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Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture

The mission of the Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture Series is to provide science-based education about global food systems. The series allows university students, faculty, staff and Kansas citizens to interact with U.S. and international food industry leaders.

The next lecture will be delivered by Dennis Dimick on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University. 

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Dennis Dimick

Dennis Dimick is an American journalist, photographer, presenter, and educator. 

He served for years as executive environment editor for National Geographic magazine and was a picture editor for the National Geographic Society for more than 35 years until retiring in December 2015. He continues in a consulting editorial role.

Dimick is interested in making visual the effects on earth of humanity's expanding presence in the emerging Anthropocene epoch. This new "age of man" is marked by a rise in long-term impacts resulting from our expanding quest for resources, energy, water, and food. 

He has written on these issues and guided several major magazine projects: a September 2004 "Global Warning" issue on visible climate change, an April 2010 issue on freshwater scarcity, a 2011 series on world population at 7 billion, and a 2014 "Future of Food" series on global food security. He orchestrated 2014 projects on effects of coal for energy, and on long-term effects of drought and snowpack loss in the Western United States. 

Dimick grew up on a sheep and hay farm in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, and he holds degrees in agriculture and agricultural journalism from Oregon State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Lecture archive

Find transcripts and videos from previous lectures in this series

  • Sara Menker, Gro Intelligence
  • Robb Fraley, Monsanto
  • Greg Page, Cargill, Inc.
  • Jay Famiglietti, University of California-Irvine
  • Jason Clay, World Wildlife Fund