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Fulbright Global Food Security Seminar

Deanna Behring leads a discussion at the Fulbright Global Food Security Seminar at University Park; photo by Steve Williams

Deanna Behring leads a discussion at the Fulbright Global Food Security Seminar at University Park. PHOTO: STEVE WILLIAMS

Students representing 36 nations and universities from across the United States took part in the Fulbright Global Food Security Seminar hosted by the college. The four-day seminar featured events, panel discussions, farm tours, and opportunities for collaborative group work.

Ed Rajotte, professor of entomology; Audrey Maretzki, professor emerita of food science; Deanna Behring, director of international programs; and the Global Knowledge Initiative worked together to bring the seminar to Penn State.

Over the course of the seminar, students listened to a keynote address from Roger Thurow, a senior Fellow on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, as well as several panel discussions featuring Penn State professors and organization leaders, and attended field trips to agricultural enterprises on and off campus.

At the end of the seminar, students were placed into groups and given different food security issues to try to solve.

“They had a very short time in this collaborative manner to come up with a solution,” Rajotte said. “There were some that were quite innovative.”

Rajotte came away impressed. “The students were outgoing, will- ing to express their opinions, and had an upbeat attitude. They will be expected to become leaders in their home countries,” he said.