"Feeding the Hungry: Food Security and Genetic Technology," the 17th Annual Mansfield Conference, will take place Sunday through Tuesday, Nov. 19-21, at the University of Montana. All events are open to the public free of charge unless noted.
7:30 p.m.: Keynote address, "The Global Food Fight: Genetically Modified Foods at Home and Abroad," Robert Paarlberg, associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and professor of political science at Wellesley College, University Center Theater, third floor University Center, University of Montana.
9 -11 a.m.: "You Are What You Eat: Genetically Modified Foods in a Local and Asian Perspectives," panel discussion with Jon Tester, state legislator and wheat farmer; Robert Paarlberg, Harvard University; Sarah Halvorson, UM Department of Geography professor; Luther Tarbet, Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology at Montana State University; and Richard Manning, journalist and author of "Food's Frontier: The Next Green Revolution"; and moderator Neva Hassanein, UM Department of Environmental Studies professor. Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall, UM.
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Noon: Special event, World Affairs Council of Montana, "Whatever Happened to American Diplomacy?: A Montana Foreign Policy Forum and Light Luncheon," with Ambassador William Harrop.
2-3:30 p.m.: "Hungry in Montana: Food Insecurity in Our Backyard," a panel discussion with UM sociology professor Paul Miller; Montana Food Bank Network director Peggy Grimes; Frances Moore Lappe, visiting scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Steve Kalin, Albertson's grocery store manager; and moderator Minkie Medora, director of nutrition at Community Medical Center and co-founder of the Montana Hunger Coalition. Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall, UM.
7:30 p.m.: Keynote address, "Diet for a Smaller Planet: Nutrition, Agriculture and Biotechnology: What I've Learned in 30 Years," Frances Moore Lappe, author of "Diet for a Small Planet" and "World Hunger: Twelve Myths," and visiting scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UC Theater, third floor, University Center, UM.
9-10:30 a.m.: "Crossing Tomatoes and Trout: The Ethics of Playing God," a panel discussion with geneticist and UM Department of Environmental Health Sciences professor Elizabeth Putnan; Josh Slotnick, Garden City Harvest/UM PEAS Program and co-owner Clark Fork Organics; the Rev. Steve Valentine, Missoula Alliance Church; UM philosophy professor Deborah Slicer; and moderator Liz Rantz, physician, president of Poverello Center board of directors, founder of People of Faith, People of Action. Dell Brown Room, Turner Hall, UM.
7 p.m.: Keynote performance, Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company of San Francisco, a benefit for the Missoula Food Bank, Garden City Harvest/UM PEAS Program and the Poverello Center. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children under 15, available at the Good Food Store, Rockin Rudy's, Tick-It-E-Z locations or at the door.
Ginny Merriam, Missoulian