Dempsey Lecture 2014
"The Story of Stuff"
Writer and Director, "The Story of Stuff"
Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.
- Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, Willamette University
About the speaker
Writer, director and former Greenpeace activist Annie Leonard is the creator of the 20-minute online movie, “ The Story of Stuff,” which has been viewed more than 40 million times since its 2007 release and spawned a community and movement of environmental change-makers.
Leonard sheds light on America’s consumption craze as she connects the dots between all the stuff in our lives and the environmental, economic and social issues we face. Drawing on two decades of experience traveling the globe visiting the places where our stuff is made and the places where it’s dumped, Leonard’s rapid-fire, fact-filled stories lend humor and hope to what is all too often a bleak situation.
Never one to dwell on the negative, Leonard also shares her thoughts on how we get ourselves out of this mess and move closer to a more just and sustainable future.
Leonard is currently on the boards of GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives) and Public Citizen and has previously served on the boards of the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants India, Greenpeace India, and the International Forum on Globalization. She did her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and has a master’s in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.
This event is sponsored by the Dempsey Foundation and Willamette University's Department of Environmental and Earth Sciences.
For more information, contact Joe Bowersox at 503-370-6220.