Sheinberg Lecture Program

Past Sheinberg Scholars

2014

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). 

2013
Kathy Boudin
Director, Criminal Justice Initiative: Supporting Children, Families and Communities, Columbia University School of Social Work

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2011
Debbie Almontaser
Founding Principal, Khalil Gibran International Academy

 

2011
Dolores C. Huerta
Co-Founder and First Vice-President, United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO (UFW)
President, Dolores Huerta Foundation

 

2010
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

 

2007
Eva Jefferson Patterson
President and Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society

 

2005
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

 

2003
Baroness Helena Kennedy
Queen's Counsel

 

2001
Vivian Stromberg
Executive Director, MADRE

 

1999
Judge La Doris Hazzard Cordell
Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California

 

1998
Judge Constance Baker Motley
Senior Judge in the Southern District of New York

 

1997
Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Economist and Journalist

 

1996
Professor Dessima Williams
Brandeis University

 

1995
Gay McDougall
Executive Director, International Human Rights Law Group

 

1994
Bernardine Dohrn
Director, Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law

 

1993
Antonia Hernandez
President, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund