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Hunger in the Midst of Plenty: Causes and Solutions

FALL 2001

Advances in agriculture allow for the production of enough food to feed everyone in the world. Yet many people do not have enough to eat while others never lack for food. Hungry people can be found in foreign countries, throughout America, and right here in Allentown. From September 10-21, the Center for Ethics will sponsor a series of programs to help us understand the basic issues surrounding hunger, consumption, and food distribution. Programs will include lectures, experiential learning opportunities, and social action events.

Common Interest
September 10-21

Faculty members across campus will integrate the Center's theme into course curricula, providing a unique, cross-disciplinary learning environment. Students will learn about world hunger from a variety of perspectives and will be able to understand the issues surrounding hunger with greater depth.


World Game Institute
Monday, September 10, 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Life Sports Center

The World Game is a hands-on learning experience, played on a giant world map. Each participant represents a stakeholder in the world economy (e.g., the farmers of a particular country, or a member of the world bank). Divided into regional teams, players strive to develop solutions to local, national, and international problems. The game is customized and will make direct connections between our local, regional, and state economies. The game can accommodate up to 200 players.


Population Resource Center
Wednesday, September 12, 8 p.m.
Miller Forum

Presentation by Dr. Charles Westhoff (Princeton University) on U.S. population policy at home and abroad, and on population projections and demand for food. This lecture is free and open to the public.


Hunger Banquet
Wednesday, September 19, 5:30 p.m.
Miller Forum

Student-run program that offers participants an experiential introduction to international food distribution. During the meal, presenters offer facts about world food production and distribution, and lead participants in discussion.


Panel Discussion: Reducing World Hunger
Thursday, September 20, 8 p.m.

Chapel
A panel of international experts debates potential solutions to the problem of world hunger. This lively discussion will identify the things we can do to contribute to a reduction in hunger. Panelists will include scientists, representatives from developing nations, a representative from the food production industry, and an environmental activist. One focus of the discussion will be on debates over the development of genetically engineered crops. This event is free and open to the public.

Associated Programs

Student groups are joining together to raise money for "The Heifer Project," an international program that provides income-producing animals such as chickens, cows, and bees to needy families all over the world. These efforts will be coordinated through the Community Service office. For more information about the project, see www.heifer.org

Student groups will sponsor information tables in Seegers Union to address hunger from particular perspectives related to the mission of their group. This will be coordinated by student leaders.

The Chapel service on Sunday, September 9, 1 p.m., will include study and reflection on issues of world hunger, coordinated by Chaplain Peter Bredlau.


Lecture/Demonstration
Tuesday, October 2, 7 p.m.

Baker Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance
Bonnie Marranca will present a lecture/demonstration exploring themes of hunger in the work of contemporary, American playwright Wallace Shawn. Ms. Marranca's presentation will include excerpts from Shawn's plays performed by professional actors, including Devon Allen; directed by Assistant Professor Dr. James Peck.

Ms. Marranca is founder and editor of Performing Arts Journal and one of the most respected writers on the arts in the US and abroad.

This event is free and open to the public.