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Lappé to speak at RIT

Frances Moore Lappé will speak on “Hope is Not for Wimps: Finding the Courage to Push Democracy’s Edge,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in Webb Auditorium of the Booth Building at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester.

Her appearance is part of Global Engagements: A New Lecture and Performance Series Organized by the Faculty of RIT’s College of Liberal Arts and Supported by the Caroline Werner Gannett Endowment in the Humanities.

Lappé will also appear in an informal colloquium from 4 to 5 p.m. that same day in the college’s Eastman Building 01-2000.

Lappé is an internationally influential author and activist who has written 15 books and is, in Cornell West’s phrase, “a pioneer in democratic thought and action.”

In 1971, she helped to mobilize interest in vegetarianism and whole foods with her best-selling book, “Diet for a Small Planet,” which examined the problem of world hunger in terms of misguided assumptions about agriculture and nutrition. She then became a leading advocate for new ways of addressing global problems, co-founding the organizations Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as “Food First” ( and the Small Planet Institute (

She interviewed visionaries including Nobel prizewinner Dr. Wangari Maathai P’94, P’96, Sc.D.’94, and Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus in the book she wrote with her daughter Anna, “Hope’s Edge,” which Jane Goodall called “Absolutely one of the most important books as we enter the 21st century.”

Lappé’s new book is titled “Democracy’s Edge: Choosing to Save Our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life.”