Native American activist and author Winona LaDuke, who twice served as Ralph Nader’s vice presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket, will speak at St. Bonaventure University next month.
Free and open to the public, LaDuke’s talk is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building. The talk serves as a plenary and Freshman Passport event.
LaDuke will talk about “Race, Gender and the Environment.” The event is sponsored by the Diversity Action Committee and the #RaceMatters program at St. Bonaventure.
“Outspoken, engaging, and unflaggingly dedicated to matters of ecological sustainability, Winona LaDuke is a powerful speaker who inspires her audiences to action and engagement,” said Dr. Robert Amico, philosophy professor and chair of SBU’s Diversity Action Committee.
A Native American with Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) ancestry, LaDuke is a graduate of Harvard and Antioch universities. With advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities.
LaDuke is founder and co-director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for Native environmental groups. With Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice.
In her own community in northern Minnesota, LaDuke is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based non-profit organizations in the country, and a leader on the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, LaDuke also works to protect indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
In 1994, Time magazine named her one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under 40 years old, and in 1997 she was named Ms. magazine’s Woman of the Year.
Other honors include the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Thomas Merton Award (1996), the Ann Bancroft Award, the Global Green Award, and the prestigious International Slow Food Award for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity. In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
In addition to numerous articles, LaDuke is the author of a number of non-fiction titles including “All Our Relations,” “The Winona LaDuke Reader,” “Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming,” “Food is Medicine: Recovering Traditional Foods to Heal the People” and her latest, “The Militarization of Indian Country.”
She has also penned a work of fiction, “Last Standing Woman,” and a children’s book, “In the Sugarbush.”
For more information, contact Amico at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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