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Don Winklemann, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, is on campus this week

Oct 07, 2010

Don Winklemann, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, lectured at DelVal this week and will participate in the college’s Precarious Alliance symposium Oct. 7-9.


After teaching economics at Iowa State University, Winkelmann worked in developing countries for 30 years, forging ties among agriculture’s academic, private and public sectors. From 1972 to 1985 he headed the Economics Program of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico, which focuses on developing improved technologies for maize and wheat farmers in developing countries. In 1995 he became chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, which aims to alleviate poverty and protect the environment in developing countries.

Winklemann holds honorary doctorates from Punjab Agricultural University in India and El Colegio de Postgraduados in Mexico.

For more than 35 years, the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program has brought prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for week-long residencies of teaching and dialogue with students and faculty.

Through an intensive program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions, the Fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and non-academic worlds.

At the symposium, Winklemann will discuss topics that include: mediating poverty in developing countries through sustainable agriculture; agriculture’s effects on the environment—managing better from Kansas to Kenya; genetically modified organisms—poverty, ethics and recognizing potentials and trade-offs; globalization and the rural poor—upsides and downsides; immigration—winners and losers.

The symposium is the first in a series that will explore the barriers, opportunities and successes in moving toward more sustainable practices in where and how we live, eat, distribute and consume goods.

Among those serving elsewhere as Wilson Fellows are former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, author and human rights activist Taslima Nasrin and Dwight T. Pitcaithley, the former chief historian with the National Park Service.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program is an arm of the Council of Independent Colleges.