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Environmental Movement Leader and Mills Alumna Stephanie Mills to Speak at Mills College 2009 Convocation
Oakland, CA–September 11, 2009. Mills College celebrates the start of the academic year on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 with a Convocation address delivered by world-renowned environmental movement pioneer and Mills alumna Stephanie Mills. The College's 2009 Convocation begins at 10:15 am in the Littlefield Concert Hall. Mills will receive an honorary degree. All members of the public are invited.
Mills returns to her alma mater 40 years after delivering her 1969 commencement speech titled "The Future Is a Cruel Hoax.” The graduating senior vowed not to have children as a bold stance against overpopulation. Mills became a national sensation and launched herself as one of the pioneers of the environmental movement.
Mills is one of nine environmentalists featured in the recently released documentary film Earth Days by Robert Stone. Her current projects include a biography of peace activist and community economics pioneer Robert Swann and promoting an alternative local currency system to encourage local trade and reduce the impacts of global commerce.
Mills lives by the creed of bioregionalism, which she explained is to live in harmony with the local natural systems and to make choices that enhance the local ecology, economy, and culture. Mills said the term is admittedly “clumsy but a good conversation starter” and a necessary lifestyle to preserve the Earth as an interconnected system.
Mills' work and writing, which include the books Tough Little Beauties, Epicurean Simplicity, and In Service of the Wild illustrate personal responsibility for the environment.
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity to approximately 950 undergraduate women and 500 graduate women and men. Since 2000, applications to Mills College have more than doubled. The College is named one of the top colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, and ranks as one of the Best 371 Colleges by the Princeton Review. Forbes.com ranked Mills 55th among America's best colleges and named it a "Top Ten: Best of the All-Women's Colleges." Visit us at www.mills.edu.