NOTICE (POSTED 9/22 ON TX STATE COMMON EXPERIENCE CALENDAR):
Events scheduled for October 4th featuring Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai have been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Monday, 10/4 • 7:00 p.m. • Strahan Coliseum
Texas State’s Fall Common Experience keynote speaker is Dr. Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Kenya and is the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree. In 1976, while she was serving the National Council of Women, Maathai introduced the idea of community-based tree planting. She continued to develop this idea into a broad-based grassroots organization whose main focus is poverty reduction and environmental conservation through tree planting. With the organization that became known as the Green Belt Movement, Maathai has assisted women in planting more than 40 million trees on community lands, including farms, schools, and church compounds. Maathai is internationally recognized for her persistent struggle for democracy, human rights, and environmental conservation. View a calendar of Common Experience events.