The Arthur N. Rupe Debate Series

“Let us bring the greatest minds of our time together at UCSB,” explains Arthur N. Rupe, “and provide a forum to discuss and debate the nation’s and world’s vital questions. Let us seek out from around the globe eminent scholars in diverse fields, and challenge them and each other. Let us address relevant issues, grapple with the facts, and create inspiring dialogue."

Since 2001, the Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate Series, established by the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, has explored contemporary societal issues of national and international significance via presentations by eminent figures who hold divergent viewpoints. The Rupe Great Debate Series is presented by the College of Letters and Science and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

Prior Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate - The Use of Genetically Modified Organisms in Food

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Campbell Hall

Moderator: Paul Voosen, Chronicle of Higher Education senior reporter

Participants: Dr. Angelika Hilbeck, Swiss Federal University and Dr. Pamela C. Ronald, UC Davis

A key factor in discussions about how best to feed the world’s growing population and address global environmental challenges, the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) remains a contested and often misunderstood topic. Dr. Pamela C. Ronald and Dr. Angelika Hilbeck will engage in a scientifically informed debate about the use of GMOs. Ronald is a professor in the department of plant pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis. She co-authored Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food. Hilbeck is a senior scientific researcher in the Institute of Integrative Biology at the Swiss Federal University and co-founder of the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility.

Presented by the College of Letters & Science at UC Santa Barbara and made possible by an endowment from the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation. Co-presented with the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, as part of its event series The Anthropocene: Views from the Humanities. Community Partner: Orfalea Foundation.