Ford Runge to Give Public Lecture Sept. 17

Posted on September 2nd, 2010 by

C. Ford Runge

University of Minnesota professor C. Ford Runge will help the Gustavus Adolphus College community prepare for the upcoming Nobel Conference, Making Food Good, with a public speaking appearance at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17.

Runge’s talk is titled “Rivers of Gold: Where Does Corn Flow and Does it Make Sense?” This free, public lecture will take place in Wallenberg Auditorium on the second floor of the Alfred Nobel Memorial Hall of Science.

With his recent research on U.S.-European agricultural trade and comparative soil and water conservation policies, Runge plans to focus on the unusual relationship between the landlocked agricultural powerhouse of the upper Midwest and the rest of the world.

Runge is a 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.

Runge 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 B.A. at the University of 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. He continues as Subdirector in charge of Commodities and Trade Policy of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Runge is the author or co-author of several food-related books including Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime: Food Security and Globalization, Reforming Farm Policy: Toward a National Agenda, and Freer Trade, Protected Environment: Balancing Trade Liberalization and Environmental Interests.

For more information about Runge’s speaking appearance, contact Professor of Physics Chuck Niederriter at 507-933-7315 or


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