Winona LaDuke to speak at TTU Women's Conference

Written by Sherrel Jones

Internationally renowned Anishinaabe activist Winona LaDuke will serve as keynote speaker March 5 at Texas Tech University’s 26th Annual All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Higher Education.

LaDuke is working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two-time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party. As program director of Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with indigenous communities.

In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, recognizing her leadership and community commitment. In 1994, LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s 50 most promising leaders less than 40 years of age. She was awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, Ms. Woman of the Year (with the Indigo Girls in l997), and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which in part she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. The White Earth Land Recovery Project has won many awards, including the prestigious 2003 International Slow Food Award for Biodiversity, recognizing the organization’s work to protect wild rice from patenting and genetic engineering. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, LaDuke has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She is the author of five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations and a novel, Last Standing Woman.

She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and is presently an advisory board member for the Trust for Public Lands Native Lands Program as well as a board member of the Christensen Fund. She is widely recognized for her work on environmental and human rights issues.

Prior to LaDuke’s speech, “Voices of Feminism” will begin 5 p.m. at the Student Union Building in the Matador Room. As a celebration of Women’s History Month, “Voices of Feminism” will reflect on writings by women who speak about issues of concern for all.

The conference, sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program and titled “Regarding Nature: Gender, Identity, and Ecologies of Change,” is part of a day-long celebration recognizing and promoting contributions by, for and about women within higher education.

The conference is an event open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/AWHE.php.

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CONTACT: Patricia Earl, coordinator and instructor, Women’s Studies Program, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-4335, or patricia.a.earl@ttu.edu