Roger Thurow to present ‘Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty’ at Global Poverty Conference Nov. 21

Nov. 2, 2009

Roger Thurow, Wall Street Journal reporter and co-author of “Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty,” will serve as the keynote speaker when Luther College hosts the Upper Midwest Global Poverty Conference on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Thurow will speak at 11:15 a.m. in Room 206 of Valders Hall of Science. His presentation is open to all Global Poverty Conference registrants.

To register for the conference, request a registration form by calling (202) 527-9738, by sending an email message to [email protected], or download a form at

Registration fee is $25, $20 for students, teachers and clergy members.

Led by Luther faculty members, workshop sessions of the Global Poverty Conference will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Franklin W. Olin Building. Sessions include:

  • “International Sexual Violence,” led by Jennifer Green, professor of sociology
  • “Population, Poverty and the Environment: A Matter of Justice,” led by James Martin-Schramm, professor of religion
  • “Micro-lending,” led by Brett Johnson, professor of sociology
  • “Millennium Development Goals,” led by James Rhodes, professor of political science
  • “Preaching and Poverty,” led by Carl-Eric Gentes, interim campus minister
  • Inter-Faith Dialogue and Peace,” led by Paul Gardner, professor of political science

Keynote speaker Thurow was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting and was honored by the United Nations in 2005 for his reporting on humanitarian and economic development issues.

In his book “Enough,” Thurow states that for more than 40 years, humankind has had the knowledge, tools, and resources to end chronic hunger worldwide. Yet at the start of the 21st century, each day 25,000 people die of hunger, malnutrition, and related diseases.

Thurow argues that famine is not a natural disaster but the result of bad political and social policies. He explains how the agricultural revolutions that transformed Asia and Latin America stopped short in Africa, and how our sometimes well-intentioned strategies keep the world’s poorest people hungry and unable to feed themselves.

He offers evidence that this generation is the one that could finally end the scourge of hunger that has haunted the human race since its beginning.

Roger Thurow