World-Renowned Environmental Leader to Speak at Public Policy Lecture at MCLA


NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host environmental leader Vandana Shiva, director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology and Ecology, in a Public Policy Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center.

Born in India, Shiva is a leader in the International Forum on Globalization, along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin. She has addressed the World Trade Organization summit in Seattle, Wash., as well as the recent World Economic Forum in Melbourne, Australia.

The founder of Navdanya "nine seeds," a movement promoting diversity and use of native seeds, she also set up the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in her mother's cowshed in 1997. Its studies have validated the ecological value of traditional farming and been instrumental in fighting destructive development projects in India. 

Made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust, the event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

According to John DeRosa, trustee of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust, it is important that students have the opportunity to consider solutions to some of the most critical problems posed by the effects of globalization and climate change. 

"An advisor to governments in India and abroad, Vandana Shiva brings attention to the deep-seated connection between human rights and the protection of the environment," DeRosa said. "We are pleased to bring this world-renowned environmental leader to MCLA, and I encourage the public to join us in this important discussion."

Before becoming an activist, Shiva was one of India's leading physicists. She holds a master's degree in the philosophy of science and a Ph.D. in particle physics.

Time magazine recognized Shiva as an environmental hero, and Asia Week called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia. Shiva is a recipient of the Global 500 Award of the United Nations and Earth Day International Award. She has also received the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize," and is a member of the Order of the Golden Ark.

Shiva is the author of many books, including "Water Wars: Pollution, Profits, and Privatization," "Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge," "Monocultures of the Mind," "The Violence of the Green Revolution," and "Staying Alive." 

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