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Winona LaDuke to keynote women, spirituality event

Oct. 22, 23

Sustainable development and renewable energy activist and former vice-presidential candidate Winona LaDuke will be keynote speaker at the 30th annual Women & Spirituality Conference Oct. 22 and 23.

2011-10-24
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [8-30-11]

Sustainable development and renewable energy activist and former vice-presidential candidate Winona LaDuke will be keynote speaker at the 30th annual Women & Spirituality Conference Oct. 22 and 23 at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

LaDuke, a Native American (Anishinaabe Ojibwe) who lives on the White Earth reservation in Minnesota, will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The conference, open to students, faculty, staff and the public, includes two days of workshops, discussions, exhibits, dialogue, discovery and celebrations, with 90 vendors and more than 100 workshops.

The annual conference is intended to nurture caring, respect and understanding among men and women from different spiritual and religious backgrounds. This year’s theme is “Creating a Multicultural Democracy: Religion, Culture and Identity in America.”

The event, co-sponsored by the university’s College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Gender and Women’s Studies Department, Institutional Diversity and Women’s Center, is expected to attract hundreds of participants. General admission is $55, but reduced rates, scholarships and college credit are available. Registration deadline is Oct. 3.

LaDuke, founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project and program director for “Honor the Earth,” champions issues of climate change, renewable energy and environmental justice in indigenous communities. She was the vice presidential candidate for the Green Party in 1996 and 2000, on the ticket headed by Ralph Nader.

She was named to the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007, and in 1994 was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age. She received the Thomas Merton Award in 1996 and the “Ms. Woman of the Year” award in 1997.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she is the author of five books, including Recovering the Sacred, All our Rela¬tions and a novel, Last Standing Woman. She has been a board member of Greenpeace USA and is an advisory board member for the Trust for Public Lands Native Lands Program, as well as a board member of the Christensen Fund.

A sampling of the 105 workshops and events during the conference: “Esoteric Healing: A Soul-Centered Approach,” “Living Your Divine Design,” “The Spirituality Behind Spectacular Success,” “Unconditional Trust,” “The Art in Your Chart,” “The Power of Spontaneous Singing,” “Enriched by Diversity,” “The Wild Cosmic Heart,” “Understanding Privilege,” “Dream Journal Writing” and “Laugh for the Health of It,” among others.

Those who want more information about the sessions or who wish to register may call (507) 389-2077, email veldhc@mnsu.edu, or go to http://sbs.mnsu.edu/women/conference/.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.

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