Vandana Shiva will be the final speaker of the Fisher Center's spring lecture series, “Rights, Health & Globalization.”
(April 18, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.–Physicist, ecologist, activist and author Vandana Shiva will give the final lecture of the spring 2005 Fisher Center lecture series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Shiva will present “Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Shiva's talk, which is co-sponsored by the Progressive Student Union, will touch upon ecofeminism, biodiversity conservation, aquaculture, sustainable agriculture and food security. The presentation will be free and open to the public.
Born to a farmer and a conservator of forests, Shiva encourages everyone to act locally while considering the global roots of social and environmental problems, and she has lived her life by this motto. Recognized internationally for her leadership and research, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, a group dedicated to high quality independent research to address significant ecological and social issues.
The physicist and researcher is a fierce critic of globalization and has served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad. Shiva has also worked with many non-governmental organizations, such as the International Forum on Globalization, Women's Environment and Development Organization and Third World Network.
Shiva is a strong supporter of ecofeminism, setting up support systems for female farmers in India and writing “Staying Alive,” which dramatically shifted the popular perception of Third World women. She founded an international movement of women working for food, agriculture, patents and biotechnology called Diverse Women for Diversity. Shiva also works with movements against genetic engineering in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria.
Shiva has been a visiting professor at several institutions, including the University of Oslo in Norway, Schumacher College in the United Kingdom and Mount Holyoke College in the United States. In addition, Shiva is the author of more than 11 books, many of which are available at the Hobart and William Smith Colleges College Store.
Founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men was established at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1998 in an effort to bring together faculty, students and experts in gender-related fields to explore gender and sexuality in the arts, humanities and social and natural sciences in an effort to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society.