September 17, 2013
Native American environmentalist, economist, author, and activist Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) will present the Fall EquiKnox Lecture, "The Next Energy Economy: Green Jobs and the Future of Our Communities," at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 26 on the Knox College campus.
Her presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be in Kresge Auditorium at the Ford Center for the Fine Arts.
LaDuke serves as executive 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 climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems, and environmental justice.
She also serves as founding director of White Earth Land Recovery Project in Minnesota, working to protect indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
LaDuke has written numerous articles and books, including The Militarization of Indian Country, All Our Relations, and Food Is Medicine: Recovering Traditional Foods to Heal the People. She has received multiple honors, including the Thomas Merton Award, the International Slow Food Award, and induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame.
She ran as the Green Party candidate for vice president in the 1996 and 2000 U.S. presidential elections, serving as Ralph Nader's running mate.
LaDuke's EquiKnox Lecture, a Knox Sustainability event, is sponsored by the Robison Lecture Fund.