Presidential Speaker Series: Wangari Maathai


Presidential Speaker Series

The Gonzaga University community is saddened to learn that Dr. Wangari Maathai died of cancer in Nairobi on Sunday, September 25.  She was 71 years old. Her extraordinary life brought her from rural village beginnings in her native (pre-independence) Kenya to international recognition as a scientist, activist, environmentalist, politician, author and humanitarian. Recognized with the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2004, she was most closely associated with the Green Belt Movement, which she founded in the 1970’s. Even as we join with the international community in our prayers for her family and colleagues, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of her life and the impact she had on millions across the African continent and around the world.

Ticket Questions

Tickets purchased at the McCarthey Athletic Center ticket box office for the originally scheduled October 6 Presidential Lecture event can be refunded there Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm. Tickets purchased via TicketsWest outlet locations can be refunded at the Spokane Arena box office Mon through Friday, 10am to 6pm or tickets can be mailed to: TicketsWest, 720 W. Mallon Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201.


Faculty and students in Environmental Studies and Psychology, with support from Sodexo Zag Dining, are hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary Taking Root on Wednesday, October 12 at 7pm to honor the life and work of Dr. Maathai.  Seating is limited and RSVP is required.


Angela Ruff
(509) 313-3572