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Author and activist Winona LaDuke to speak on environmental justice at U of M

February 29, 2012

Author, orator and activist Winona LaDuke will deliver a lecture, “Honoring the Earth, Transforming Our Communities: Winona LaDuke on Environmental Justice,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 in Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. The lecture is free and open to the public.

LaDuke will address questions such as: What is environmental justice and what does it have to do with each person in their everyday lives? How does environmental justice go beyond “going green?” and What can individuals do to effect change in their communities?

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. LaDuke is a founder and co-director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups. With Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice. In her own community in northern Minnesota, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, where her work includes efforts to protect indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.

LaDuke’s lecture is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Women’s Center as part of its Women’s History Month events. “Honoring the Earth, Transforming Our Communities: Winona LaDuke on Environmental Justice” is designed to engage students, faculty, staff, students and members of the community in conversation about environmental justice, activism and leadership.

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

For more information about and to RSVP for the event, visit z.umn.edu/winona.

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