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Carol Moseley Braun to visit UMass Dartmouth Campus April 15th

The first and only female African-American Senator, Democratic presidential candidate, and former Ambassador to New Zealand, Carol Moseley Braun, will speak at UMass Dartmouth as part of a day-long visit April 15.

The first and only female African-American Senator, Democratic presidential candidate, and former Ambassador to New Zealand, Carol Moseley Braun, will speak at UMass Dartmouth as part of a day-long visit.  

Ambassador Braun will give a talk at 2 p.m. in the Main Auditorium Entitled "Thinking Green:  Living Organically through Sustainable Practices," this talk is free and open to the public and focus' on her work with her company, Ambassador Organics.  http://www.ambassadororganics.com/

Ambassador Braun is the keynote speaker for the 3rd Annual Women's Studies Program/Women's Resource Center fund-raiser and the talk will focus on Braun's political work and issues of race and gender.  Tickets available online at www.umassd.edu/cas/wms/speaker.cfm

This year the UMass Dartmouth Women's Resource Center is celebrating a 40 year Anniversary. It is the 2nd oldest college women's resource center in the country. This event will further the endowment for the Women's Studies Program and the Women's Resource Center which provides scholarships for students and establishes a Speaker Series to help bring women leaders to campus.  

The event is sponsored by the Women's Resource Center, the Women's Studies Program, the College of Arts & Sciences, the International Student & Scholar Center, the Office of Campus & Community Sustainability, the Frederick Douglass Unity House and the Division of Student Affairs. For more information on the event contact Dr. Juli Parker at 508.910.4584 jparker@umassd.edu

Information about Carol Moseley Braun
Ambassador Braun ultimately pursued a career path in public service and hailing from a largely agricultural state, became involved in agriculture policy. First, in the Illinois state legislature, and later as a United States Senator, she continued to express her commitment to sustainable farm policy. Working towards improved food safety, health and nutrition were priorities during her years in the legislature. As Ambassador to New Zealand, she became an advocate for sustainable American agriculture in trade discussions and negotiations.

As the first permanent female member of the Senate Finance Committee, she proposed modern federal school construction legislation, and women's pension equity laws, and advocated for health care reform and support of family farms. She sponsored Environmental Justice legislation, historic preservation of the Underground Railroad, and the first federal support of Lupus research. She was a co-sponsor of a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment. Her legislative record reflects a commitment to social progress and fiscal prudence.

Transitioning to the private sector in 2001 after nearly 30 years in public service, Ambassador Braun had the good fortune to be introduced to the Michael Fields Institute in East Troy, WI, where her path to the organic products industry started with an initiation to Biodynamic agriculture. She embraced biodynamics as a holistic, sustainable agricultural system that could provide the American people with a healthier environment and better quality food production.

This "back to the future" inspiration gave rise in 2005 to Good Food Organics®, a company to produce and promote Biodynamic and organic products in the grocery industry. Ambassador Braun continues to engage in the debate about the availability of quality food for Americans, but as a private sector businesswoman with an identifiable, high quality line of products.

 

Author:  "Juli Parker"
Date:  23-Mar-2010
Department:   Women'S Resource Center

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