OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Speaker to address environmental justice, “Earth Democracy”

10/06/2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Vandana Shiva, a physicist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer, and science policy advocate, will speak at Oregon State University on Friday, Oct. 23, in LaSells Stewart Center. 

Shiva’s speech, which begins at 7 p.m., is in conjunction with OSU’s symposium, “Earth Democracy: Women, Justice, and Ecology.” It explores the intersection of environmental justice and women’s lives.

Her presentation and all symposium sessions are free and open to the public. Symposium sessions happen from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the same day.

Shiva is the director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy. She was the recipient of the 1993 Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.” She has authored many books, including “The Violence of the Green Revolution,” “Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge” and “Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in Age of Climate Crisis.”

The basis for the idea of Earth Democracy, according to Shiva, comes from a very ancient category in Indian thought. “In India we talk about ‘vasudhaiva kutumbkam,’ which means the earth family,” she said. “Indian cosmology has never separated the human from the non-human — we are a continuum.”

Shiva’s visit is sponsored by The Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word, as well as the Hundere Endowment for Religion and Culture, the Horning Endowment, and the Student Sustainability Initiative.

The full schedule for the conference can be found at: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu

For more information, contact Charles Goodrich, program director for the Spring Creek Project, Charles.Goodrich@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-6198.