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August 18, 2010

Maxine Burkett and Vandana Shiva to Hold 2010-11 Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics

The Wayne Morse Center is pleased to welcome Professor Maxine Burkett and Dr. Vandana Shiva as the 2010-11 co-chairs of law and politics. Professor Burkett and Dr. Shiva will continue the Wayne Morse Center’s inquiry into the theme of “Climate Ethics and Climate Equity.”

Burkett is an associate professor of law at the University of Hawaii and inauguralProfessor Maxine Burkettdirector of the Island Climate Center: Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy, dedicated to helping islands adapt to climate change. A scholar of environmental justice, Professor Burkett will co-teach a class on climate law and policy with Professor Richard Hildreth, and speak on environmental justice and climate change during the fall semester. Her research focuses on climate justice, the disparate impact of climate change on poor and of-color communities, and the moral and legal obligation to these communities.

Dr. Shiva is an international scientist and activist focusing on the issues of agriculture Dr. Vandana Shivaand food, bioethics, globalization, gender, and the worldwide impacts of climate change. She is the founder and director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technoloy, and Ecology, and the program born out of this foundation, Navdanya. During her visit in winter 2011, she will participate in the annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference and a conference on food justice. Dr. Shiva will meet with students in three separate classes in global food cultures and policy.

Each year, noted scholars, authors, and activists visit the University of Oregon as occupants of the Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics. The chair is reserved for people who carry on the tradition of Senator Morse, those who have raised the level of public awareness of such important issues as human rights and social justice, constitutional law, and the role of representative government. Their mission is to serve the university and the citizens of Oregon by stimulating discussion and debate of important contemporary concerns.

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