Vandana Shiva Residency at UNC Asheville to Culminate with Public Lecture on Oct. 18

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Updated on Oct. 12 & 16: Although all tickets have been claimed for the Oct. 18 lecture, overflow seating and remote viewing will be available on a first come/first served basis in nearby Humanities Lecture Hall, which will open at 6:00 p.m. A live streamed video of Vandana Shiva's lecture also may be viewed online here.

Updated on Oct. 5: The start time of the seed swap on Oct. 17 has been changed to 4 p.m.

Vandana Shiva, the world-renowned activist and author described by Bill Moyers as a "rock star" of the anti-GMO movement, will visit UNC Asheville for a three-day residency Oct. 17-19, highlighted by a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Lipinsky Auditorium.

Although all tickets have been claimed for the Oct. 18 lecture, overflow seating and remote viewing  will be available on a first come/first served basis in nearby Humanities Lecture Hall, which will open at  6 p.m. A live streamed video of Vandana Shiva's lecture also may be viewed online. Please check back here for the live stream link. See below for information on all events related to Shiva’s residency at UNC Asheville.

About Vandana Shiva

After earning a bachelor's degree in physics, a master's in the philosophy of science, and Ph.D. in philosophy, Shiva came to focus on environmental and social issues, becoming a leading activist working to promote biodiversity, especially native seed, and promoting fair trade and organic farming. She is the founder of the Navdanya movement in India, which has established more than 100 seed banks and contributed to the conservation of more than 3,000 rice varieties. She is on India's National Board of Organic Standards and chairs the Commission on the Future of Food in Tuscany, Italy.

Shiva's advocacy and writing, including her books, Ecofeminism and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development, connect gender and environmental issues. She is a founding board member of the Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), established by the late U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug. The author of more than 20 books, her work has been collected most recently in the The Vandana Shiva Reader.

Vandana Shiva Residency Events

Oct. 17 – Seed Swap – This seed swap will feature regional seeds of many varieties, seed-saving demonstrations and workshops, and is offered by UNC Asheville’s Office of Sustainability in partnership with Bountiful Cities, Sow True Seed, Slow Food Asheville, Organic Growers School, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies, Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council Resilience Working Group and Southern Seed Legacy. Free, and open to everyone; those not bringing seeds to share are asked to make a small cash donation to support regional seed-saving. 4-7 p.m. at Stephens Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave., Asheville.

Oct. 18 – Indigenous Perspectives on the Sky – Shiva will participate in the class session of UNC Asheville’s Indigenous Perspectives on the Sky course, taught by Juan G. Sánchez Martinez, assistant professor of Spanish, and Britt Lundgren, assistant professor of physics. This session of the class will be open to the public. Free, 2-3:15 p.m. in Humanities Lecture Hall.

Oct. 18 – Public Lecture – This is a free, ticketed event, with ticket information online at uncavandanashiva.eventbrite.com. 7 p.m. Lipinsky Auditorium.

Oct. 19 – Agriculture Class and ROOTS Garden Tour – Shiva will participate in the class session of UNC Asheville’s Agriculture course, taught by Kevin Moorhead, professor of environmental studies. This class will be held in UNC Asheville’s ROOTS Garden, with entrance and parking at W.T. Weaver Blvd., just off of Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Free, 9:55-11:10 a.m.

For more information, contact UNC Asheville’s Events & Conferences Office, events@unca.edu or 828.251.6853.