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Fisher Center Announces Spring Speakers

Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ center for the study of women and men welcomes four visiting speakers
GENEVA, N.Y.— Environmental health concerns, including cancer-causing pollutants, toxins used during war and the issue of food security, are a few of the topics to be discussed during the Fisher Center Lecture Series this spring.

The series kicks off its spring semester of offerings on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with Barbara Allen, who will present “Environmental Justice, Environmental Health: Women's Voices from Cancer Alley.” Allen is the director of the Science, Technology and Society program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She will discuss Louisiana’s petrochemical corridor, often called Cancer Alley, highlighting the role of women activists and scientists on issues of public and environmental health in this heavily polluted region.

The series’ second speaker is Sandra Steingraber, who presents “Contaminated Without Consent: A Human Rights Approach to the Environment” on Wednesday, Feb. 16. An ecologist, author and cancer survivor, Steingraber is an internationally recognized expert on the environmental links between cancer and reproductive health. Currently an interdisciplinary distinguished visiting scholar at Ithaca College, she has worked with the National Action Plan on Breast Cancer, a project of the United States Department of Health and Human Services initiated by President Bill Clinton.

Robert Nixon joins the series as the third speaker, presenting “What Is a War Casualty?” on Wednesday, April 6. Nixon, a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will explore the hidden human costs of so-called “smart” wars, namely the casualties exacted in a slow, toxic, post-war environment. Committed to the study of public culture, Nixon is interested in comparative environmental studies, with a focus on environmental issues in developing societies. He publishes frequently in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times and The Village Voice.

The spring series concludes with a discussion led by physicist Vandana Shiva on Tuesday, April 26. Shiva’s talk will touch upon ecofeminism, biodiversity conservation, aquaculture, sustainable agriculture and food security. In 1982, Shiva founded The Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun, India.

The talks, which take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, are free and open to the public.