Vandana Shiva: Weissberg Chair in International Studies, 2013-14
Residency: March 31 - April 5, 2014
World-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 a bachelor’s degree in physics 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, with a particular focus on access, availability, and quality of our food as a human right.
ACTIVITIES IN PREPARATION
February and March
Faculty Reading Group. Fridays at 4:00, Weeks Lounge. February 14, 21, 28, and March 21.
Student Reading Group. Contact Josh Moore for details
February 7 - March 28
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, Science Center 150
SATURDAY, 1:00-4:00 pm, Mathers. Local and Profitable: Creating Niche Products, Navigating Supply Chains. Workshop facilitated by Judy Logback'95 and CELEB director Brian Morello. Click here for more information and to register. Registration deadline: February 26. Limited to 20 participants.
WEISSBERG WEEK with VANDANA SHIVA, Weissberg Chair in International Studies
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. Wright Museum of Art Courtyard. For members of the Beloit College campus.
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
Thursday, April 3
6:30-9:00 pm: Seed Savers Workshop with Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training. Angelic Organics. Registration required.
CONFERENCE: THE RIGHT TO FOOD
Friday, April 4
Sustainable Agriculture: Local and Regional Models, Moore Lounge, Pearsons Hall
- David Cleverdon, Kinnikinnick Farm. Lessons from the Upper Midwest
- Bill Moseley, Macalester College. Lessons from Africa
- Judy Logback, Kallari. Lessons from Latin America
Keynote lecture by Vandana Shiva. The Right to Food: Women, Development, and the Global Economy
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
lunch available in Commons
Workshops for invited groups,
1:45-3:45 pm: Food and Faith: A Conversation with Vandana Shiva. Co-sponsor: Wisconsin Council of Churches.
2:30-4:00 pm: Youth Leadership in Urban Gardening. Co-sponsor: Angelic Organics Learning Center Urban Initiative