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K-State Today

August 29, 2019

Former National Geographic editor, photographer to speak at K-State

Submitted by Pat Melgares

Dennis Dimick, the former executive environmental editor for National Geographic, where he worked for 35 years, is the sixth speaker in Kansas State University’s Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems lecture, which will take place on Oct. 14.

Dimick will present "Living in the Human Age," a fast-moving slideshow which explains the challenges of living in the modern human era. The public talk begins at 7 p.m. in K-State’s McCain Auditorium. Admission is free.

While at National Geographic, Dimick led the 2011 creation of a yearlong magazine series on world population, which is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050; and in 2014, he conceived and led a multiyear series titled "The Future of Food," on global food security.

He also worked on more than 90 other National Geographic projects that addressed climate change, public lands, freshwater scarcity, coal and natural gas as energy supplies, and the effects on water supply from drought and snowpack loss in the United States. He was involved twice in magazine stories on the High Plains Aquifer, a major source of groundwater in western Kansas and parts of seven other states.

Dimick and National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson will also speak to students and other campus groups about how they have helped bring attention to these issues through their work, and how students can be the next generation of storytellers.

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