Food Studies Program

2019 Presidents United to Solve Hunger: Agenda

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March 14-15, 2019
University Events Room, Glickman Library, 7th Floor
314 Forest Avenue
University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME

Fulfilling the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security
Five Years of PUSH in Action



Registration/Meet and Greet

Opening Remarks
Moderator: June Henton, Dean College of Human Sciences, Auburn University

  • Jeannine Diddle Uzzi, Provost, University of Southern Maine
  • Andrew Seligsohn, National Director, Campus Compact


Presidents/Chancellors Panel
Defining a University That Is Socially Responsible and Globally Aware
Moderator: [TBD]

  • Jim Dlugos, President, St. Joseph’s College
  • Alastair Summerlee, President Emeritus, University of Guelph (Canada)

UN Challenge 2030: Working to Achieve a Zero Hunger World
Moderator: Max Finberg, President and CEO, Growing Hope Globally

  • Vimlendra Sharan, Director, Food and Agriculture Liaison Office, Washington, DC
  • David Austin, Director of Strategic Partnerships, World Food Programme
  • The Honorable Babajimi Benson, House of Representatives, Nigeria; Founder iCare Food Bank
  • Alaina Lynch, Research Manager, UN Sustainable Solutions Development Network

Creating the Public Will to End Hunger: Extending the Impact of the University Locally and Globally
Moderator: Kara Newby, Operations Manager, Hunger Solutions Institute, Auburn University

  • Alicia Powers, Director of Strategy/Policy, Hunger Solutions Institute, Auburn University
  • Wayne Johnson, International Affairs Director, NHL Stenden University, Netherlands

Creating the Political Will to Fight Hunger: Why Policy Matters
Moderator: Harriet Giles, Managing Director, Hunger Solutions Institute, Auburn University

  • Max Finberg, President and CEO, Growing Hope Globally
  • Pat Nicklin, Vice-Chair, Alliance to End Hunger
  • Meredith Dodson, Director, US Poverty Campaigns, RESULTS
  • Chuka Emezue, PhD Candidate and Sinclair Fellow, University of Missouri - Columbia

Dinner and Keynote

  • Welcome: Lisa Phelps, Interim Director, University of Maine Cooperative Extension System
  • Special Presentation: Glenn Cummings, President, University of Southern Maine
  • Keynote: Merlyn Bowen, Director of Business Development, Sodexo



Networking Breakfast

Engaging Faculty and Empowering a New Generation of Leaders
Moderator: Lisa Morin, Coordinator, Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, University of Maine

  • Michael Hillard, Food Studies Program Chair, University of Southern Maine
  • Frank Wertheim, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • Kate Thornton, Director of Global Education, Auburn University
  • Brytni Emison, Senior, Global Studies and Political Science, Auburn University

Closing Remarks
June Henton, Dean, College of Human Sciences, Auburn University