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Roger Thurow Lecture and Reception: October 11, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, College of Public Health

To: 
Deans, Directors, and Departmental Executive Officers
From: 
P. Barry Butler, Executive Vice President and Provost
Date: 
September 26, 2016
Subject: 
Roger Thurow Lecture and Reception: October 11, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, College of Public Health

I am pleased to announce that author and journalist Roger Thurow will be a guest of the Office of the Provost and College of Public Health on Tuesday, October 11.  His visit is by special arrangement with the World Food Prize Organization in Des Moines. 

There will be a public lecture at 5:00 pm in the Callahan Auditorium of the College of Public Health Building (CPHB), followed by a reception.   The title of his lecture will be 1,000 Days to Change the World: Stories from the Fight to End Early Childhood Malnutrition.”

Thurow, an alumnus of the University of Iowa, joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow for global food and agricultural in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal.  For 20 years, he served as a Journal foreign correspondent, based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the reunification of Germany, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century – along with 10 Olympic Games.

In 2003, Thurow and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. Thurow and Kilman are authors of the book, ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award.

In May 2012, Thurow published his second book, The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change. His new book, The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World, was published in May this year.

He will also speak that evening at 7:00 pm at the Prairie Lights bookstore.

For further information or requests for special accommodation, please contact Dan McMillan, Strategic Communications Director, College of Public Health, (319) 335-6835, daniel-mcmillan@uiowa.edu.

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