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Vandana Shiva: Weissberg Chair in International Studies, 2013-14

Residency: March 31 - April 5, 2014

Vandana Shiva photoWorld-renowned activist Vandana Shiva challenges us to think about development in more sustainable ways by bringing attention to leading social justice questions of the day: how natural resources can be protected in order to sustain the earth and our futures, the impact of globalization in rural communities, and the role of women in economic production.

With an M.Sc honors degree in particle physics from the University of Punjab and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario, Shiva founded Navdanya, an Indian women's movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds.

Shiva's many honors include the Right Livelihood Award, which recognizes and supports those "offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today." A prolific author, her most recent books include Staying Alive (2010, South End Press) and Making Peace With The Earth (2013, Pluto Press).

Her residency at Beloit College will bring attention to the power of activism to encourage dialogue and positive social change, witha particular focus on access, availability, and quality of our food as a human right.

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Friday, February 28 - March 1

Sustainability and Economic Development: Lessons from Ecuador's Amazon Region

Friday, 7:00 pm: Talk by Judy Logback'95, Kallari Association and  Kallari Chocolate,

Porter-Brown Auditorium, Sanger Science Center 150

Saturday, 1:00-4:00 pm,


Local and Profitable: Creating Niche Products, Navigating  Supply Chains. Workshop facilitated by Judy Logback'95 and CELEB director Brian Morello.


February 7 - March 28


Human Rights & Food (click for schedule)

Monday, March 31

12:30-1:30 pm:  Faculty Forum. For Beloit College faculty and staff.  Meal available beginning at 12:00.

4:00 pm   Conviviality with student poster session and Exhibit Opening. Wright Museum of Art Courtyard

Holodomer Stalin PosterExhibit: Holodomor (Ukraine 1932-33)

The Wright Museum of Art will exhibit a series of posters selected from the  Ukrainian American Museum alongside artwork from Ukrainian artists focused on the subject Holodomor, or "extermination by hunger." The Holodomor was a man-made famine in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed up to 7 million ethnic Ukrainians. The expressive artworks and the formalized posters created from this atrocity present an informative and emotional exhibition.

Tuesday, April 1

12:00 pm: Rotary Club Lunch

Wednesday, April 2

6:00 pm: Farm-to-Table dinner, Bushel and Pecks.  Reservations through Bushel and Pecks.

7:30 pm:  Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?  film screening at Bushel and Pecks

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6:30-9:00 pm: Seed Savers Workshop with Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training.  Angelic Organics Registration required.


Friday, April 4  

4:00 pm:

Panel 1:

Sustainable Agriculture:  Local and Regional Models, Moore Lounge, Pearsons Hall

8:00 pm: 

Keynote lecture by Vandana Shiva. The Right to Food:  Women, Development, and the Global Economy

Eaton Chapel

Saturday, April 5

conference continuation,  Moore Lounge, Pearsons Hall  

9:00-10:30 am:  College Students Out of the Classroom: Applying Theory to Activism

  • Marlee Breunig'15, Hana Vackova'15. Why Bother? Beloit College and the Real Food Challenge
  • Kyle Bohrer'14, Rachel McCarthy'14, Lena Wright'16. Food That Teaches
  • Jory Carlin'14, Matt Walthius'14. Social Entrepreneurship for Young Adults

10:30 -11:00 am: Coffee break and poster session

11:00 -12:30 pm: 

Panel 3: Food Availability, Quality, and Access  

  • Molly Anderson, College of the Atlantic.  Food Rights in the United States
  • Vandana Shiva, Navdanya.  The Indian Case
  • George Siemon, Organic Valley.  The Role of Agricultural Coops

12:30-1:30 pm: 

lunch available in Commons

1:45-4:00 pm:

Workshops for invited groups,

Pearsons Hall

1:45-3:45 pm: Food and Faith: A Conversation with Vandana Shiva.  Co-sponsor:  Wisconsin Council of Churches, Interfaith Power and Light, Angelic Organics Learning Center

2:30-4:00 pm: Youth Leadership in Urban Gardening. Co-sponsor:  Angelic Organics Learning Center Urban Initiative