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Tucker Foundation to host Nobel Prize-winner Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai

Wangari Muta Maathai, African scholar and activist and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, will speak to the community on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in Rollins Chapel. Wangari, a former Dartmouth Montgomery Fellow, will talk about her work to protect the environment, enhance women's rights and bring peace to her native Kenya and throughout Africa and the world.

"As the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctoral degree as well as the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai is a unique and powerful voice for grassroots activism and empowerment," said Stuart Lord, Virginia Rice Kelsey '61S Dean of the Tucker Foundation.

Through her foundation, the Green Belt Movement, Maathai has worked to restore ravaged forests and promote environmental sustainability and the empowerment of women. Over the last 30 years, the Green Belt Movement has inspired women in Africa to plant over 30 million trees.

By GENEVIEVE HAAS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08