Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow to Spend Week at Hood

FREDERICK, Maryland—Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Hiram Larew, Ph.D., will give a public lecture at Hood College on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Commons as part of his weeklong residency on campus.

Hiram LarewLarew’s talk, “Looking into the Bare Cupboard: The Role of Poetry in Fighting Hunger,” will discuss the role of poetry and the humanities in fighting hunger both in the U.S. and globally.

During his week residency, he will visit classes to discuss global engagement, including strategies, challenges and funding opportunities; food security at home and abroad; career opportunities in international development for students and faculty; and poetry.

From 1998 to 2015, Larew was director of the Center for International Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, where he guided international food security programs. While there, he authored or co-authored numerous government-related strategies, briefings, position papers and impact assessments—all focused on global food security, youth development, higher education’s global engagement, and institutional and human capacity.

He served as sustainable agriculture adviser to the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State and was a Brookings Fellow in Agriculture. Larew is an accomplished poet whose work has twice been nominated for Pushcart prizes, and appears in nearly 100 journals, books and collections. He has been selected for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Rope Walk, the Weymouth Center in North Carolina, Bread Loaf, and the Catskills Poetry Retreat.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges, brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the U.S. for substantive dialogue with students and faculty members. Through a weeklong residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions, the Fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds.

The Sept. 23 lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paige Eager at 301-696-3699 or eager@hood.edu.

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