Nobel and Beyond: Building on the Legacy of a Hunger Fighter

Nobel and Beyond: Building on the Legacy of a Hunger Fighter
Thursday, December 10, 9:30AM - 11AM (CST)

Join us as we commemorate the 50 year anniversary of Norman E. Borlaug receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. This program will bring to the forefront the current hunger challenges facing the planet today and attention to viable solutions.

During this virtual program, we hope to increase the visibility of food security research, inspired by Borlaug’s legacy, especially as the World Food Programme receives their Nobel Peace Prize on the same day. The virtual event will feature special remarks from Norman Borlaug’s daughter, Jeanie Borlaug, and a sneak peek at his historic prize medals. The event will also feature prominent speakers discussing their vision for fighting hunger for the next 50 years.

Featured speakers:

  • Jeanie Borlaug Laube, daughter of Norman Borlaug, Former Chair of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative, speaking about "Educating the Next Generation of Hunger Fighters"
  • Ronnie Coffman, International Professor of Plant Breeding at Cornell University, who was with Norman Borlaug in the field the day he received the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Hale Ann Tufan, Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Plant Breeding Section at Cornell University, presenting "Take it to all the farmers: Women and girls at the center of food security"
  • Shenggen Fan, ’82 Ag Economics, Chair Professor at the College of Economics and Management at China Agricultural University, discussing "Global Food System Transformation: Roles of Policy, Technologies and Institutions"
  • Barbara Stinson, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, and Minnesota Youth Institute representatives

This event will be moderated by James BradeenProfessor and Head, Department of Plant Pathology, UMN. There will be an opportunity to converse with some of the speakers immediately following the formal program.

Do you know a CFANS student, faculty member, or alumna/us working to fight hunger? Submit their name as part of our effort to highlight CFANS Hunger Fighters as we celebrate this milestone of 50 years since Norman Borlaug's Nobel Peace Prize.


Norman E. Borlaug spent seven decades of life combating world hunger. He attended the University of Minnesota, where he studied forestry, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1937. He received a master’s degree in plant pathology and genetics two years later, and earned his PhD in 1942, both from the University of Minnesota. Many University graduates followed him into international agriculture, and more than a dozen worked directly for him. He and his team of scientists and farmers are credited as being seminal in mankind’s greatest achievement in the age-old struggle against hunger—the ‘Green Revolution’.


Presented by CFANS Alumni and Constituent Relations and the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota.

Questions? Contact cfansevents@umn.edu.

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