Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai Lecture Oct. 1

Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai will speak at Meredith College on October 1. She will deliver the 2009 Lillian Parker Wallace Lecture at 7 p.m. in Meredith’s outdoor McIver Amphitheater.

Maathai, a trailblazer for women and the environment, is the author of “Unbowed,” Meredith’s summer reading selection for 2009.

The Green Belt Movement Maathai established has helped to restore Kenya’s indigenous forests and involved women in sustainable agriculture.

It was while Maathai served in the National Council of Women of Kenya that she introduced the idea of planting trees with the people in 1976. She has continued to develop it into a broad-based, grassroots organization whose main focus is the planting of trees with women groups in order to conserve the environment and improve their quality of life.

Maathai is internationally recognized for her persistent struggle for democracy, human rights and environmental conservation. She has addressed the UN on several occasions and spoke on behalf of women at special sessions of the General Assembly during the five-year review of the Earth Summit. She and the Green Belt Movement have received numerous awards, most notably the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.

Meredith College Green Belt: Meredith College students are planting a Green Belt in honor of Wangari Maathai’s life work and her visit to Meredith. Each student enrolled in First Year Experience has the opportunity to plant a tree, arranged on campus in arboretum-style and botanically interesting groupings, resulting in the planting of over 350 trees. The Meredith Green Belt tree planting is a partnership of the Office for First Year Experience, The Office of Student Leadership and Service, the Sustainability Office, and the Grounds Department of Facilities Services.

The Wallace Lecture honors Dr. Lillian Parker Wallace, who served as professor of history at Meredith from 1921 to 1967. This event is free and open to the public.

Date Submitted: 2009-09-15

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