Goldman Prize Winner Ikal Angelei to Speak Sept. 14

September 13, 2012

Tim Lucas, 919-613-8084,

DURHAM, NC – Ikal Angelei, recipient of the prestigious 2012 Goldman Prize for Environmental Activism, will give a free public talk at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in room 158 of the Levine Science Research Center on Duke University’s West Campus.

She will discuss “Mega Dams vs. Local Livelihoods in Lake Turkana Region (Kenya/Ethiopia).”

In 2009, Angelei founded the nonprofit organization Friends of Lake Turkana in response to the proposed construction of the Gibe III Dam, a project that could threaten the food security and local economies of a half million people in Ethiopia and Kenya.  As a result of the organization’s work, major dam financers such as the World Bank withdrew funding for the project and the Kenyan Parliament demanded an independent environmental assessment of the dam’s impact.

Angelei’s talk is part of the 2012 Environmental Institutions Seminar Series, sponsored by the University PhD Program in Environmental Policy (UPEP) and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

UPEP is an interdisciplinary PhD program administered jointly by the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Angelei will also present a talk about her Lake Turkana work at noon Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the BorderWork(s) Humanities Lab in Smith Warehouse Bay 5, co-sponsored by BorderWork(s) and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute.   Lunch will be provided.  To reserve a seat and lunch for the Sept. 12 talk, you must register in advance by

Angelei’s visit to Duke is funded through a faculty small grant from Duke’s Middle East Studies Center.  The grant supports a weeklong residency by Angelei with the Focus class on Refugee Camp Security, which is part of the Focus Cluster on Humanitarian Challenges.

Her residency is being coordinated by Erika S. Weinthal, associate professor of environmental policy and associate dean for international programs at the Nicholas School, and Claudia Koonz, professor and Peabody Family Chair of history.