Vandana Shiva

Axworthy Lecturer



Dr. Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist and anti-globalization author. She trained as a physicist at the University of Punjab, and earned her Ph.D 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.

Vandana Shiva's talk is part of the Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Justice and the Public Good.

This lecture will take place on Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 pm in Riddell Hall.

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