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THIEL COLLEGE Earth Week events include VP candidate



Published: Wed, April 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



All of the programs are free.

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Winona LaDuke, Ralph Nader's vice presidential candidate on the Green Party ticket in the 2000 presidential election, will be the featured speaker at Thiel College's Earth Week celebration next week.

LaDuke, an internationally known American Indian activist and advocate for environmental, women's and children's rights, also was Nader's running mate in 1996.

She is the founder and campaign director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a reservation-based land acquisition, environmental advocacy and cultural organization, and is founder and co-chairman of the Indigenous Women's Network.

LaDuke, who lives in Minnesota, earned a bachelor's degree in Native American economic development from Harvard University in 1982 and a master's degree in rural development from Antioch University in 1989.

She organizes and is host of the annual Honor the Earth tour in conjunction with folk-rock group The Indigo Girls. She was named Ms. magazine's Woman of the Year in 1997.

Theme: Thiel College runs a program to mark Earth Week each year and this year's theme is "The Hungry Planet: Food, Wealth and Technology."

All of the lectures and activities are free.

The schedule of events shows:

UTuesday: Workshops for area elementary pupils in grades four through six during the day. A lecture, "Making a Choice: Sorting Out Competing Truth Claims," by Danielle Welliever, director of environmental education and advocacy for the Division for Church and Society of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, at 7 p.m. in the Lutheran Heritage Room of the Howard Miller Student Center.

U April 10: LaDuke lecture, "Environmental Justice from a Native Perspective," at 7 p.m. in the Lutheran Heritage Room.

UApril 11: A lecture, "Making Change: Economic Literacy and Theological Reflection, A Beginning," at 7 p.m. in the Lutheran Heritage Room by Stan Lanier, an associate with the Center for Theology and Natural Science in Berkeley, Calif.




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