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University of Calgary

September 22, 2011 11:00 ET

University of Calgary: Calgary Peace Prize winner Vandana Shiva arrives in Calgary Friday

Award recognizes commitment to social justice and the environment

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2011) - The Consortium for Peace Studies (CPS) at the University of Calgary is excited to confirm that prominent Indian environmental and human rights activist Vandana Shiva is on her way to Calgary this Friday, Sept. 23 to claim her long-awaited 2011 Calgary Peace Prize.

The intended award ceremony in March was transformed into a formal dinner held in the activist's honour, after a visa issue prevented her from attending in person. During the event, via a Skype video conference call, Shiva gave her word that she would return to properly receive her award.

Upon her arrival this Friday, Sept 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the River Café in Prince's Island Park, Vandana Shiva will present her talk on "The Future of Food".

The event includes a meet-and-greet reception where guests can freely converse with Shiva on issues such as food policy, peace activism, international development, environmental sustainability or perhaps even quantum physics, over cocktails. Event sponsors Oxfam Canada will also be delivering a presentation on their new "GROW" campaign, sharing Shiva's vision on food justice and women's rights. Tickets are $60 each.

The official Calgary Peace Prize ceremony takes place this Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Red & White Club in McMahon Stadium. Alderman Gian-Carlo Carra and Chancellor Emeritus Joanne Cuthbertson will be presenting the award. Shiva's acceptance speech will focus on ""Making Peace with the Earth". Tickets are only $12.

Ticket details are available online at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/peacestudies/ShivaSeptemberEvent

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Contact Information

  • University of Calgary
    Brooke Hunter
    Media Relations Advisor, University Relations
    403-220-4756 or Cell: 403-852-5047
    blhunter@ucalgary.ca