Women's History Month 2014
Vandana Shiva was our keynote speaker for Women’s History Month, and we shared a wonderful day and a half with her.
Dr. Shiva spoke with students in Ecofeminism and Transnational Feminism about seeds. What a tremendous opportunity for the students. She later gave her lecture, “Making Peace with the Earth,” to a standing-room only audience of well over 500 people. Dr. Shiva, by her own telling, spoke from her heart, but also from an incredible storehouse of knowledge about her concerns for the earth, seeds, water, people she loves, that are threatened by corporate practices, priorities, and globalization. She moved people by her words and wisdom, but also by her humble and gracious manner, and her smile that warmed the hearts of all who heard and saw her.
The audience was filled with students, faculty and staff from across campus, and many returning alumni, but at least half of the people there came from the community, many of whom mentioned to me how very grateful they were that we had brought Vandana Shiva here. They welcomed her with a standing ovation, which they repeated at the end of her lecture. It was such a wonderful coming-together of feminists, food activists, farmers, environmentalists, and people working for peace (not that any of these are mutually exclusive.) Certainly the highlight of the year, and one of the high points of my thirty plus years at UMD.
Note: For those unable to attend, Vandana Shiva’s lecture is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ic6lj0SSew
Or search for “Making Peace with the Earth” at UMD on You Tube.
Stay Tuned for next year's Women's History Month theme and events!