Madison, Wis. (April 7, 2014) – For the first time in its history, Edgewood College will host a Council of Independent Colleges Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
Ms. Florence Reed, President and Founder of Sustainable Harvest International, arrives on campus the week of April 14, 2014.
Ms. Reed will present her keynote lecture, “Sustaining the Planet and its People: Sustainable Family Farms as Key” at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Anderson Auditorium. Her lecture explores the global and local impact of unsustainable farming practices in tropical climates and Sustainable Harvest International’s unique and successful model for revering this harmful trend. This event is presented by the Dane County Chapter of the United Nations Association, the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Madison, and by the School of Integrative Studies and the Environmental Studies Program at Edgewood College.
Prior to founding Sustainable Harvest International, Ms. Reed served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama from 1991–93, focusing on agro-forestry and environmental conservation. She has received honorary degrees recognizing her work from the University of New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire University.
By hosting a Fellow, Edgewood College joins an impressive list of independent colleges from across the country that have participated in this program, which helps students and faculty explore how the classroom and campus relate to the broader society. By their own example, Fellows demonstrate that there are challenging opportunities for those who want to build a better world through professional activities and as informed citizens.
The Woodrow Wilson Fellows program has operated for more than 35 years as a way to bring prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, and business leaders to college campuses for substantive dialogue on timely topics.