Global Hunger Expert Roger Thurow to Headline UTIA International Showcase



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Roger Thurow, a distinguished journalist and author, will speak on his experiences in bringing global hunger issues to audiences through literature and how we can help address hunger in communities across the planet at UTIA Smith Center International Showcase September 27. Photo supplied.
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ­– A world with zero hunger is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. But what’s our role and responsibility in addressing hunger? On Thursday, September 27, Roger Thurow will answer this question and many others on the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture campus. 

Thurow, a distinguished journalist and author, will speak on his experiences in bringing global hunger issues to audiences through literature and how we can help address hunger in communities across the planet. With more than 20 years as a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, Thurow joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow on global food and agriculture in 2010. This focus led to authoring multiple books, including ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty, The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, and his most recent book, The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—and the World.

Utilizing the format of a talk show titled “The Real Hunger Games,” Thurow will field questions from Tom Gill, director of UTIA International Programs and Smith Chair in International Sustainable Agriculture. “Our annual UTIA international showcase is a great chance for UT faculty, staff and students to learn more about opportunities and ways to address global challenges,” says Gill. “Thurow has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and we are excited to dialog with him about the real issue of hunger facing communities here in the U.S. and around the world,” continued Gill.

UT faculty, staff, students and the general public are invited to attend at no cost. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. and be held in Hollingsworth Auditorium in the Ellington Plant Science Building on the corner of Joe Johnson Drive and E.J. Chapman Dr. The audience will also have an opportunity for questions and answers directly with Thurow as time allows.

Following the talk, attendees are encouraged to stay for the Herbert College of Agriculture Study Abroad Fair with complimentary ice cream and music.

The Smith Center for International Sustainable Agriculture, part of the UT Institute of Agriculture, helps empower faculty, staff and students to think and act globally in pursuit of sustainable solutions to our world’s agriculture, food and natural resource challenges.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrates 50 years of excellence in providing Real. Life. Solutions. through teaching, discovery and service. ag.tennessee.edu.

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Contact:

Tom Gill, Director of International Programs, 865-974-5797, tomgill@utk.edu



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