Sandra Steingraber links environmental factors with reproductive health
(Feb. 1, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—Ecologist, author and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber is an internationally recognized expert on the environmental links between cancer and reproductive health. She will give a talk titled “Contaminated Without Consent: A Human Rights Approach to the Environment” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The second Fisher Center lecture of the spring semester, this event is free and open to the public.
Steingraber is an eminent biologist as well as a cancer survivor and mother, and she utilizes these different filters to bridge the gap between science and activism. Her highly sought-after lectures are “an intricate weaving of scientific data, personal stories and an intensely lyrical style.”
Steingraber has been named Ms. magazine’s 1997 Woman of the Year, and she has been interviewed in the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on National Public Radio, “The Today Show,” and “Now with Bill Moyers.” She has also written two full-length books, “Living Downstream” and “Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood.” Both explore the intimate ecology of the environment and its effects.
Currently a distinguished visiting scholar at Ithaca College, Steingraber has also been on the faculty at Cornell University, a fellow at the University of Illinois and worked with the National Action Plan on Breast Cancer. Her keynote addresses are legendary across North America, and she has given talks at Harvard, Yale, Cornell and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
Founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues.