The Land Institute founder and president, Wes Jackson, delivers the 2014 Baecke Endowment for the Humanities lecture.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Larry Skillin, 563/333-6034.
More info: The Land Institute website
Wes Jackson is one of the foremost figures in the international sustainable agriculture movement, and has pioneered research in Natural Systems Agriculture for over 30 years.
A graduate of Kansas Wesleyan, he earned a master's degree in botany from University of Kansas and PhD in genetics from North Carolina State University. He established the environmental studies program at California State University and was a professor for the department until 1976 when he returned to his home state.
Jackson founded and is the current president of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, which has been widely praised for its research in the Smoky Hill River and surrounding areas of Kansas. The Institute's vision is "to change the way the world grows its food" through soil and water conservation and by developing grains that can adapt to climate change and thrive without the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizer.
Jackson is the author of essays and books on ecology, new agriculture and sustainability. His efforts have been featured in Time, National Geographic, Life, Smithsonian and Rolling Stone magazines. He is a recipient of the Pew Conservation Scholars award and a MacArthur Fellowship.