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Activist Winona LaDuke to speak as part of Intersections forum

November 27, 2012

Internationally acclaimed author, activist and speaker Winona LaDuke will highlight a special forum at University of Wisconsin-Stout.

LaDuke will speak at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center, followed by a question-and-answer session. The forum is titled Intersections of Multiculturalism and Sustainability.

Preceding the speech, a reception will be held at 5:45 p.m. with LaDuke and two other guest presenters, Sara Grineski and Tim Collins of the University of Texas-El Paso.

From 4:10 to 5:30 p.m., Grineski and Collins will talk about their work in environmental justice in the Willow-Walnut Room of the student center.

“We hope the forum helps us learn how to build a sustainable society by hearing about and discussing that process with some of the most respected people on this topic in the country,” said Nels Paulson, UW-Stout assistant professor of social science. “This is especially relevant to those who are also interested in the place of diversity and multiculturalism for building a sustainable society.”

Winona LaDukeLaDuke is founder and co-director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group that works with issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice.

She was a U.S. vice presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000 on the Green Party ticket with Ralph Nader. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and ways of life of Native American communities.

Her honors include the Reebok Human Rights Award, Thomas Merton Award, Ann Bancroft Award, Global Green Award and International Slow Food Award, the latter for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity. In 2007 LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Grineski is an associate professor of sociology and co-director of the Environment Core of the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center at Texas-El Paso. Collins is an associate professor of geography at Texas-El Paso. Their current shared research includes “Children’s Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Spatial and Temporal Assessment of Two U.S.-Mexico Border Metropolitan Areas, and Investigating the Health Effects of Dust Storms in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.”

The three forum events are free and open to the public.

The Intersections series, a project of Ally Initiatives for Civil Rights and Civic Responsibility, examines social group membership and culture. Each event poses structured questions for dialogue.

Co-sponsors include the UW-Stout Provost Office; Native American Student Association; Honors College; College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; social sciences department; Center for Applied Ethics; Multicultural Student Services; Stout Student Association; and Ally Initiatives.

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