Noted journalist to speak at Honors College regarding global fight to end hunger, malnutrition

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.—Author Roger Thurow, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting, is headed to Purdue Honors College to discuss his dispatches from the global fight to end hunger and malnutrition. His public talk, “Outrage and Inspiration: The Real Hunger Games Triology,” is set for Thursday, Nov. 2 at noon in Honors Hall of HCRN.

Roger Thurow, author/journalist

The former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal spent 20 years based abroad in Europe and Africa. He is noted for his writing about the politics of world hunger and has authored two books on the topic, “Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty” and “The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change.” In addition, the United Nations has honored his reporting on humanitarian and development issues. Thurow is a senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an independent, nonpartisan organization seeking to provide insight to influence public discourse on critical global issues.

“His writing is exceptional in the way that it communicates the complicated dynamics of world hunger, including issues of globalization, national economic policies and the role of NGO’s, in easily intelligible terms for readers,” Honors College Professor Elizabeth Brite explained. “We are quite fortunate to have this opportunity to dialogue with a central figure in the global conversation on food security.”

Brite worked in concert with Distinguished Professor and World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Gebisa Ejeta to bring Thurow to campus. She believes the breadth of knowledge Thurow provides and his front-lines perspective will be valuable for both students and the community. Brite and Ejeta are co-teaching “HONR 299: Food Security” this fall and have included one of the author’s books in their curriculum.

HONR 299 explores food security in both global and local contexts. Students examine the operation, future directions and limitations of food security initiatives through lectures; site visits to locations such as Purdue Student Farm, Purdue Community Gardens, Food Finders and Purdue Dining; discussions and reflection activities.