Oct 23 2009

OSU to hold the first ever Earth Democracy Conference: Women, Justice & Ecology

OSU is honored to be welcoming a renowned ecological and human rights activist to speak at the first ever Earth Democracy Conference today, Oct. 23. The Community Service Center staff will be joining the conference to listen to Dr. Vandana Shiva at 7pm tonight in the LaSells Stewart Center. The CSC will also have a booth set up for people who are attending to share interest with becoming involved in community service.

Earth Democracy Conference brings Vandana Shiva to OSU
Renowned ecological and human rights activist to speak at LaSells

The Daily Barometer
Makenzie Marineau
Issue date: 10/23/09 Section: News

OSU will welcome Vandana Shiva, a physicist, feminist, science philosopher, writer and science policy advocate, to campus today to speak on behalf of environmental justice and women’s lives. Shiva will be speaking at the LaSells Stewart Center at 7 p.m. during the “Earth Democracy: Women, Justice, and Ecology” conference tonight. Shiva’s presentation and conference will be free and open to all OSU and community members.

Shiva has called for “an alternative worldview in which humans are embedded in the Earth Family, in that people are connected to each other through love and compassion, not hatred and violence, and ecological responsibility and economic justice replaces greed, consumerism and competition as objectives of human life.”

Rachel Brinker, a women studies major in her last term at OSU, has helped to organize and make this conference possible.

“I came up with the idea to frame a conference around Dr. Shiva’s presentation. The conference will provide information on work related to what she does,” Brinker said. “Dr. Shiva is an amazing physicist and grassroots activist who works all around the world to protect nature and to acknowledge biodiversity, and people’s access to food and water.”

This is the first year the conference will be held, but Shiva has been actively involved in these issues for over 25 years. Shiva has written over 13 books that reveal the true impact of globalization on the lives of women and men in developing countries. She has also founded several organizations, including the Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy.

Shiva was first drawn to these issues when she began training as a nuclear physicist. Shiva’s sister had explained to her the effects of nuclear radiation on life forms, pivoting her focus onto the development of her eco-feminist theories and her relentless activism to protect both women and nature.

“If you think of the fact that corporate globalization is really about an aggressive privatization of the water, biodiversity and food systems of the Earth, when these communities declare sovereignty and act on that sovereignty they have developed a powerful response to globalization,” Shiva said. “Living democracy then is the democracy that is the custodian of the living wealth on which people depend.”

Brinker has been studying Shiva’s work for the past five years and really felt it was necessary to bring a larger audience to these issues by organizing the conference.

“When you gather speakers, activists, scientists and business owners, you get different perspectives on the issues that are affecting women’s lives through unjust globalization,” Brinker said. “Earth Democracy is Shiva’s way of trying to solve issues regarding ecological and human rights.”

In 1993, Shiva was recognized for her efforts in global justice as the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.”

“There is, I think, a spontaneous resurgence of thinking that centers on protection of life, celebrating life, enjoying life as both our highest duty and our most powerful form of resistance against a violent and brutal system that globalizes not just trade, but fascism, and denies civil liberties and freedoms,” Shiva said.

The Spring Creek Project, Hundere Endowment, Horning Endowment and the Student Sustainability Initiative have all made this conference possible as a way to make a difference in relation to Shiva’s Earth Democracy movement.

When approached about what keeps her so alive and full of energy, Shiva simply said, “I do not allow myself to be overcome by hopelessness, no matter how tough the situation. I believe that if you just do your little bit without thinking of the bigness of what you stand against, if you turn to the enlargement of your own capacities, just that in itself creates new potential.”

Makenzie Marineau, staff writer

737-2231, news@dailybarometer.com

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Oct 23 2009

Oregon State joins nation in Make A Difference Day

A reminder to all that tomorrow, Oct. 24, will be our Oak Creek Cleanup for national Make a Difference Day. Come out and join the Community Service Center staff in making a positive difference in our community. You can read our previous post for more information regarding the Oak Creek Cleanup.

Check out the article from The Daily Barometer that features us about Make A Difference Day!

Community Service Center offers chance to make difference
Created by USA Weekend Magazine, Make a Difference Day to be held this Saturday

Katrina Lorengel

Issue date: 10/23/09 Section: News

Want to make a difference? On Saturday, Oct. 24, the Community Service Center on campus is planning a clean-up of Oak Creek as this year’s annual Make a Difference Day project.

“Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. outside the campus book store near the Jefferson bus stop and walk to the creek from there. Clean-up will consist of invasive species removal as well as garbage clean-up,” said Kyle Ireton, a sophomore majoring in biochemistry and biophysics. “The event will end at 1 p.m. Volunteers should wear work shoes and expect to get dirty. Tools and gloves will be provided, and it’s recommended to bring water and a snack.”

This event is designed to go along with the Earth Democracy Conference, which will be held Oct. 23 on campus. The goal is to provide the community with a hands-on service opportunity where they can apply the information learned from the conference.

Make a Difference Day was created by USA Weekend Magazine as a national day to get people involved with their communities. In 2008, three million people took part in various projects and activities in hundreds of towns. This is the 19th annual Make a Difference Day.

Volunteers can create their own projects, small or large, and anyone can participate, whether it is at home, school, church or out in the community. USA Weekend features articles about planned projects and volunteers.

There are also awards given to ten national honorees. Newman’s Own, a food company co-founded by Paul Newman, gives out $10,000 donations to charities the honorees choose. This year’s winners will appear in the April 2010 issue of the magazine.

USA Weekend honored Soaringwords, a non-profit organization that inspires ill children and families to heal, as a national charity partner for this year’s Make A Difference Day. Soaringwords encouraged people to help decorate SoaringQuilts and SoaringPillows with inspirational messages for children at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore.

In 2002, 45 Oregon State students and community volunteers worked on six Habitat for Humanity homes, according to USA Weekend. In all, one house was framed, two received foundations and two more received interior work. One needy family received indoor plumbing for the first time.

Hundreds of other Oregonians were also involved with their communities. A Salem family, along with the help of 115 Brownies, Girl Scouts and 4-H members, painted, designed and delivered pumpkins and cards to four different hospitals, according to the Statesman Journal.

If you would like to get involved with Oregon State’s Make a Difference Day event, contact the Community Service Center on campus.

Katrina Lorengel, staff writer

737-2231, news@dailybarometer.com

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Oct 20 2009

Kip Fulbeck Promotes Acceptance of Multiracial Identities

Fulbeck promotes acceptance of multiracial identities
UC Santa Barbara professor Kip Fulbeck speaks nationally on racial identity, pop culture

The Daily Barometer

Issue date: 10/14/09 Section: News

By Makenzie Marineau

A professor of art at UC Santa Barbara, Kip Fulbeck, shared a multi-media presentation Tuesday night in the MU Ballroom on multicultural identity and diversity.

Fulbeck shared his knowledge and expertise as a Hapa (half white/half Asian) member of American society for the event sponsored by Oregon State’s Justice in Leadership for the Community.

Fulbeck spent 10 years in filmmaking before he began speaking nationwide on identity, multiraciality and pop culture. His presentation touched on topics of diversity and identity but actively involved the audience.

With a combination of films Fulbeck has made about his own life as a Hapa and pop quizzes engaging the audiences members to test their skills in pop culture and more serious issues that America faces, Fulbeck aimed to make the audience think. He quizzed the audience with questions from “Who sings the song ‘Halo’?” to questions concerning global warming, politics and geography, such as asking “In what country is Darfur located?”

“I want the crowd to leave more conscious than when they came in, be more savvy about the information they know,” Fulbeck said. “I am really interested in people’s opinions and love to have discussions about important issues with the audience.”

Being born to a Chinese mother and an English/Irish father, Fulbeck grew up relating to mixed-race identity. In creating the Hapa Project, Fulbeck was able to promote a more realistic portrayal of multiracial identity by asking “What are you?” This project started when he couldn’t just check one box when he was asked what nationality or race he was, because he fit in more than one.

The Hapa Project led to a book, “Part Asian, 100% Hapa,” and an exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum. Fulbeck has continued working on reaching out to people with issues of multiracial identity with three other books. His newest is called “Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids.”

“This project forced me to be around people that were different than me,” Fulbeck said. “Identity is only defined by you.”

Fulbeck pointed out that diversity is age, religion, physical ability, sexual preference and much more. Another one of Fulbeck’s books that presents people, their tattoos and their stories behind them was also shared, reminding the audience that tattoos are not always voluntary by showing a woman who survived a concentration camp and her identification number tattooed on her arm.

Miranda Linville, a senior majoring in women studies, said she feels that these are topics of discussions she is continually having with people.

“It was just great to be here tonight around all these people who are all trying to build a better climate on campus regarding multiracial issues. It is really inspiring to realize you can contribute to helping people find their identity and your own.”

For Milika “Tonga” Hopoi, a student who transferred to OSU in the spring but was born in Tonga, she felt opinions Fulbeck touched on reiterated her own ideas and opinions.

“I sometimes felt I was the only one who felt that way about certain issues, but he was up there saying the same things that I have thought as well,” Hopoi said.

Fulbeck will continue to spread his work and continue to teach where he can heavily impact students.

Makenzie Marineau, staff writer

737-2231, news@dailybarometer.com

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Oct 19 2009

Make an impact this Make A Difference Day

For national Make A Difference Day, October 24th, Oregon State’s Community Service Center is putting on a cleanup of Oak Creek in Corvallis. The day will involve pulling invasive species to improve the environmental quality of the creek. If you are interested in volunteering everyone will be meeting at OSU’s main parking lot near the bookstore at 10:00 am, from where we will walk over to the cleanup site. Gloves will be provided, but volunteers should bring clothes and shoes that they are comfortable with getting dirty. Hope to see you all there this Saturday!

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