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"Small Plots, Big Change: The Role and Potential of Small Scale Farming to Feed the Hungry"
The Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) department at Wheaton College presents the eighth annual HNGR Symposium February 28 - March 1. Titled "Small Plots, Big Change: The Role and Potential of Small Scale Farming to Feed the Hungry," this year's symposium focuses on the challenges that are inherent to small scale agriculture. Through the keynote addresses and other events on the schedule, the symposium will explore avenues of engaging and strengthening the work done by small scale farmers. The keynote speakers are Roger Thurow and Dr. Gebisa Ejeta. Roger Thurow is Senior Fellow on Global Agriculture and Food Policy at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He is the author of The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change (PublicAffairs, 2012) and co-author of Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty ( PublicAffairs, 2010). Thurow was awarded the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2009. Dr. Ejeta is the son of small scale farmers and is Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and International Agriculture at Purdue University. Among his many awards, Ejeta was the recipient of the 2009 World Food Prize; and a national medal of honor from the president of Ethiopia. Free and open to the public, this two-day event takes place at various locations on Wheaton College's campus. For schedule information, call HNGR at 630.752.5199 or visit www.wheaton.edu/HNGR.
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Wheaton College is a private, residential and interdenominational Christian liberal arts college. Founded in 1860, Wheaton College has committed to preparing students to live in adherence with the motto, "For Christ and His Kingdom." Wheaton College has received recognition from U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, the 2010 Fiske Guide to Colleges, Kiplinger's, The Insider's Guide and Colleges that Change Lives, in each publications' college rankings. Of Wheaton's 300 faculty members, 94 percent of full-time faculty have a doctorate or other degree, while approximately 10 percent of permanent faculty hold endowed professorships. With more than 30 majors available to undergraduates in the Arts & Sciences program, Applied Health Science, Business/Economics, Communication, English and Psychology have the highest enrollment. Approximately 88 percent of undergraduate students live on campus in residence halls or one of more than 25 college-owned apartment buildings and houses. Extracurricular opportunities at Wheaton College include study abroad programs, Student Government, the school newspaper, intramural and club sports, music organizations and ministry/service opportunities.