Upcoming Program: Glenn Stone

Washington University in St. Louis

Unraveled Myths: The Green Revolution and the Gene Revolution

Thursday, September 3, 2020 
Virtual program on YouTube live, 7 p.m.
(Rescheduled from 4/7/20)

Link to live stream: https://youtu.be/5wTBoZ7WmwU

An expert in diverse types of agricultural systems around the world, Stone finds that two of the most cherished narratives of technological success in development aimed at improving agriculture in these communities fall apart under scrutiny.

The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of anthropology, archaeology, history, and environmental studies and the Food Studies Program.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Glenn Stone is an anthropologist whose work centers on the politics and ecology of food and agriculture, including smallholder, alternative, and capitalist industrial agriculture and agricultural biotechnology (GMO’s).  His fieldwork has been in Nigeria, India, the Philippines, and Appalachia, with additional research in prehistoric archaeology in the U.S. Midwest and Southwest and in a biotechnology laboratory.  Author of one book and and over 70 academic articles, he has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the School for Advanced Research, and most recently the Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He is past president of the Anthropology & Environment Society.  He is currently Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Upcoming Program: A snapshot of our upcoming programs is listed below. A more detailed schedule will be available in early August.

Thursday, September 3, 2020
Unraveled Myths: The Green Revolution and the Gene Revolution
Glenn Stone, Washington University in St. Louis

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Lethal Flows: The U.S. Role in Arms Transfers and Arms Trafficking to Latin America and the Caribbean
Adam Isacson, WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas 

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Winfield C. Cook Constitution Day Address
How to Be an Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning historian and author of Stamped From The Beginning

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, University of Denver

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Devising Civic Practice: Listening is the New Revolution
Michael Rohd, Center for Performance and Civic Practice

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Overdoing Democracy: The Problem of Polarization
Robert Talisse, Vanderbilt University






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