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Dickinson College to Host Virtual Discussion Challenging Technological Narratives in Agricultural Success

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Glenn Stone

Unraveled Myths: The Green Revolution and the Gene Revolution

by Scout Meredith Best '21

Glenn Stone, an anthropologist and expert on the politics and ecology of food and agriculture, will unravel the narratives around technological development aimed at improving agriculture in a virtual talk from the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. “Unraveled Myths: The Green Revolution and the Gene Revolution” will take place Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. in a public YouTube livestream

The program will explore two cherished examples of agricultural successes in the developing world: the so-called “Green” and “Gene” revolutions, which focus on agricultural production techniques and the use of genetically modified (GMO) crops, respectively. Stone will discuss the importance of continuing to develop agricultural technologies and the role of public opinion on GMO foods.

Stone is a professor of anthropology and environmental studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of one book and more than 70 academic articles and has carried out field work in Nigeria, Appalachia, the Philippines and India. He is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Anthropological Association. Stone served as the former president of the Anthropology & Environment Society and is currently serving on the advisory board of Nature Plants, as well as on the editorial board of CAFE (Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment).

The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the departments of anthropology, archaeology, history and environmental studies and the Food Studies Program. For additional information, email

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Published August 20, 2020