Galvin Fine Arts Center
Sandra Steingraber, PhD, visits campus to talk about her personal investigation of cancer and the environment.
River Cities' Reader: Personal Science: Sandra Steingraber, October 22 at St. Ambrose University
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St. Ambrose's First Book choice for New Student Seminar is the first of four books ecologist Sandra Steingraber, PhD, has written about links between our health and a damaged environment.
Living Downstream is an outgrowth of Steingraber's bout with cancer while she was a 20-year-old college student, and also is the result of a four-year, post-doctoral investigation into the links between synthetic chemicals and cancer.
Steingraber earned a Doctoral of Biological Sciences degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Creative Writing degree from Illinois State University. Her most recent book, Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, follows and earlier memoir, Having Faith: An Ecologist Journey into Motherhood.
Steingraber also published a book of poems, Post-Diagnosis, and is a co-author of a book on human rights and ecology in Africa, The Spoils of Famine.
Awards include a Heinz Award from the Heinz Family Foundation, the Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year Award and the Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Foundation. Steingraber is a distinguished scholar in residence at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.
A reception and book-signing will follow the lecture.
The lecture is sponsored by Academic and Student Affairs, the Council for Integrative Learning Environments, and First Year Experience.
This event is part of St. Ambrose University's Sustainability Project, a year-long series examining our ability to sustain ecological systems through the arts, sciences and humanities.