Vandana Shiva: Weissberg Chair in International Studies, 2013-14
Residency: March 31 - April 5, 2014
Scientist, philosopher, feminist, author, environmentalist, activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva is a one-woman movement for peace, sustainability and social justice.
She earned her a PhD in nuclear physics at the University of Western Ontario. However, alarmed by the threat to biodiversity posed by biotechnology, Dr. Shiva founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds. She is a world-renowned opponent of the patent system that labels living organisms as intellectual property.
Vandana Shiva's many honors include the Right Livelihood Award, and she is the author of more than 300 papers and several books, including Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace (2005), Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed (2007), and Soil Not Oil (2008).