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From The Dusty Soil: What a Village in India Taught Me About the Global Village

Wrigley Lecture Series

Jeff Biggers

  • Writer, educator, radio correspondent, and community organizer across the United States, Europe, India and Mexico

Jeff Biggers will discuss Mitraniketan, a legendary village revitalization project in Kerala that turned one of the most deforested, overpopulated, and depressed villages in India into a model of sustainable living and ecological restoration, following the visionary ideas of adivasi forest communities and traditions of Gandhi, Tagore, the Danish folk school, and TVA chair and Antioch President Arthur Morgan.

Jeff Biggers work has taken him acrosss the US, Europe, India, and Mexico. His award-winning stories have appeared on NPR, PRI, and in scores of travel, literary and music magazines, and national and foreign newspapers. He is the author of In the Sierra Madre and The United States of Appalachia.

Thursday, February 21, 2008