Frances Moore Lappé is Keynote for Marist’s 13th Annual Campus Sustainability Week


Lappé’s talk, “Innovation for Our Environment: Finding Hope Through Democratic Action,” will take place on October 22 at 7 pm and is open to the public.

October 15, 2019—Frances Moore Lappé, a researcher and author in the area of food and democracy policy, will deliver the keynote address at Marist’s 13th annual Campus Sustainability Week, which is being held from October 21-24. Ms. Lappé’s talk will take place on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 pm in the Nelly Goletti Theatre of the Murray Student Center. Her lecture is entitled “Innovation for Our Environment: Finding Hope Through Democratic Action” and is part of the College’s Autumn Lecture Series. The event is also being sponsored by the School of Science, Student Programming Council, and Campus Ministry.

Ms. Lappé has authored or co-authored 19 books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment, beginning with 1971’s Diet for a Small Planet, which has sold three million copies. In fall 2017, she co-authored Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want with Adam Eichen.  Ms. Lappé is the co-founder of three organizations, including Oakland-based think tank Food First, and more recently, the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter, Anna Lappé. She and her daughter have also co-founded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide.         

Marist’s 13th annual Campus Sustainability Week programming is planned by the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee, which is made up of faculty, staff, and students. In addition to Ms. Lappé’s address, the week also includes the events listed below. 


Monday, October 21, 5:00pm, Murray Student Center, Room 3105

Earth Ally program - a voluntary program in which students, faculty, and staff members interested in sustainability issues come together to learn about environmental topics and advance the mission of sustainability at Marist. Recipients commit to completing an iLearn-based training program, attending related events on campus, and making personal lifestyle choices that reflect the values of sustainability and stewardship. After completing the program, participants can proudly identify as certified Earth Allies.  


Tuesday, October 22, 7:00pm, Murray Student Center, Nelly Golletti Theatre

“Innovation for Our Environment: Finding Hope Through Democratic Action,” keynote speaker Frances Moore Lappé (see information above).


Wednesday, October 23

11:00am:                   One-hour guided walk tourn of Fern Tor, the College's natural area located at north end of
                                   campus. Meet in front of Ward Hall, North Campus Housing Complex

5:00–6:30pm:         Student Center 3101, Student Science Showcase, School of Science

5:00–7:00pm:         Student Center, 3rd floor hallway, educational and information displays, featuring:

                                      • Bookbinding demonstration with recycled paper
                                      • Citizen’s Climate Lobby
                                      • Earth Ally program
                                      • Ethical Fashion Initiative repurposing workshop
                                      • Fair Trade
                                      • Marist Compost
                                      • Marist Votes registration drive
                                      • Ride Share NY

Thursday, October 24

5:00pm:              Murray Student Center, Room 3102, Marist Composting workshop featuring the film “Dive” (2010, 45
                            min.), which explores food waste in America

7:00pm:              North End Dining, McCormick Hall, Sustainability Mystery Basket Chef Challenge, featuring Marist
                            chefs preparing a meal from a basket of food leftovers

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