The World Food Prize Foundation

Special Events Commemorate the 99th Anniversary of Norman Borlaug's Birth

03/21/2013
Des Moines, Iowa (March 21, 2013) – The World Food Prize Foundation invites the public to celebrate the 99th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Norman Borlaug, our state’s great hero who will soon be enshrined in the U.S. Capitol. Special events will celebrate the great scientist and humanitarian leader over the next few days, on March 23, 25, and 26. 
 
Of special interest to the media will be a public talk at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 25, by visiting artist Benjamin Victor, who is sculpting the statue of Dr. Borlaug to be installed next year in the U.S. Capitol.
 
All events are free and open to the public and media, and will take place at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, 100 Locust Street, Des Moines.
 
EVENT DETAILS:
 
Saturday, March 23:
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.   The Hall of Laureates will be open to the public during extended hours
                            Docents will be on hand to share stories about Dr. Borlaug’s life
                            The Food Bank of Iowa will collect food donations to combat hunger in Iowa
                            Children’s activities including a “Borlaug Scavenger Hunt” will be offered
11 a.m., 1 p.m.  Film screenings of the documentary “Freedom from Famine: The Norman Borlaug Story”
 
Monday, March 25 (Borlaug's Birthday)
5 a.m. - 3 p.m.   The Hall of Laureates will be open to the public during extended hours
                             Docents will be available to share stories about Dr. Borlaug’s life
                             The Food Bank of Iowa will collect food donations to combat hunger in Iowa
5 a.m. - 9 a.m.   WHO Radio’s Van and Bonnie Show will broadcast live from the Hall of Laureates
11 a.m. - noon   “Sculpting Iowa’s History: Birthday Cake and Q&A with Borlaug Sculptor Benjamin Victor and 
                              World Food Prize President, Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn
10 a.m., 1 p.m.   Film screenings of the documentary “Freedom from Famine: The Norman Borlaug Story”
 
Tuesday, March 26
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.    The Hall of Laureates will be open to the public
                              Docents will be on hand to share stories about Dr. Borlaug’s life
                              The Food Bank of Iowa will collect food donations to combat hunger in Iowa
 
Website: More information is available online at www.worldfoodprize.org.  
 
Social Media: Join the conversation and get updates on Twitter via @WorldFoodPrize and on Facebook via www.facebook.com/theworldfoodprize 
 
Media Contact: Megan Forgrave, 515-245-3794 
 
ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE
The World Food Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, The World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. Laureates have been recognized from Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Israel, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States. The World Food Prize also annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and several youth programs aimed at inspiring the next generation of agricultural and humanitarian leaders. The World Food Prize Foundation is based in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

 

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