McDonald to give talk on global food problems on World Food Day

October 10, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.­— Bryan McDonald, assistant professor of history, will give a Research Unplugged presentation titled “Dinner for Seven Billion: Food Issues for the 21st Century” at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 (World Food Day) at Schlow Centre Region Library.

The Research Unplugged series, now in its 11th year, brings together Penn State researchers and the State College community for lively public discussions.

This week, McDonald will share his research on the environmental history of the American food systems and on how the globalization of our food supply poses both new opportunities as well as new threats to human security. He will also answer attendees’ questions.  

McDonald received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech, and his doctorate from the University of California, Irvine. His most recent book, titled Food Security, explores how understandings of world food problems changed during the late twentieth century and examines the challenges of developing a sustainable global food system for the 21st century.

McDonald is also co-editor of two books that examine challenges to human security: Global Environmental Change and Human Security and Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War’s Hidden Legacy. His articles and reviews have appeared in many journals including Environment, The Environmental Change and Security Project Report, Global Environmental Politics, and The Natural Resources Journal. In addition, he is a Fellow of Penn State’s International Center for the Study of Terrorism and a member of the advisory board of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California, Irvine.

Research Unplugged events are open to the public, free of charge. A question-and-answer session is part of the program.

The Research Unplugged series is made possible with the support of Penn State and Schlow Centre Region Library. For additional information, contact series coordinator Melissa Beattie Moss at 814-865-2614 or

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Last Updated October 16, 2014