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Drake launches public series to discuss food insecurity and hunger

September 23, 2014

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, Drake University will host Keegan Kautzky, director of national education programs for the World Food Prize Foundation, for a discussion on food insecurity and hunger. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Cowles Library Reading Room on Drake University’s campus, beginning at 7 p.m.

In his lecture, Kautzky will discuss strategies for engaging and inspiring the next generation of scientific and humanitarian leaders to end world hunger and poverty. Attendees will learn about new opportunities for engagement, and will better understand global struggles as evidenced by the World Food Prize.

Raised on a small family farm in Iowa, Kautzky has worked in Washington, D.C., Malawi, India, and South Africa, consulting for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the World Agroforestry Centre, Refugees International, the National Council for Agricultural Education, and the Rural Public Health & Health Transitions Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health.

This event is made possible by the Slay Fund for Social Justice at Drake University. The Slay Fund was launched by a gift to distinctlyDrake from Brent, ED’70, and Diane, ED’70, Slay. The fund supports Drake programs that advance social justice.

The additional events in the series will be held:
• Oct. 7: Local panel of hunger relief agencies (Cowles Reading Room)
• Oct. 16: Film/discussion, “A place at the table” (Sussman Theatre)

More details coming soon.

For more information on Kautzky’s lecture, contact Claudia Frazer at claudia.frazer@drake.edu or 515-271-3776 or  Priya Shenoy at priya.shenoy@drake.edu or 515-271-2879.