Author and Ecologist Sandra Steingraber to Present McKinley Lectures

April 05, 2010

Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert on the environmental links to cancer, will present the William McKinley Visiting Scholar Lectures at Malone College on Monday, February 17, at Mount Union College on Tuesday, February 18, and at Walsh University on Wednesday, February 19. 

Dr. Sandra Steingraber

Steingraber, a cancer survivor, is the author of "Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment." The book presents cancer as a human rights issue and has won praise from international media, including the Washington Post, The Nation, the Chicago Tribune, and the London Times. It is the first to bring together data on toxic releases - now finally made available under right-to-know laws - and newly released data from U.S. cancer registries.

Steingraber will speak at Malone College on Monday, February 17 at 4 p.m. in Silk Auditorium in Mitchell Hall. The topic of the lecture will be "First Environment: The Ecology of Pregnancy and Childbirth."

She will present a convocation at Mount Union College on Tuesday, February 18 at 10:30 a.m. in Presser Recital Hall, located in Cope Music Hall. The convocation topic is "Environmental Human Rights." That evening, she will present the formal lecture in the Mount Union Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The topic will be "Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment."

Steingraber will speak at Walsh University on Wednesday, February 19 at 2 p.m. in the DeVille Atrium in the David Center. The topic will be "Scientists Wear White and Poets Wear Black: Reflections on Biology and Creative Writing."

In 1997, Steingraber was named one of Ms. Magazine's Women of the Year. She received the first Altman Award from the Jennifer Altman Foundation for "inspiring and poetic use of science to elucidate the causes of cancer." She was honored with the Will Solimene Award from the American Medical Association for "excellence in medical communication." The Sierra Club heralded her as "the new Rachel Carson."

Steingraber's newest book, "Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood," is both a celebration and a call to arms. It is the story of one human birth and the frightening ways we are putting this miraculous process at risk. Steingraber tells the month-by-month story of her own pregnancy, including the transformation of the mother's body to nourish and protect new life.

Steingraber received her doctorate in biology from the University of Michigan and her master's degree in English from Illinois State University.

Steingraber has keynoted conferences on human health and the environment throughout the United States and Canada and has been invited to lecture at many universities, medical schools and teaching hospitals, including Harvard, Yale, and Cornell.

Interviews with Steingraber have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on National Public Radio and the "Today" show.

The William McKinley Visiting Scholar Program was made possible through an initial grant made jointly to the institutions of Malone College, Mount Union College and Walsh University by the First Educational and Charitable Trust, which was organized in 1967 with a grant from the Timken Foundation of Canton.

All presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Malone College at (330) 471-8119, Mount Union College at (330) 823-2695 and Walsh University at (330) 490-7123.

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