Ron Suskind & Gus Schumacher on "The Right to Bear Farms"


Thursday, October 17, 2013, 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Austin 111 West, Harvard Law School

Ron Suskind, senior fellow and author of Confidence Men (2011), and The One Percent Doctrine (2006) (among many other books), will interview Gus Schumacher, Executive Vice President of Wholesome Wave, on "The Right to Bear Farms" and "Food Stamps and Affordable Health Care."

suskindRon Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has written some of America's most important works of nonfiction, framing national debates while exploring complexities of the human experience.

Suskind's latest New York Times Bestseller, Confidence Men, Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President is a multi-layered narrative about the fall of the U.S. economy, the rise of Barack Obama, and the President's battle to guide his White House and earn the confidence of the American people.  Read more

Gus Schumacher is Executive Vice President of Wholesome Wave, a Bridgeport, Connecticut-based nonprofit working on nutrition incentives for diet-impacted vulnerable families.

Prior to his work with Wholesome Wave, Schumacher consulted with the Kellogg and Kresge foundations. He served earlier as President Clinton's Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at USDA from 1997 to 2001.

Earlier, Schumacher served as Administrator of USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, worked as a senior agri-leader for the World Bank, and served as Commissioner of Food and Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After Harvard College, he studied at the London School of Economics and was a research associate in agribusiness at the Harvard Business School, working with Professor Ray A. Goldberg.

Schumacher was a member of the 21st Century Sustainable Agricultural Task Force of the National Academy of Sciences whose report was published in 2010. In 2007, Schumacher, along with Cathy Bertini, former Director of the World Food Program, and Professor Robert Thompson, Gardner Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois, oversaw the preparation of the Task Force Report of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, titled "Modernizing America's Food and Farm Policy: Vision for a New Direction" (2008). He serves on the Boards of the Crossroads Farmers Market and Grainpro LLC, and is Contributing Agriculture Editor for Food Arts. Schumacher also received a 2013 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award for his "lifelong efforts to improve access to fresh local food in underserved communities."



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