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Santa Clara University, November 15, 2007, Vol. 8, No. 5

SCU hosts author-activist Frances Moore Lappé

With her daughter, Anna, Lappé co-founded the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements throughout the world. She also co-founded two other national organizations. Her life and work have been the subject of articles in numerous national news publications, and in the past five years, she has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows.

Lappé’s books are used in hundreds of colleges and universities and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She is a founding councilor of the 50-member World Future Council, a global voice for a sustainable future based in London and Hamburg; and holds 17 honorary doctorates from institutions around the country.

Her appearance at SCU is co-sponsored by the Center for Student Leadership, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Office of Student Life, Faculty Development, College of Arts and Sciences, Environmental Studies Institute, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the English, psychology, history, political science, sociology and creative writing departments.

Diane Dreher, an SCU English professor helping to coordinate Lappé’s visit, said, “There’s a lot of excitement on campus about her visit—as you can see from all the sponsors—and her book seems very timely, and very much in keeping with Santa Clara's mission of educating leaders for a just world.”