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Global agricultural expert to speak at Drake

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Florence Chenoweth

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu

Longtime agricultural expert Florence Chenoweth will present a lecture on food as a human right on Thursday, Oct. 16, as part of Drake University’s fall lecture series, “United States and the World.”

The event, which is presented in cooperation with the World Food Prize Institute, is free and open to the public. The lecture, “Food as a Human Right — A Huge but Achievable Challenge,” will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave.

For more than 20 years, Chenoweth has collaborated with political organizations in the agricultural field at the local, state and international level.

She served as the United Nations Food and Agriculture (FAO) representative to the United Nations and executive director of the FAO Liaison office in New York until September 2007.

She currently is teaching at the University of Wisconsin.

The “United States and the World” lecture series is sponsored by Drake’s Center for Global Citizenship in cooperation with the National Security Network.

For more information about the event, call 515-271-3843.

The schedule for the rest of the series is listed below. Events will start at 12:30 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center unless otherwise noted.

  • Sept. 23 — “Afghanistan: The Forgotten War” by J. Alexander Their, former legal adviser to Afghanistan’s Constitutional and Judicial Reform Commissions in Kabul.
  • Sept. 30 — “Transnational Challenges to Security” by Brian Katulis, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and co-author of the book, “The Prosperity Agenda.”
  • Oct. 7 — “International Terrorism” by Daniel Benjamin, director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brooking Institute.
  • Oct. 8 — “Shaky Past, Uncertain Future: U.S. – Iran Relations” by Gen. John Johns (U.S. Army, retired), Col. Richard Klass (U.S. Air Force, retired) and David Drake (Physicians for Social Responsibility). The lecture will begin at 4 p.m. in Bulldog Theater in Olmsted Center.
  • Oct. 14 — “Trends in Islam” by Ray Takeyh, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations, and Steven Simon, the Haib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations.
  • Oct. 22 — “Alternatives to Economic Globalization” by Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch division. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main.
  • Oct. 28 — “Keeping America Safe and Safeguarding American Values” by Army Reserve Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham.
  • Nov. 4 — “Religion and Democracy in the New South Africa” by Raymond Kumalo, lecturer at the School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  • Nov. 5 — “Forum on Global Migration” by T. March Bell, senior counsel for trafficking issues in the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Richard E. Scott, regional representative for North America and the Caribbean for the International Organization for Migration. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Parents Hall in Olmsted Center.
  • Dec. 9 — “The Limitations of Compellent Threats as a Tool of Power” by Todd Sechser, assistant professor of politics at Stanford University.