Activist Frances Moore Lappe to Speak at RIT, March 30




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Activist Frances Moore Lappé will share her ideas about democracy and the power of individuals to effect change at an upcoming lecture at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Lappé will give her talk, “Democracy’s Edge: Beyond Daddy Politics to People-Powered Solutions,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, in Webb Auditorium in the James E. Booth Building. Her talk is part of RIT’s Global Engagements Lecture and Performance Series organized by the College of Liberal Arts and supported by the Caroline Werner Gannett Endowment in the Humanities. An informal colloquium will precede the lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. in the George Eastman Building, room 2000. Both events are free and open to the public.

Lappé examined the problem of world hunger and helped mobilize the contemporary interest in vegetarianism and whole foods with her best-selling book Diet for a Small Planet. Her latest effort is Democracy’s Edge: Choosing to Save Our Country by Bringing Democracy to Life.

The author and activist became a leading advocate for new ways of addressing global problems, founding the organizations Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as “Food First” (http://www.foodfirst.org/) and the Small Planet Institute (http://www.smallplanetinstitute.org/).

Lappé is the recipient of the prestigious Right Livelihood Award and the Rachel Carson Award, among other honors.

For more information, contact Cassandra Shellman at 585-475-2057 or John Roche at jfrgla@rit.edu.