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Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Named for Wofford

Wednesday, February 13, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—A former committee chairman for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research will be a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow on Wofford College’s campus during the week of March 3, 2002.

Donald L. Winkelmann is former chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee for CGIAR, whose goals are to alleviate poverty and protect the environment in developing countries through improved agricultural technologies based on research.

During his visit to Wofford, Winkelmann will conduct a lecture on “Protecting the Environment in the Poorest Countries,” which will be free and open to the public. The lecture will be held on Monday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Olin Theater in the F.W. Olin Building.

Winkelmann spent 10 years as director general of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico, one of 16 international centers of the CGIAR. He also was director of the economic program at the center.

Winkelmann received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska, where he received his master’s degree in agricultural economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota. He was a professor of economics at Iowa State University.

Among his recent publications are “Productivity, Poverty Alleviation, and Food Security” in “Feeding a World Population of More than Eight Billion People: A Challenge to Science,” published by Oxford University Press in 1998; and co-authoring “Technology for Sustainable Agriculture” in “Scientific American,” published in 1995.

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows connect a liberal education with the world beyond campus by bringing thoughtful and successful practitioners to colleges for a week of classes and information discussion with students and faculty. Fellows, who include government officials, business leaders, journalists, environmentalists and medical ethicists, are matched with small colleges chosen for their commitment to the goals of the program. Together, they help to equip students for the social, political and economic settings they will enter and illuminate the roles they may play as professionals and informed citizens.

Fellows are scheduled for formal presentations in classrooms, panels and public platforms, and informal encounters at meals, in student centers, clubs, dormitories, career counseling and individual sessions. The weeklong visit allows Fellows to explicate their ideas fully and often leads to continuing ties.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has developed and conducted programs in higher education since 1945. More than 200 colleges have participated in the Visiting Fellows program since 1973.