EPIBuilding a Sustainable Future
2014 Presentations


February 4: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 5:30 pm presentation on Peak Water: What Happens To Our Food Supply When the Wells Go Dry? Nelson Mandela Auditorium, Fedex Global Education Center. Free and open to the public.

February 11: 9:20 am, Keynote speaker, Climate Smart Agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC. Invitation only.

February 20: 3:30 pm session, Sustainability: Are We Applying Our Critical Inputs Wisely?, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Outlook Forum, Arlington, VA. Invitation only.

March 19: 12 pm -1:30 pm, Janet Larsen, Director of Research, Commentator on "What's for Dinner?" film screening, sponsored by the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. Free and open to the public. Details here.

March 23: 6:00 pm, Discussant for Extreme Realities, produced by Marilyn and Hal Weiner of Screenscope, premiering at Environmental Film Festival, Washington, DC. Open to the public.

July 11-13: Receiving Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Future Society, Orlando, FL. http://www.wfs.org/

October 11: Keynote speaker, Center for Historic American Building Arts, Bridgeton, NJ. Open to the public. For more information contact [email protected] or call (856) 221-3276.


2013 Presentations


January 15: Luncheon speaker at Women's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Open to the public 11:30 - 2 pm. You can register for the lunch and lecture or just the lecture, which will start at 1 pm.

January 24:  Afternoon speaker, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Virginia.

January 25: Morning speaker on food insecurity, Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Washington, DC

April 15: Luncheon Keynote Speaker, National Food Policy Conference, Capital Hilton hotel, Washington, DC

April 17: Luncheon speaker, Agriculture Committee of the Organization of Women in International Trade, Washington, DC.

June 25: Presentation, Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University, UK

June 26-27: Keynote address, 6th Annual Agriculture Investment Summit, London, UK

July 28: Presentation at Sunday service, Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, Bethesda, MD

August 6: Panel presentation, "Will Water Become a More Limiting Resource for Food Production," AAEA 2013 meeting, Washington, DC

August 16: ARE Day Summit morning speaker, followed by armchair conversation with Ted Turner. Aspen, CO.

October 6: 7:30 pm presentation, "Breaking New Ground: A Conversation with Lester Brown," 7 pm public lecture, Cullen Theater, 510 Preston Street, Houston,TX. Hosted by Progressive Forum.

October 22: Luncheon presentation, "The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity," The Friar's Club, New York City. Host: Common Good. Open to the public.

October 23: Morning panelist, Conrad Hilton Symposium at Waldorf Astoria, New York City.

October 24: 6 pm presentation "An Evening with Lester Brown," Rutgers University, Neilson Dining hall, Cook/Douglass Campus. Register for this free event here or phone 1-848-932-3572.

October 29: 6:30-8:30 pm reception and presentation "Breaking New Ground: A Conversation with Lester Brown," Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, New Jersey. RSVP strongly advised. Sponsored by D&R Greenway Land Trust. Co-sponsored by Garden Club of Princeton and Hella & Scott McVay.

October 30: 7 pm , public presentation, "Breaking New Ground: A Conversation with Lester Brown," First Parish (Unitarian Universalist), 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. Hosted by Cambridge Forum.

November 1: 4 pm Public presentation, "Peak Water: What Happens When The Wells Go Dry?" Maxwell-Dworkin Lesson Room, Harvard University. Details.

November 3: 7 pm public event, "Breaking New Ground: A Conversation with Lester Brown," Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA. Sponsored by the Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition. Details.

November 9: 7 pm, public presentation, "The New Geopolitics of Food," Segal Graduate Bldg, Simon Fraser University, 500 Granville St., Vancouver, BC,Canada. Hosted by Climate Justice Project. Details.

November 10: 7:30 pm public presentation, "Breaking New Ground: A Conversation with Lester Brown," Salt Springs Island, BC.

November 11: 7:30-8:30 pm, public presentation, "Breaking New Ground," Seattle Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA

November 12: 7 pm public event, "The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity," hosted by the World Affairs Council, Portland, OR, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Southwest Park Avenue.

November 13: 7 pm public event with Lester Brown hosted by the World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA

December 12: 7 pm public event, "Breaking New Ground: A Conversation with Lester Brown," Free Library of Philadelphia, PA

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2012 Presentations


February 10: Releasing Japanese edition of World on the Edge, Tokyo

February 10: 1-5 pm Keynote speaker, World on the Edge Launch Symposium, Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Japan. Click on link (Japanese only) for details.

February 12: Receiving Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto award, Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan

February 13: Keynote speaker at symposium on alternative automotive fuels, Beihang University, Beijing

February 14: 7:30 pm presentation, "World on the Edge," at Bookworm Bookstore, No.4 Courtyard, Sanlitun South St, Chao Yang District, Beijing, China

February 15: 10:30 am presentation "Why Food Prices May Keep Rising," Foreign Correspondents Club of China, Embassy of the Netherlands, Liangmahe Nanlu 4. Beijing

March 1: 11:30 am speaker at Perspectives on Limits to Growth: Challenges to Building a Sustainable Planet, The Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC. Open to the public. Capacity is Limited. RSVP to [email protected]

March 28: Morning speaker at Affordable World Security: Choice Points for America conference, Newseum, Washington, DC. This conference is free and open to the public. They just ask you to register. In addition, it will be live-streamed.

April 11: Panelist, New York Times' conference, Energy for Tomorrow, New York City, NY

April 12: Luncheon information discussion with Harvard's environmental sustainability students, Cambridge, MA

April 12: 4pm - 5:30pm. Receiving Harvard University's Alumni Environmental Award, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

May 20: Dinner speaker, American Farmland Trust, Washington, DC.

June 4: Morning keynote, The Seminar, sponsored by Fortune 500, San Diego, CA

June 7: 3pm - 3:30pm. Janet Larsen, Director of Research, webcast for Spring for Sustainability Summit. Free series of live, online and teleseminar events.

July 26: 4-6 PM  Panelist, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), special preview screening of Ken Burns' THE DUST BOWL. White House, EEOB, Washington, DC. Followed by reception at the Corcoran Gallery, RSVP to [email protected].

August 18-19: ARE Day speaker, Aspen, CO.

September 13: Morning speaker, InterAmerican Development Bank climate change workshop, Baltimore, MD.

October 4: Morning plenary speaker and afternoon forum, EcoSummit 2012, Columbus, OH

October 5: 5:30 - 7 p.m. Book party to release Lester Brown's book, "Full Planet, Empty Plates." Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC. RSVP [email protected].

October 11: 6 p.m. roundtable on "Food and Sustainability: Which Future?" hosted by the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC. Lester Brown will speak on "Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity." Reception at 5 p.m. Contact: [email protected]. Open to the public.

October 17: 4:30-5:30 p.m., webinar hosted by Van Eck Securities Corporation.

November 1: 12:30-2 p.m. presentation on Full Planet, Empty Plates at the World Bank, Auditorium  JB1-080, 701 18th Street NW, Washington, DC. Open to the public. Coffee and cookies will be served. RSVP: [email protected]

November 12: Lester Brown, inaugural address for the University of Maryland's Environmental Lecture series. Open to the public.
   Where:  Computer Science Instructional Center, University of Maryland, College Park
   4:00 p.m.  Reception in Atrium
   5:00 p.m.  Lecture in Room 1115
Parking is free after 4pm.  For more information on the Council on the Environment see:

November 26: Launching Dutch edition of Full Planet, Empty Plates, The Hague, The Netherlands.

November 27: 6:30 PM Presentation at the European Parliament, Brussels. Batiment Spaak, 2nd Floor, Room 3C50.

November 29: Keynote speaker, International Forum on Food and Nutrition, Milan, Italy. Sponsored by Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition.

November 30: Keynote speaker, University of Milan

November 30: Keynote speaker, Bologna University

December 4: Janet Larsen, book launch for The Global Farms Race:
Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security, Washington, DC. Open to the public.
   Where:  6th Floor Flom Auditorium
   Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
   1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC, USA
   3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
December 8: Concluding speaker, Chesapeake Climate Action Network conference on fracking, Baltimore, MD

December 12: Speaker at House Staff Briefing on climate change organized by Friends Committee on National Legislation, Washington, DC

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