June 22, 2008
by Hudson Institute
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Author, teacher, social activist, and fifth-generation farmer WENDELL BERRY has written for many decades about American culture and society from the point of view of those who farm the land, leading the modern agrarian movement's critique of the urbanized, mass consumerism of industrial society. Berry's ongoing dialogue and friendship with geneticist WES JACKSON, founder of the Salina, Kansas-based Land Institute, author, and advocate for sustainable agriculture, dates back to the early 1980s. Their ideas and ongoing discussion have wide implications?not just for our food supply and for environmental conservation—but also in terms of economic development and a broader discussion in our society about responsible citizenship.
On Monday, June 30, Hudson Institute's Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal will host a two-part discussion with BERRY and JACKSON as well as University of Maryland steady-state economist HERMAN DALY; LINDA REED, CEO of the Montana Community Foundation; KARL STAUBER, president of the Danville (Virginia) Regional Foundation; DEE DAVIS, director of the Center for Rural Strategies (Kentucky); and ALEX ECHOLS, director of conservation programs, Philanthropy Roundtable (Washington, DC). Bradley Center research fellow KRISTA SHAFFER will serve as moderator. This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.
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