Bringing nutrition and rural development to the farthest reaches: Skilled communications is a vital partner in this mission. Scott Kilman, Wall Street Journal reporter and co-author of "Enough: Why the World's Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty," will moderate this panel featuring Rikin Gandhi of digitalGREEN, Gregg BeVier of The Gates Foundation, and Bella Mody of the University of Colorado. They will highlight essential elements of communicating in extremely challenging settings and describe innovative approaches and tools that work.
Communications leaders — creating the next generation: How is this generation preparing the next generation to cope and flourish amid these pressing challenges? Find out what Kristina Boone of Kansas State University, Tracy Irani of the University of Florida, Jim Evans of the University of Illinois, and Glen Broom of San Diego State University have to say about developing the next generation of thought leaders and communicators to successfully address global hunger and food security.
"The forum will give communications professionals, faculty and students a glimpse into the future of global communication and social networking needs and opportunities," said Ken Rinkenberger, chair of the symposium agenda committee and owner of KWR Consulting, LLC.
The symposium marks the 50th year of the agricultural communications program at the University of Illinois. The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and College of Media, with farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson of WGN, Chicago, will host a gala celebration following the symposium. Participants will toast the past 50 years with alumni reflections from each decade and highlight the progression and changes in communications.
Space is limited for the symposium and gala. For more information and to register, go to www.agcommevent.com. Early bird registration is available until Jan. 17. Final registration is due by Feb. 1.