Frances Moore Lappe at Fine Arts

12/16/2010

Frances Moore Lappe to be at the Fine Arts and Lecture Series - first spring semester lecturer

The first of the College’s Fine Arts and Lecture Series events for spring will be a lecture by Frances Moore Lappé, the author of Diet for a Small Planet and cofounder of three organizations, including “Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday, January 20, at 7:30 pm in the Goodroe Auditorium in Memorial Hall.

Frances Lappe and her daughter Anna Lappe manage the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life. They have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide. Frances appears frequently as a public speaker and on radio, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Alternet.

In 1987 Frances received the Right Livelihood Award (considered an “Alternative Nobel”) “for revealing the political and economic causes of world hunger and how citizens can help to remedy them.” Her first book, Diet for a Small Planet, has sold three million copies and is considered “the blueprint for eating with a small carbon footprint since long before the term was coined,” wrote J.M. Hirsch, Associated Press. In 2008 Diet for a Small Planet was selected as one of 75 Books by Women Whose Words Have Changed the World by members of the Women’s National Book Association in observance of its 75th anniversary and was named by Gourmet Magazine as one of 25 people (including Thomas Jefferson, Upton Sinclair, and Julia Child), whose work has changed the way America eats.

Frances has received 17 honorary doctorates from distinguished institutions including The University of Michigan and was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000-2001. In 2008 she received the James Beard Foundation ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ Award for her lifelong impact on the way people all over the world think about food, nutrition, and agriculture.

Articles featuring or written by Frances have appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Harper’s, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, People, and more. She has most recently been featured in Yes! Magazine, The Boston Globe, AARP: The Magazine, Sojourners, The Progressive, and on WSJ.com, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘The National,’ NPR, and the BBC.

For more information about the lecture, please call 706-272-4587.