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Axworthy Distinguished Lecture – Vandana Shiva

Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 7:00 PM -
Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 9:00 PM

Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist and alter-globalization author. She trained as a physicist at the University of Punjab, and earned her PhD from the University of Western Ontario. Her work centers on issues of bioethics, biodiversity, intellectual property rights, and genetic engineering.

She founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology in 1982, which led to the creation of Navdanya in 1991, a national movement for the protection of biological resources, especially native seeds.

Shiva’s work often celebrates the wisdom of traditional knowledge, such as Vedic medicine and farming practices, and she has criticized the practice of corporate seed patenting. She works to improve the situation of women in India, and is commonly referred to as an ecofeminist.

Shiva's talk is part of the Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Justice and the Public Good. There will be free seating available at the lecture, but space will be limited.

Alternatively, passes for the CLASS Spring Institute are available for purchase, which ensure access to all keynotes, including both Axworthy Lectures happening in May. To purchase a pass visit

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