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The University of Minnesota and the World Celebrate Norman Borlaug’s Life: 100th Birthday

Norman Borlaug PhotoWorldwide, Dr. Norman Borlaug is the University of Minnesota’s most famous alum. He was a seminal figure in the 20th Century’s Green Revolution. This unprecedented, global achievement greatly increased the world’s food supply by improving crop plants and by fostering science-based agricultural education at the graduate level. The Green Revolution helped hundreds of millions to escape famine, misery and rural poverty. It brought prosperity, food security and educational opportunities to areas of the world heretofore considered hopeless.

Borlaug is one of three American citizens to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal.  On the 100th anniversary of Borlaug's birth -- March 25, 2014 -- a bronze statue will be enshrined in the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington DC.

The University of Minnesota will honor Borlaug with three events open to the public. For details see the web site in item two. Briefly the events are as follows:

  1. On March 25 there will be a 100th Birthday Social at the Saint Paul Campus Student Union from 11:30 to 1:30. No registration required.
  2. On March 26 there will be the 5th Annual Norman Borlaug Panel Discussion at 6:30 pm in room 335 of Borlaug Hall on the Saint Paul Campus. Registration for this and the McNamara Center event is electronic – see the following web site.
  3. On March 27 at the McNamara Alumni Center (Minneapolis Campus) in the Memorial Room there will be a highlight celebration from 1:30 to 3:45 pm, followed by a reception from 3:45 to 5:30 pm.
For a synopsis of Borlaug’s University of Minnesota education and highlights of his career as a plant pathologist/humanitarian, click here. To view a video highlighting the University of Minnesota Libraries' efforts archiving the legacy of Dr. Norman Borlaug and the Green Revolution click here.

** Photo courtesy CIMMYT (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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