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Senior Fellow for Global Agriculture and Food Policy Roger Thurow speaks to INTAG 100 class about ending hunger

Posted: May 17, 2011

On April 26, Roger Thurow from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs spoke to 40 students enrolled in INTAG 100: Introduction to International Agriculture, one of the core courses for the minor in International Agriculture. His presentation was titled, "RAISE THE CLAMOR: WHY NOT HUNGER? -- We find ourselves at a moment of great opportunity in the battle against hunger, and we dare not squander it. It is time to raise the clamor and make ending hunger through agriculture development the great populist cause of this decade. "

Roger Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal.   For 20 years, he served as a Journal foreign correspondent, based in Europe and Africa.  His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century – along with 10 Olympic Games.

In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting.  Their reporting on humanitarian and development issues was also honored by the United Nations.  Thurow and Kilman are authors of the recent book, ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty.  In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award.  They also received the 2009 Harry Chapin Why Hunger book award.

INTAG 100 focuses on five key issues related to global agriculture:  economics, socio-cultural, technology, climate change, and politics.  It is co-taught by Deanna Behring and Tom Gill.  For more information, please contact Deanna Behring at dmb37@psu.edu.