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Oct. 12-13: 32nd Annual Women & Spirituality Conference

Starhawk is keynote speaker.

2013-10-14
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Media Relations News Release, 9-26-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Starhawk, the author and co-author of 12 books on Goddess religion, earth-based spirituality and activism, will be the keynote speaker at the 32nd annual Women & Spirituality Conference Oct. 12-13 at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Starhawk will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, followed by a book signing in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. The title of Starhawk’s keynote address is “Women’s Hidden Histories: Goddesses, Witches, Hags and Wild Women.”

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 purpose of the annual conference is to provide a supportive and nurturing setting for a dialogue of caring and mutual respect between and among women and men from many spiritual and religious traditions.

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 $60, but reduced rates, scholarships and college credit are available. Registration forms must be mailed in no later than one week prior to the conference. Walk-ins are welcome.

Starhawk’s books include “The Spiral Dance” and “The Fifth Sacred Thing,” now in development as a feature film with Yerba Buena Films (http://thefifthsacredthing.com/). Her latest book is “The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups,” which examines power, process and conflict for groups that organize without top-down leadership.

In her bio, Starhawk is described as a committed activist for global justice and the environment, a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes to Occupy, a highly influential voice in the revival of Goddess religion and a person who has brought many innovative techniques of spirituality and magic to her political work. She has trained activists in direct action and organizing, taught earth-based ritual, healing and community building worldwide, and directs earth activist training (http://www.earthactivisttraining.org/), which combines permaculture design with a grounding in spirit and a focus on organizing skills.

Starhawk writes a blog on permaculture, Paganism and politics: “Dirt Worship” at www.starhawksblog.org. Her website is www.starhawk.org. She has a Facebook fan page for Starhawk, and @Starhawk17 is her Twitter handle.

Those who want more information about the sessions or who wish to register may call (507) 389-2077, email cynthia.veldhuisen@mnsu.edu, or go to http://sbs.mnsu.edu/women/conference/, where a complete booklet is available on all session workshops and much more.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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