International Environmental and Human Rights Activist to speak at U of T Scarborough

    Dr. Vandana Shiva to discuss the environment, globalization and women's
    rights in her talk: "Staying Alive: Empowering Women for a Sustainable

    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - One of Asia's most powerful communicators is
set to speak at the University of Toronto Scarborough tomorrow as part of the
31st Watts Lecture.
    Dr. Vandana Shiva, a trained physicist who received her Ph.D. from the
University of Western Ontario and now resides in India, has been called an
environmental hero by Time Magazine. The internationally respected scientist,
advocate and professor holds strong views on agricultural sustainability, the
environmental dangers of globalization, the threats of genetic engineering and
the role women play in advancing our future.
    Dr. Shiva divides her time between conducting research on technology and
environmental policy, organizing farmers in India, speaking out against
biopiracy and leading the Diverse Women for Diversity initiative. She founded
the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, dedicated to
addressing the most significant ecological and social issues of our time.
    Dr. Shiva has made significant contributions to agricultural
sustainability and has written several books that challenge the current
non-sustainable, reductionist approaches. She warns against corporate led
globalization and its social, economic and ecological impact.
    "We are very fortunate to have Dr. Shiva as the speaker for the Watts
lecture this year," said Professor Joan Foley, Chair of Watts Committee and
Past Principal of University of Toronto Scarborough. "She is an exceptional
champion whose untiring energy is a benefit to us all."
    Dr. Shiva will have a lot to say about issues that are top of mind at the
F.B. Watts Memorial Lecture Series, named in honour of the late F.B. Watts, a
distinguished geography professor who was an original member of U of T
Scarborough's faculty. The lecture series began in 1970, bringing leading
experts, including former Canadian prime ministers, to the university and the
community. The event is generiously supported by TD Meloche Monnex.
    Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 416-287-7080
or visit

    Who:      Dr. Vandana Shiva, International Environmental and Human Rights

    What:     The 31st Watts Lecture, "Staying Alive: Empowering Women for a
              Sustainable Future"

    Where:    ARC Lecture Theatre, University of Toronto Scarborough,
              1265 Military Trail

    When:     March 14, 2007, at 7 p.m.

    Cost:     Free

For further information:

For further information: Hilda Seedanee, University of Toronto
Scarborough, Outreach & Special Events Coordinator, Office of Vice President
and Principal, Tel: (416) 287-5645, Email:, Web

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