Two-Time Vice Presidential Candidate comes for Campus Convocation

Published: September 29, 2015 | Read Time: 1 minutes

Winona LaDukeSouthern Utah University is pleased to announce that it will host Winona LaDuke, two-time vice presidential candidate for the U.S. Green Party, for its upcoming campus convocation, taking place on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

LaDuke, Ms. Magazine’s 2007 Women’s Hall of Famer and director of Honor the Earth, a nonprofit organization that focuses on environmental issues relevant to Native Americans, has consistently sought to give voice to the unspoken challenges that have come to define America’s rising generation: unemployment, the environment, clean energy, and minority issues. As SUU’s honored guest, she will be speaking on the topic that lies closest to her heart: the environment.

LaDuke holds a degree in Rural Economic Development from Harvard University and uses it to explore the environmental issues that affect Native Americans, not to mention the whole United States.

LaDuke currently lives and works on the White Earth Indian Reservation and sees with her own eyes the poverty and sickness that many Native Americans experience. On Indian reservations, healthy food is scarce, and the rate of those diagnosed with diabetes per year continues to grow. Healthy, fresh, and unprocessed food is the answer to this epidemic, according to LaDuke.

“We at SUU are thrilled to have LaDuke come and share with us how to help the environment and establish conditions that will allow people to live on this earth in greater health and harmony,” said Danielle Dubrasky, director of Convocations and associate professor of Creative Writing at SUU.

LaDuke’s presentation, “Economics for the Seventh Generation: A Transition to Post-Fossil Fuels,” will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall, located on campus in the R. Haze Hunter Conference Center.

As with all SUU convocations, this event is free and open to the campus and general public.

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