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UIS to host noted Earth Day speaker

March 31, 2006

Dr. Sandra Steingraber

SPRINGFIELD – Ecologist/author/cancer survivor Dr. Sandra Steingraber will speak at the University of Illinois at Springfield on Wednesday, April 19, in observance of Earth Day.  Dr. Steingraber's presentation, "Contaminated without Consent: How Chemical Pollutants in Air, Food, and Water Violate Human Rights," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library at UIS.

The program is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited and will be on a first come, first seated basis with overflow seating available.  For those unable to attend in person, a live webcast of the presentation will be available at www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html.

Related sites

UIS Center for State Policy & Leadership
Environmental Studies Department
Earth Day 2006
See a webcast of the presentation

Hosts are UIS' Center for State Policy and Leadership, Department of Environmental Studies, and Division of Student Affairs.  UIS co-sponsors include Students Allied for a Greener Earth (SAGE), College of Public Affairs and Administration, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Capital Scholars Honors Program.

Currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ithaca College in New York, Dr. Steingraber is an internationally recognized expert on environmental links to cancer and reproductive health. Her highly acclaimed 1998 book Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment presented cancer as a human rights issue and was the first work to bring data on toxic release together with data from U.S. cancer registries. Her newest work is Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood (2001).

Tih-Fen Ting, assistant professor of Environmental Studies at UIS, observed, "We are very fortunate to have Dr. Steingraber as our Earth Day speaker this year. She grew up in Pekin, so has an intimate knowledge of central Illinois and cares about the area deeply -- her connections to the land can be found throughout her books.  Last year, Dr. Steingraber also published a piece in Orion magazine about the explosion of Formosa Plastics plant in Illiopolis and its aftermath.  Although she now lives in New England, she keeps a close watch on central Illinois and is very knowledgeable about environmental issues here."

Steingraber was named Ms. Magazine's Woman of the Year in 1997. In 1998 she received the Jenifer Altman Foundation's first annual Altman Award for "inspiring and poetic use of science to elucidate the causes of cancer" as well as the Will Solimene Award from the American Medical Writers Association for "excellence in medical communication." The Sierra Club has heralded her as "the new Rachel Carson."

Earth Day is April 22. It has been an annual event since it was founded by Gaylord Nelson and organized by Dennis Hayes in 1970 as a chance for people around the world to celebrate the planet and our responsibility toward it. Currently thousands of groups participate in the Earthday Network, actively promoting environmental causes at the community, regional, and global levels.

For more information about the presentation at UIS, contact the Center at 217/206-6576, or Ting at 206-7876.

For more information about Earth Day, go to www.earthday.org/.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.