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"Diet for a Small Planet" Author Frances Moore Lappi to Keynote at Annual PSU Weekend
Author: Haili J. Graff, Office of University Communications, 503-725-3711
Posted: October 1, 2007

FrancesLappe.jpgBest-selling author Frances Moore Lappé comes to Portland State University on Saturday, October 27, 2007, as the keynote speaker for PSU’s 17th annual community educational event “PSU Weekend.” Lappé will give a talk based on her latest book, “Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, & Courage in a World Gone Mad.”

Frances Moore Lappé is best known as the author of the 1971 three-million-copy bestseller, “Diet for a Small Planet,” which awakened a whole generation to the human-made causes of hunger and the significance of everyday choices. Lappé and her daughter lead the Cambridge-based Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education to bring democracy to life. In 1975, she helped launch the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) to educate Americans about the causes of world hunger, and in 1987 became the fourth American to receive the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the Alternative Nobel, for her “vision and work healing our planet and uplifting humanity.”

The brunch with Lappé headlines PSU Weekend, which also features ten free lectures on a variety of topics including:
* “A Tandem Look at Portland’s Bicycle Culture,” Commissioner Sam Adams and Jennifer Dill, associate professor, PSU
* “Economics of Aging: What Baby Boomers Should Know About Retirement,” Jost Lottes, director, PSU Senior Adult Learning Center
* “Glaciers on the Rocks,” Andrew Fountain, professor, PSU
* “Ripening Support for Portland Public Market,” Ron Paul, restaurateur/director, Portland Public Market Foundation

Tickets for the brunch are $30; lecture-only admission is $15 for the general public, $12 for PSUAA Members, and $10 for students. The brunch will be held in the ballroom at Portland State’s Smith Memorial Student Union (1825 SW Broadway, third floor); seating at 10:30 a.m. For more information on the brunch or the seminars visit

A VIP reception at the Eco Trust Building (721 NW Ninth Ave.) will be held on Friday, October 26, and will give guests the opportunity to meet and talk with Lappé. Tickets are $125 for the preview night party, which includes entrance into brunch the next day. Members of the public who would like to attend either event should call 503-725-4949 or e-mail for reservations. Media should e-mail or fax interview or seating requests to Jim Turner at or 503-725-5074.

Frances Moore Lappé’s life and work have been featured in O Magazine, Glamour, People, and Vegetarian Times, along with many other publications. Her television and radio appearances have included MSN “Hardball,” a PBS special with Bill Moyers, the “Today Show,” CBS Radio and National Public Radio. Her book awards include the World Hunger Media Award and the Henry George Award, as well as a 2003 Nautilus Award in the category of social change from the Network of Alternative Publishers and Retailers for her book “Hope’s Edge.” She is a contributing editor to Yes! Magazine, a founding councilor of the World Future Council, a member of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture and serves on the National Advisory Council of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

PSU Weekend this year runs October 26–27 and offers ten free seminars on Saturday, October 27. All lectures are held in the Smith Memorial Student Union (1825 SW Broadway) unless otherwise noted. Call 503-725-4949 for more information or to pre-register. PSU Weekend is Portland State’s nontraditional homecoming, organized and sponsored by the PSU Alumni Association. Past speakers have included NPR’s “Weekend Edition” host Scott Simon, critically acclaimed author Bruce Feiler, award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker Dayton Duncan, and American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Halberstam.

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Source: Jim Turner (503-725-8210)
PSU Department of Alumni Relations