The 2024 Issa Lecture: The Political Ecology of Awe

On 25 March at 6:00pm, join activist author Raj Patel for the 2024 Issa Lecture!

When Norman Borlaug won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for, in the words of the Prize committee, “for having given a well-founded hope – the green revolution”, the world learned whom to revere in the battle against world hunger. The prize was an epic mistake. The Green Revolution laid the foundations for a system of chemical agriculture that has set humanity on a path of destruction. The good news: other ways of growing food offer a pathway to sustainability. To guarantee its success, all we need do is unlearn our ability to be in awe. Peasants in India are leading the way, and in this lecture author, film-maker, and academic Raj Patel will share data on why their example – recovering from Norman Borlaug’s Green Revolution – offers reason for wonder within the web of life.

This event is part of the 2024 Cleveland Humanities Festival: Awe. It is held in Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom A, located at 11038 Bellflower Road.

Registration requested. Register HERE.

Learn more about Raj Patel from his website here.