Passage to India
Alumna, Fulbright scholar to study women and biotechnology in rural India.
When Alison Palacios ’08 read Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace by Indian physicistturned-environmental-activist Vandana Shiva, she didn’t realize how much she would be affected by the book about genetic engineering, the privatization of natural resources and disempowerment of rural Indian women.
The St. Kate’s alumna graduated with honors in economics and international relations. Last October she submitted a Fulbright application to study the effects of biotechnology on women laborers in India. Recently she received the good news.
How do you feel about winning this highly coveted scholarship?
Tell us about your trip.
Then in 2011, I will spend January through April as a research scholar with the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Hyderabad. And on the side, I’ll work with the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, Vandana Shiva and Pioneer Seed Company to observe their training courses for farmers and access some of their data and corporate contacts.
You’re meeting Vandana Shiva, the author whose book inspired your trip?
Why is this work important now?
How do the lives of women in rural India affect us here in the United States?
— PAULINE OO