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The global food crisis

Barry McNamara
03/23/2011
Political economist Raj Patel will present the annual Donald B. McMullen Memorial Lecture in Biology at Monmouth College on March 29 at 11 a.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

Entitled “How to Feed Africa and America,” the lecture is free and open to the public. While on campus, Patel will also speak to classes taught by assistant professor of chemistry Brad Sturgeon and political science professor Ira Smolensky.

An award-winning writer and activist, Patel has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the U.S. House Financial Services Committee and is an adviser to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

In addition to numerous scholarly publications, Patel regularly writes for major newspapers and magazines. His first book was “Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System,” and his latest, “The Value of Nothing,” which has been called “a popular critique of capitalism,” is a New York Times bestseller.

Patel is a visiting scholar in the Center for African Studies at the University of California-Berkeley, a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy and a research associate at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He has received degrees from Oxford University, the London School of Economics and Cornell University.

The McMullen Lectureship in Biology was endowed in 1973 by Mrs. Donald McMullen of Silver Springs, Md., in memory of her husband, who was a biology professor at Monmouth College from 1928 to 1938. The fund was established to assist the college in bringing to campus
outstanding scholars in the biological sciences.