Sheinberg Lecture Program

Past Sheinberg Scholars


Winona LaDuke
Founder and Co-Director, Honor the Earth

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Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist who has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. LaDuke is founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups. With Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice. In her own community in northern Minnesota, she is the founder and Executive Director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based non-profit organizations in the country, and a leader on the issues of culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. Her work includes efforts to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. 

In 1994, Time magazine named LaDuke one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1997 she was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year. Other honors include the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Thomas Merton Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Global Green Award, and the prestigious International Slow Food Award for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity. In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. LaDuke also served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. 

LaDuke, a graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues, and is the author of six books, including The Militarization of Indian Country (2011), Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming (2005), All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (1999), and Last Standing Woman (1997). 

Kathy Boudin
Director, Criminal Justice Initiative: Supporting Children, Families and Communities, Columbia University School of Social Work

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Debbie Almontaser
Founding Principal, Khalil Gibran International Academy


Dolores C. Huerta
Co-Founder and First Vice-President, United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO (UFW)
President, Dolores Huerta Foundation


Anthony "Van" Jones
Senior Fellow, American Center for Progress
Policy Advisor, Green For All


2008 (Fall)
Monica Roa
Programmes Director, Women's Link Worldwide


2008 (Spring)
Tracie L. Washington
President & CEO, Louisiana Justice Institute


Eva Jefferson Patterson
President and Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society


Ellen M. Barry '78
Founder, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children


2004 (Fall)
Esther Chavez Cano
Founder & Director, Casa Amiga in Juarez, Mexico


2004 (Spring)
Constance L. Rice '84
Co-Director, Adancement Project


Baroness Helena Kennedy
Queen's Counsel


Vivian Stromberg
Executive Director, MADRE


Judge La Doris Hazzard Cordell
Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California


Judge Constance Baker Motley
Senior Judge in the Southern District of New York


Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Economist and Journalist


Professor Dessima Williams
Brandeis University


Gay McDougall
Executive Director, International Human Rights Law Group


Bernardine Dohrn
Director, Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law


Antonia Hernandez
President, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund