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Bethlehem, Pa., September 30, 2010 - TIME magazine calls her a hero for our times ("Heroes for the Green Century.") Her opponents have called her a "Green Killer" (Times of India, Sept. 22, 2002). On October 12 at 7:30 p.m., the internationally known scientist, environmental activist, eco-feminist philosopher, and author Vandana Shiva will speak about "Earth Democracy: Human Freedom and a Fragile Planet" in Prosser Auditorium. The event is open to the public and admission is free of charge.
Born in Dehra Dun, India, Shiva obtained her Ph.D. in particle physics in 1979 from the University of Western Ontario, then returned to India to do research in science, technology and environmental policy in Bangalore. In 1982 she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology, which gave birth to Navdanya--a women-centered movement for cultural and biological diversity that has trained 500,000 farmers in sustainable agriculture. Through her books and lectures, she exposes the "biopiracy" of multinational corporations and international trade bureaucracies that have been privatizing common resources, such as water and seeds.
Shiva has received numerous awards (including the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize") for her work on behalf of traditional farmers, women in third world countries, and the environment. This November, she will travel to Sydney, Australia, to receive the 2010 Sydney Peace Prize "for her commitment to social justice" and for "her work on the empowerment of women in developing countries, her advocacy of the human rights of small farming communities, and her scientific analysis of environmental sustainability."
Shiva is the College's fifth Peace and Justice Scholar. At least five Moravian faculty members use her book Earth Democracy in the classroom. "We've been trying to get her to campus to speak for more than a year," said Don St. John, professor of religion and a member of the Peace and Justice steering committee, which is co-sponsoring the lecture. "She is in great demand. But we worked at it, and she finally agreed to come to Moravian this fall."
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Peace and Justice Studies Initiative at Moravian College, Arts and Lectures committee, Moravian Theological Seminary, the Office for Institutional Diversity/Multicultural Affairs, the International Studies Center for Leadership and Service, Moravian College Environmental Sciences and Studies Program, Moravian College Student Government, and the Office of the President.
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