Thursday, April 1
7:00pm, C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union
Sustainability and the Global Food Crisis
with Dr. Vandana Shiva
Biodiversity and Conservation Activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva, will deliver a public lecture entitled “Sustainability and the Global Food Crisis” at 7:00pm on April 1, 2010.
Dr. Vandana Shiva, 1993 recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the “Alternative Nobel Peace Prize”), can be described as an eco-feminist and environmental activist. Hailing from the Dehradun Valley of India, the daughter of a forest conservator and farmer, Vandana Shiva grew up with a love and appreciation for nature and a particular interest in the protection of her own backyard—the foothills of the Himalayas.
A trained physicist (Ph.D. Physics, University of Western Ontario), Dr. Shiva shifted her focus from Quantum Theory to an interdisciplinary study of the intersection of science, technology and the environment, and has been a leader in the conservation movement since the 1970s. In 1991, she founded a national movement to protect India’s biodiversity and promote organic farming and fair trade.
She has authored several books, including Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace and Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed. Much of her recent work deals with the economic and environmental influence of agricultural practices on developing countries. Dr. Shiva currently serves on a variety of councils and committees that deal with issues of food, the environment, and social justice.
Dr. Shiva’s lecture will be followed by a short Q&A and book signing. Copies of “Stolen Harvest” and “Soil Not Oil” will be available for purchase.
Sponsored by the Dean Rusk International Studies Program, the Office of Sustainability, the Economics Department, and the Public Lectures Committee.