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[Seminar] Hunger as a Weapon of War: Hitler’s Hunger Plan, Native American Resettlement and Yemen

November 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


This presentation will consider the Nazi Hunger Plan as an instrument of annihilation and tool of war, its retrospective reliance on the American example of resettlement of indigenous peoples, and how these policies prefigured the use of starvation against the people of Yemen by Saudi Arabia, aided and abetted by US and British foreign policy. It is part of a growing literature on state-induced famines.

This seminar will include a presentation followed by a Q & A session.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Where: IonE’s Seminar Room, R-380
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

About the presenter:

C. Ford Runge is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Applied Economics and Law at the University of Minnesota, where he also holds appointments in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Department of Forest Resources. He is also a member of the faculty in Conservation Biology and a Fellow of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment.

A native of Wisconsin, he received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics at the University of Wisconsin, his M.A. in economics as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and his B.A. at North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has served on the staff of the House Committee on Agriculture, and as a Science and Diplomacy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, working in U.S. AID on food aid and trade.

In 1986 he was awarded an International Affairs Fellowship by the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 1987 was selected as a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow and Ford Foundation Economist. He spent 1988 as a special assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT) in Geneva, Switzerland, working under Trade Representative and former Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter. He has consulted for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, the Ford Motor Company, Monsanto, Syngenta, the Environmental Defense Fund, the World Wildlife Fund, the World Resources Institute, and the Wilderness Society. He served as an advisory member of the Board of Directors at Land O'Lakes from 1993-98.

His publications include five books, and a wide range of articles concentrating on trade, agriculture and natural resources policy. In 2014 he co-authored “Global Agriculture and Carbon Trade-offs,” (with Justin Johnson, Benjamin Senauer, Jonathan Foley and Stephen Polasky), in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

He is married and lives in Stillwater with his wife Susan, daughter Elizabeth, and son Carl. He owns and operates a small farm in Wisconsin.


November 20, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


R380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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