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International activist Vandana Shiva to speak April 2

Scientist, environmental activist and writer Dr. Vandana Shiva will give a public lecture based on her 2008 book, “Soil Not Oil,” Friday, April 2, at the University of South Carolina.

Titled “Soil Not Oil: Food Security in Times of Climate Change,” the free lecture is set for 3:30 p.m. in Belk Auditorium of the Darla Moore School of Business.

Shiva, who has been singled out by Time magazine as an environmental “hero,” also was called by Asia Week one of the five most powerful communicators from Asia.

Shiva’s talk will draw connections between three of the world’s most serious issues: food insecurity, peak oil and climate change. She calls for small, sustainable, bio-diverse farms in an effort to evade the environmental and economic problems associated with industrial agriculture. She proposes solutions based on principles of self-organization, community and environmental justice, in opposition to trends of globalization, fossil-fuel dependence and corporate power.

In addition to “Soil Not Oil,” Shiva’s books include “Earth Democracy” and “Water Wars.” In India, Shiva established Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers' rights; founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology; and is vice president of the global movement, Slow Food International.

Shiva’s talk is sponsored by USC’s Green (West) Quad Learning Center, the South Carolina Honors College, the Darla Moore School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences and its School of the Environment, department of philosophy, Walker Institute of International & Area Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Elliott, associate professor of philosophy, at 803-777-3735 or via e-mail at

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 03/10/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 03/10/10 @ 2:01 PM | Permalink

"Soil Not Oil"

  • What: Lecture on envirionmentalism
  • Who: Environmental activist and writer Dr. Vandana Shiva to deliver speech
  • When: 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 2
  • Where: Belk Auditorium of the Darla Moore School of Business

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