O'Connor Chair Lecture Fall 2014: Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.

As part of the 2014-15 Hartwick Campus Theme
Health and the Environment: Personal Courage and Community Activism

The Fall 2014 O'Connor Chair Lecture series features biologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.


Steingraber's acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment was the first toSandra Steingraber, Ph.D. bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries, and was adapted for the screen in 2010. Continuing the investigation begun in Living Downstream, Steingraber's books, Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood and Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, explore the intimate ecology of pregnancy and reveal the ways which environmental hazards now threaten each stage of infant and child development. Steingraber is the recipient of the biennial Rachel Carson Leadership Award and the Jenifer Altman Foundation's Altman Award for "the inspiring and poetic use of science to elucidate the causes of cancer."

Recognized for her ability to serve as a two-way translator between scientists and activists, Steingraber has keynoted conferences on human health and the environment throughout the United States and Canada. She has testified in the European Parliament, at the European Commission, before the President's Cancer Panel, and has participated in briefings to Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency, and before United Nations delegates in Geneva, Switzerland. A contributing essayist and editor for Orion magazine, Sandra Steingraber is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

"Contamination Without Consent: Bringing Science and Human Rights to Environmental Activism"

Thursday, September 25, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Slade Theatre, Fourth Floor, Yager Hall
1.5 Contact Hours
The lecture is free and open to the public.

This talk explores the links between human rights and the environment, with a focus on chemicalcontamination and its ability to alter the pathways of human development, especially during pregnancy,infancy, childhood, and adolescence.

Steingraber argues that the intimate world of parenting connects to the public world of policy-making andasserts that the ongoing environmental crisis is, fundamentally, a crisis of family life.

For more information, contact Donna Decker, Coordinator of Nursing Opportunities at deckerd@hartwick.edu.

Dr. Iva Jeanne Parker Westcott ’66

Dr. Iva Jeanne Parker Westcott ’66

Distinguished Alumna Award honoree, obstetrics nurse, midwife, scholar, and teacher.

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