Gilman Foreign Policy in Focus
The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is excited to announce a free hybrid seminar series focused on global food security. Through case studies and discussions with experts, participants will learn about the foundations of global food systems and food security and complex global food security challenges as impacted by environmental, political, social, and economic conditions.
Virtual Seminar Series – Launching February 9 (Open to all)
Current Gilman Scholars, Gilman Alumni and U.S. college and university students, faculty and administrators are invited to participate in a four-part virtual seminar series presented by Pennsylvania State University’s Ag Sciences Global in the College of Agricultural Sciences, with the first seminar taking place February 9.
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The goal of this interdisciplinary, interactive seminar series is to enhance participants’ understanding of global food security through a foreign policy lens, including the environmental, political, and economic impacts of these issues. There is no fee to attend these seminars and individuals may attend the entire series or individual events. Events will also be recorded and available on the series website.
- Friday, February 9, 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET – Current State of Global Food Security
- Friday, February 23, 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET – Climate Change and Global Food Security
- Climate change is a critical, cross-cutting theme for agricultural development. This seminar will discuss patterns and trends of a changing climate, the impact on agriculture and global food security and approaches to adapt to and mitigate these impacts.
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- Friday, March 29, 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET – Gender and Global Food Security
- Gender is a critical, cross-cutting theme for agricultural development. This seminar will discuss the challenges women and men have in producing food, approaches to adding the gender gap and case studies of world efforts to promote gender equality in food production.
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- Friday, April 26, 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET – Government and Global Food Security
- This seminar will explore how government policies can influence local and international practices around the world, taking a look at how governments address food security in several countries around the world.
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IN-PERSON SEMINARS (ONLY OPEN TO GILMAN ALUMNI)
Gilman Alumni who view or attend the four virtual seminars on global food security can apply to attend one of three in-person follow-on seminars taking place in Washington, DC, and two locations overseas, to be announced in February. These seminars will provide up to 100 Gilman alumni in total with the opportunity to dive more deeply into the topics discussed during the virtual series – offering concrete examples of global food security policies, challenges and careers.
Additional details and the application will be available in mid-February.
Location: Washington, DC
Host: Pennsylvania State University
Dates: June 6-7, 2024
Arrive in Washington, DC on June 5 and depart on June 8
This summer, the U.S. Department of State’s Gilman Program, in partnership with Pennsylvania State University, will host a three-day, interactive seminar in Washington, DC. This seminar will include meetings, discussions, and site visits to organizations focused on food security locally, nationally, and globally. Participants will examine challenges and opportunities in food security through the lens of organizations like USAID, Oxfam America, the World Bank, the State Department’s Office of Global Food Security, and and state and local organizations in D.C. area. Participants will hear from and network with professionals working in a variety of food security related roles and explore related career paths and opportunities.
Additional Details are Coming soon!
Application: The online application for the in-person events will open in mid-February. There is no fee to attend these events; however, space is limited and will be filled on a competitive basis.
Financial Support: The Gilman Program will work with selected attendees to book their round-trip airfare. A travel stipend will also be provided to support transportation costs to and from the airport in their home location and the host location, as well as meals during travel to and from the seminar.
The host organization will arrange and pay for hotel accommodations, meals and transportation costs during the seminar. Any additional personal travel or activities outside of the seminar will be at your own expense.
The travel stipend will be distributed directly to attendees’ U.S. bank account via Zelle/IIePay.
Please direct any questions to GilmanEvents@iie.org.
The U.S. Department of State launched Gilman Foreign Policy in Focus, a hybrid seminar series in 2021. Each year, the Gilman Program offers publicly available virtual seminars, and in-person seminars to Gilman alumni. Please see below for information and seminar recordings from previous years.
2023 - Refugees & Migration
The 2023 series focused on refugees and migration, with the in-person seminars taking place in Thessaloniki, Greece and Amman, Jordan.
The virtual seminars were presented by Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Center for the Study of Global Change
For additional resources and slides for each seminar, be sure to check out the digital toolkit
- Introduction to Foreign Policy in Focus: Refugees and Migration (June 1, 2023)
- The Global Policies and Politics of Refugee Protection: The Current System and the Path Forward (June 8, 2023)
- Exploring Experiences of Refugees and Migrants through Case Studies (June 15, 2023)
- Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the United States (June 22, 2023)
- Taking Action and Making Change to Support Refugees and Global Migration (June 29, 2023)
2022 - Climate Change & Environmental Sustainability
The 2022 series focused on climate change and environmental sustainability, with the in-person seminars in Sheffield, United Kingdom and Copenhagen, Denmark.
The virtual seminars were presented by Duke University’s Energy Initiative and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.
- Welcome and Overview (March 24, 2022)
- Life at the Intersections of Energy Insecurity, Gender Dynamics and Climate Change in Africa (March 31, 2022)
- The United States and China: Addressing Climate Change Together and Apart (April 7, 2022)
- Supply Chain Scaling: Ecosystem Impacts of Transition Mineral Use (April 14, 2022)
- Political Implications of Climate Change in Latin America (April 21, 2022)
- International Finance for Clean Energy and Low-Carbon Development (April 28, 2022)
- Water, Justice and Rights: Conflict and Peacebuilding in a Changing Climate (May 5, 2022)