Capitalism and Society Lecture Series

Bringing engaging ideas to our campus and community.


The Capitalism and Society lecture series invites dialogue between researchers, students and the community to engage with emerging ideas.

These events are free and open to the public. Each lecture contains a presentation by a visiting speaker and a brief Q&A. Pizza and refreshments are served following the event. 

Each lecture is recorded and shared on our website and YouTube channel. Videos are uploaded within one week of the event and can be accessed here

The Future of Food
 April 15     |     AgCountry Auditorium      |     5:30 p.m.

What does the future of food look like? Does it look like the past, or is something new needed to address today’s concerns about hunger and food security, the environment, energy use and human health? Join us to hear from Dr. Jayson Lusk on how innovation, entrepreneurship and science are creating an optimistic future for food.

Speaker Spotlight

Dr. Jayson Lusk is the Distinguished Professor and Head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Purdue University. He is a food and agricultural economist who studies what we eat and why we eat it. He’s published more than 220 articles in peer-reviewed journals on a wide assortment of topics, including the economics of animal welfare, consumer preferences for genetically modified food, and the impacts of new technologies and policies on livestock and meat markets. He has been the recipient of numerous research awards and has given hundreds of lectures in the U.S. and abroad. He served on the editorial councils of eight academic journals, including the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Food Policy. He has also been elected to and served on the executive committees of the three largest U.S. agricultural economics associations and is past president of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Dr. Lusk is the author of The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto about the Politics of your Plate (2013) and Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World (2016). 



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