Past York Lecturers
Vimlendra Sharan, Director of the North American Liaison Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
(in collaboration with the Littleton-Franklin Lecture Series)
Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, a researcher and Extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, with expertise in the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems.
Dr. Jayson Lusk, an agricultural economics professor and endowed chair at Oklahoma State University and the author of The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto about the Politics of Your Plate and Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World.
Dr. Robert Bertram, chief scientist, Bureau for Food Security, USAID.
Dr. Beth Bell, director of the Center for Disease Control’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Ugarte Muniz, senior scientist with the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture’s Soil Institute in Havana and a senior member of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba.
Jack W. Szostak, an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and the Alex Rich Distinguished Investigator in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital
Jerome Lyman, corporate vice president for McDonald’s Corporation, responsible for enterprise leadership in the area of food safety, quality systems, emergent issues and supplier compliance
Carl Zimmer, a New York Times columnist, Yale University lecturer in science writing and critically acclaimed author, science journalist and blogger
Philip Martin, a Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California-Davis and award-winning author who works for UN agencies around the world on labor and migration issues
Roger Thurow, an award-winning author, a senior fellow of Global Agriculture and Food Policy with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and a fellow of the anti-poverty ONE Campaign
Gale Buchanan, former Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics in the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Arthur Caplan, internationally known bioethics expert who addresses such issues as GMOs and genetic cloning and the ethics of synthetic biology and biotechnology
Gebisa Ejeta, 2009 World Food Prize winner and Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and International Agriculture at Purdue University
Temple Grandin, best-selling author and professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University
Valentin Abe, fisheries development entrepreneur in Haiti, Time magazine hero for 2010 and Auburn alumnus
Fritz Haeg, artist, activist, gardener and educator
Fabien Cousteau, aquatic filmmaker and oceanographic explorer, son of Jean-Michel Cousteau and grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Doug Phillips, creator, producer and host of Alabama Public Television’s award-winning and Emmy-nominated Discovering Alabama series
David Lambert, nationally recognized advocate to end hunger
James T. Morris, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme
Catherine A. Bertini, former executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme and recipient of the 2003 World Food Prize
James E. Horne, nationally recognized sustainable farming advocate
Norman Borlaug, 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner, known as the father of Green Revolution
Joe Lewis, USDA research entomologist internationally recognized for his ground breaking work in ecologically based pest management, and Beth Lewis, veteran educator who focuses on fostering community-based schools
Frederick Kirschenmann, director of the Iowa State University-based Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture