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An Evening with Vandana Shiva7:00pm - 9:00pmWait Chapel
Challenges & Realities of Feeding the World
Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a physicist at the University of Punjab, and completed her Ph.D. on the Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She later shifted to interdisciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India.
In 1982, she founded an independent institute – the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun – dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, working in close partnership with local communities and social movements. In 1991 she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially native seed – and to promote organic farming and fair trade.
Dr. Shiva combines sharp intellectual inquiry with courageous activism, and her work spans teaching at universities worldwide to working with peasants in rural India. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental ‘hero’ in 2003. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe.
Dr. Shiva’s contributions to gender issues are nationally and internationally recognized. Her book Staying Alive dramatically shifts popular perceptions of Third World women. She founded the gender unit at the International Centre for Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, and was a founding Board Member of the Women Environment and Development Organization (WEDO).
This keynote lecture is co-sponsored by the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative, WFU Office of Sustainability; the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability; Department of Biology; Department of Chemistry; Pro Humanitate Institute; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. It is free and open to the public.
“An Evening with Vandana Shiva” is part of the “Make Every Bite Count” speaker series. Our current farming methods affect more than just the produce and livestock that we grow. Sustainable agricultural practices can help us mitigate the impacts of a changing climate, adapt to an altered environment and increase our resilience as a species. But, the question remains, can sustainable agriculture feed the world? This provocative series investigates the foods that are central to our diets: who grows them, how they are grown, and what challenges and opportunities this holds for local, regional, and global food supplies.
- Fred Bahnson | Director, Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative