2013-2014 Season

2013-2014 SEASON



The Role of Water and Food Security in Early Childhood Survival and Development: A Global Perspective

Lecture from April 22, 2014

A Conversation with:

Dr. Chris Elias, president of the Global Development Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, residing in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Joan Lombardi, former deputy assistant secretary and inter-departmental liaison for early childhood education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; national and international expert on early childhood education, residing in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Nurper Ulkuer, former head, Early Childhood Development Unit, and senior adviser for early childhood development, UNICEF, residing in Ankara, Turkey.

Read the full news release: Panelists: "Proper Nutrition, Water, Sanitation Key to Children's Health"





Our Culture War Over Food and Farming

Lecture from February 27, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Robert Paarlberg





Regaining the U.S. Lead in Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education

Lecture from January 14, 2014

Part 1. Setting the Stage: The Current Situation
Part 2. Panel Dialogue: What Needs to Happen?

A Conversation with:

Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA under secretary for research, education and economics

Dan Glickman,, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Dr. Philip G. Pardey,professor, University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics, director of the University's International Science and Technology Practice and Policy Center

Read the full news release: Panel: U.S. Ag Research Spending Lags, But It Must Remain Global Leader





Rural America: New Markets, New Understanding, Unlimited Opportunity

Lecture from November 5, 2013

Speaker: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

Read the full news release: Vilsack: Rural America Has Much to Gain but Must Tell Story Better





Beyond GMOs to a More Honest Dialogue about Our Food

Lecture from September 30, 2013

Speaker: Sally Mackenzie, Ralph and Alice Raikes Professor of Plant Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Read the full news release: UNL Scientist: Genetic Modification One Key Tool for Feeding Growing Population