Women’s Resource and Action Center.
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Written by Zach Lunderberg, March 2014.
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