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Vandana Shiva Residency

  • 10/17-10/19
  • 9:16 am-9:16 pm
  • Multiple Locations

Vandana Shiva, the world-renowned activist and author described by Bill Moyers as a "rock star" of the anti-GMO movement, will visit UNC Asheville for a three-day residency Oct. 17-19, highlighted by a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Lipinsky Auditorium.

Although all tickets have been claimed for the Oct. 18 lecture, overflow seating and remote viewing  will be available on a first come/first served basis in nearby Humanities Lecture Hall, which will open at 6:00 p.m. A live streamed video of Vandana Shiva's lecture also may be viewed online here

Please contact the Events & Conferences Office at or 828.251.6853 if you have any questions about ticketing or Vandana Shiva's lecture.

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Speaker's bio:

After earning a bachelor's degree in physics, a master's in the philosophy of science, and Ph.D. in philosophy, Shiva came to focus on environmental and social issues, becoming a leading activist working to promote biodiversity, especially native seed, and promoting fair trade and organic farming. She is the founder of the Navdanya movement in India, which has established 60 seed banks and contributed to the conservation of more than 3000 rice varieties. She is on India's National Board of Organic Standards and chairs the Commission on the Future of Food in Tuscany, Italy.

Shiva's advocacy and writing, including her books, Ecofeminism and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development, tie in gender and environmental issues. She is a founding board member of the Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), established by the late U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug. Shiva's most recent book is Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace.

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Contact for this event:

  • Events & Conferences Office
  • 828.251.6853