KU News Release

Feb. 3, 2011
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, 785-864-9205

Center for International Trade and Agriculture brings visiting scholars to KU

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LAWRENCE — Two internationally known environmental experts will serve as the first Visiting Scholars of the Center for International Trade and Agriculture at the University of Kansas School of Law.

Warren Evans, director of sustainable development in the World Bank’s environment department, will co-teach a special course on International Law, Agricultural Development and Environmental Protection from Feb. 8 to 17 with John Head, the Robert W. Wagstaff Distinguished Professor of Law and co-director of the Center for International Trade and Agriculture.

Wes Jackson, founder and president of the Land Institute in Salina, will visit on Feb. 15, participating in a panel discussion with Evans and then giving a public presentation at 5:30 p.m. in the Stinson Morrison Hecker Lecture Hall, 104 Green Hall. A reception will follow.

Jackson’s lecture and all course sessions are free and open to the public. The course is also open for enrollment to graduate students across the KU campus.

The course will meet from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Feb. 8-11 and 14-17 in Green Hall. The syllabus is available on the law school’s website.

Evans’ contributions to the course will focus on climate change, sustainable agriculture and international innovations in development issues, including food security. Jackson will discuss the research work of the Land Institute and long-range prospects of agricultural sustainability.

Evans, a native of Kansas with academic work at KU and Kansas State University, is a senior official at the World Bank, where his main responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of the bank’s environment strategy. Evans is also a key spokesperson for the bank on climate change and related programs, such as carbon finance. He joined the World Bank in July 2003. From 1988 to 2003, he held technical and managerial positions at the Asian Development Bank, including director for the environment and social safeguards division based in the Philippines. Prior to that, Evans’ work on environmental issues in developing countries included serving as adviser to the Thai National Environment Board from 1978 to 1981 and as managing director of an international environmental consulting firm based in Asia from 1982 to 1987.

Jackson was born and raised on a farm near Topeka. After earning a bachelor’s in biology from Kansas Wesleyan University, a master’s in botany from KU and a doctorate in genetics from North Carolina State University, Jackson established and served as chair of one of the country’s first environmental studies programs at California State University-Sacramento. He returned to Kansas in 1976 and founded the Land Institute. The institute aims to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops.

Jackson is the author of several books, including “Man and the Environment,” “New Roots for Agriculture” and “Becoming Native to This Place.” He was a 1990 Pew Conservation Scholar, became a MacArthur Fellow in 1992 and in 2000 received the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.” Life magazine named Jackson one of 18 individuals it predicts will be among the 100 “important Americans of the 20th century,” and he was named one of Smithsonian magazine’s “35 Who Made a Difference” in November 2005.

The Center for International Trade and Agriculture brings together scholars, practitioners, policymakers and students around the study and practice of international trade and agriculture. In addition to hosting Visiting Scholars, the center sponsors conferences, educates and trains law students through course work and summer placements, and hosts a working papers series. The center is co-directed by Head and Raj Bhala, Rice Distinguished Professor.

The center is funded by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The administration’s funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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