McCormick Days 2010 to feature hunger expert David Beckmann

Just Eating: Leading the Exodus from Hunger

Continuing its long history of exploring critical matters of social justice and Christian response, McCormick Theological Seminary will welcome to campus Bread for the World President David Beckmann, the keynote speaker for “Just Eating: Leading the Exodus from Hunger,” the theme of McCormick Days 2010, October 25-26.

One of the leading experts and advocates for ending world hunger and poverty, Beckmann has led Bread for the World’s successful, large-scale campaigns to strengthen the United State’s political commitment to overcoming hunger and poverty since becoming president of the organization in 1991. Bread for the World comprises a large faith-based network of members who write to and hold meetings with their members of Congress and work through churches, campuses, and other organizations to engage more people in advocacy. Beckmann also leads the Bread for the World Institute, which provides policy analysis and strategies to end hunger.

For 15 years prior to joining Bread for the World, he led major initiatives targeting poverty for the World Bank. He also founded and serves as president of the Alliance to End Hunger, which engages diverse United States institutions – Muslim and Jewish groups, corporations, unions and universities – in building political will to end hunger.

Beckmann is an economist as well as a clergyman with degrees from Yale University, Christ Seminary, and the London School of Economics. He has published numerous books and articles including Transforming the Politics of Hunger and Grace at the Table: Ending Hunger in God’s World. Beckmann has lived in Bangladesh and Ghana, overseen projects in Bolivia and Ecuador, and visited more than 70 countries.

In addition to Beckmann’s presentations, McCormick Days 2010 will feature a number of stimulating workshops and discussions on the topic of “Just Eating.” For the most updated information, go to http://mccormick.edu/content/mccormick-days

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