Biologist And Author Sandra Steingraber To Speak At Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The biologist who authored the acclaimed book “Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment” will give a free public presentation at Ithaca College on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Sandra Steingraber will speak on “The Importance of Journalism and Independent Media in an Age of Ecological Crisis” at 7:30 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium.

An expert on the environmental causes of cancer and reproductive problems, Steingraber is herself a survivor of bladder cancer, a disease linked to chemical pollutants. After “Living Downstream” was published, “Ms.” magazine named her a “woman of the year” and the Sierra Club called her “the new Rachel Carson.” A documentary film based on “Living Downstream” will be released this spring.

A poet as well as a scientist, Steingraber is a powerful writer and in-depth researcher. She was a science reporter for a major Detroit newspaper and is now a columnist and contributing editor for the independent “Orion” magazine. Her book “Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood” is both a memoir of her pregnancy and an examination of environmental threats to fetal development. She was a featured expert in the Bill Moyers PBS documentary “Kids and Chemicals: Are We Poisoning Our Children?”

Since 2003, Steingraber has served as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence in Ithaca College’s Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies.

Her lecture is sponsored by the Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM). Based in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, PCIM is a national center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems and news organizations. 

For more information, contact PCIM director Jeff Cohen at or (607) 274-1330.

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