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Check out this article by Ashley Bray, MN Daily, about Roger Thurow's keynote speech at the Global Sustainable Bioenergy North American Convention!

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Interested in attending Roger Thurow's keynote presentation at the Global Sustainable Bioenergy North American Convention, but not sure?

Here's a preview of what Thurow will talk about on September 15.

Don't forget to see my last blog post for details on how you can get half-price tickets to Thurow's talk! 


thurow2.jpgRoger Thurow, author of ENOUGH: Why the World's Poorest are Starving in an Age of Plenty will be speaking at the Marquette Hotel on Tuesday, September 15 as part of the Global Sustainable Bioenergy North American Convention. 

His talk, Raising the Clamor on Ending Hunger, will focus on opening our eyes to the problem of world hunger and how we can focus on ending this widespread problem through grassroots efforts, government policies and agriculture development.

Thurow will be signing copies of his book after the presentation.  Copies of ENOUGH can be bought through pre-sale on the registration site, or at the event.

Want to see Thurow's inspiring presentation, but can't afford the $30 price tag?  As thanks for reading the IonEvents blog, we'll give you half off the admission price to this event!

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  • Select "Sept 15 - Keynote by Roger Thurow (only): $30.00"
  • In the "Discount Code" box, enter blog15
  • Proceed through the registration process - your final fee will be discounted $15!
The keynote address for the Global Sustainable Bioenergy North American Convention will be given by Roger Thurow.  Tickets are available for $30 to those not attending the GSB Convention. 

Who is Roger Thurow?

thurow2.jpgRoger Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he served as a Journal foreign correspondent, based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century - along with 10 Olympic Games.

In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. Their reporting on humanitarian and development issues was also honored by the United Nations. Thurow and Kilman are authors of the recent book, ENOUGH: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty.

ENOUGH.jpgThe book explains through vivid human stories how the agricultural revolutions that transformed Asia and Latin America stopped short in Africa, and how sometimes well-intentioned strategies have conspired to keep the world's poorest people hungry and unable to feed themselves. Thurow and Kilman argue that this generation is the one that could finally end the scourge that has haunted the human race since its beginning.

In 2009, the authors were awarded Action Against Hunger's Humanitarian Award.

Tickets to the keynote address are included in the registration fee and can also be purchased individually for $30. See the GSB Registration Page for more information. Thurow will sign copies of ENOUGH following his keynote address.

Register now to attend the GSB Convention or Roger Thurow's presentation!

Register now for the Global Sustainable Bioenergy North American Convention! 

September 14-16, 2010
Marquette Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
Hosted by the Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, with significant funding support from the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE), is pleased to host the fifth of five continental conventions of the Global Sustainable Bioenergy (GSB) Project. North American convention co-chairs Jon Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, and John Sheehan, scientific program coordinator for biofuels and the global environment at the Institute on the Environment / IREE, invite you to participate in this important event.

The GSB Project is a collaborative effort involving universities and institutes around the world. The aim is to create a vision and path forward for bioenergy as a global resource. Today, there is a great deal of confusion about bioenergy--with questions being raised about how, and if, it is truly a part of a sustainable energy future.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Stephanie Szurek ( for more information about the convention or sponsoring for this prestigious, international convention.

  The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author(s) and not necessarily
  of the Institute on the Environment/University of Minnesota.

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