Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Muta Maathai of Kenya, founder of the Green Belt Movement, author and advocate for African democracy, will be the speaker at Gonzaga University’s Presidential Speaker Series event on Oct. 6, 6 p.m., at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Her presentation will include a screening of the award-winning documentary, “Taking Root,” which chronicles her work in pan-African forest conservation.
Tickets are $10 for the public, $7 for seniors and $5 for students and employees of any educational institution. Tickets can be purchased at www.gonzaga.edu/wangari or through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT or www.ticketswest.com).
By the way, this means that Gonzaga University this school year will be hosting a Nobel Peace Prize winner and two Pulitzer Prize winners (both for fiction). We previously noted that Jennifer Egan, author of 2011 Pulitzer winner “A Visit from the Goon Squad” will speak on Jan. 31 and Junot Diaz, 2008 Pulitzer winner for “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” will speak on Feb. 22 as part of Gonzaga University’s Visiting Writers Series. Those two events will be free.