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Frances Moore Lappé to challenge Regis audience on environmental change

March 17, 2009

Weston, MA – Can we save our planet? This urgent question will be the focus of a special presentation Thursday at Regis College. Noted social change activist Frances Moore Lappé will appear March 19 at 2 p.m. in the Casey Theatre. Her topic: “Getting a Grip on the Environmental Crisis.”

Sponsored by the Regis College Honors Program, Frances Moore Lappé challenges her audience to examine its fundamental beliefs about who we are and how the world works. Being able to look at the world with different eyes, according to Lappé, will determine whether humanity can save the planet. Lappé offers fresh insights, startling facts, and stirring vignettes to uncover an emerging new and empowering framework.

“My intent is to enable us to see what is happening all around us, but is still invisible to most of us,” said Lappe. She describes her latest book, Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad, as an “aha” book that affirms our basic sanity and leaves readers feeling liberated and courageous.

Lappé is the author of 16 books, including the three-million-copy bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet, originally published in 1971. Her concept of a “living democracy” holds that not only do we vote in the voting booth, but we exercise our franchise every day by making choices about what we buy, the food we eat and how we live. She has written about world hunger and its roots in the maldistribution of resources. Her work on understanding and responding to world hunger, honed over more than 30 years, is no less central today as the world struggles with worsening social and environmental crises.

Lappé has received 17 honorary doctorates from distinguished institutions, and became the fourth American to receive the Right Livelihood Award sometimes called the Alternative Nobel in 1987. In 2003, she received the Rachel Carson Award from the National Nutritional Foods Association. She is one of twelve living "women whose words have changed the world" selected by the Women's National Book Association. In 2008, she was honored by the James Beard Foundation as the Humanitarian of the Year. You can visit her at www.smallplanet.org

Book sales and signing after the event.

Press Release: March 16, 2009
Contact: Marjorie Arons-Barron, (617)423-7770; aronsbarron@barronaw.com

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