Keynote Speakers

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva  - sittingThe Violence of the Green Revolution and Monocultures of the Mind pose essential challenges to the dominant paradigm of non-sustainable, industrial agriculture. Through her books BiopiracyStolen Harvest and Water Wars, Dr. Shiva has made visible the social, economic and ecological costs of corporate-led globalization. Dr. Shiva chairs the Commission on the Future of Food set up by the Region of Tuscany in Italy, she is a Board member of the International Forum on Globalization (IGF), and a member of the Steering Committee of the Indian People’s Campaign Against the WTO.

Dr. Robin W. KimmererKimmerer_Bio

 Dr. Robin Kimmerer, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, is a mother, plant ecologist, writer and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. She serves as the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment whose mission is to create programs, which draw on the wisdom of both Indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her research interests include the role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in ecological restoration and the ecology of mosses. In collaboration with tribal partners, she and her students have an active research program in the ecology and restoration of plants of cultural significance to Native people. She is active in efforts to broaden access to environmental science education for Native students, and to create new models for integration of indigenous philosophy and scientific tools on behalf of land and culture. She is engaged in programs, which introduce the benefits of traditional ecological knowledge to the scientific community, in a way that respects and protects indigenous knowledge. She has published two books, Braiding Sweet Grass and Gathering Moss as well as several chapters in edited books.

Dr. Manulani Aluli-Meyer

Manulani Aluli-Meyer is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer.  Her family hails from Mokapu, Kailua, Wailuku, Hilo and Kohala on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Moku O Keawe.  The Aluli ohana is a large and diverse group of scholar-activists who have spent their lives in Hawaiian education, justice, land reclamation, health, cultural revitalization, arts education, prison reform, transformational economics, food sovereignty, Hawaiian philosophy 5971029_origand most of all, music.

Manu works in the field of Indigenous epistemology and its role in worldwide awakening.  Professor Aluli-Meyer obtained her doctorate from Harvard (Ed.D. 1998) by studying Hawaiian epistemology via language, history, and the clear insights of Hawaiian mentors.  She is a worldwide keynote speaker and has published extensively on the topic of native intelligence and its synergistic linkages to quantum sciences, transformational evaluation practices, and to liberating pedagogy.  Her book: Ho’oulu: Our Time of Becoming – Hawaiian Epistemology and Early Writings, is in its third printing.

Her background is in wilderness education, experiential learning and ecological literacy, and she has been an Instructor for the Outward Bound schools, Wilderness Hawaii, Hawaii Bound, and other alternative learning programs.  Dr. Aluli-Meyer championed the Hawaiian Charter School movement in Hawaii, worked within the prisons, and developed Hoea Ea and Kaiao Garden for the Hawaii Island Food Sovereignty movement.  Professor Aluli-Meyer was the International Indigenous Scholar in 2005-06 at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, the Center for Māori Research Excellence at the University of Auckland.