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Hofstra’s First “Pride and Purpose Debate” to Focus on Genetically Modified Crops

Pride and Purpose Debate
Pride and Purpose Debate

Hofstra University will host a debate on the regulation of genetically modified crops as part of a new initiative called “Pride and Purpose Debates” that will bring national experts to campus to tackle major policy issues.

The first Pride and Purpose Debate will feature four expert panelists who will consider the question: “Should the U.S. Enact Stronger Regulations Against Genetically Modified Crops?”

The event will be held at the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library First Floor, South Campus at Hofstra University on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Robert Brinkmann, PhD, professor of geology, environment, and sustainability, at 516-463-7348 or A live webcast of the debate also will be available at the event website.

kevin folta
Kevin Folta, associate professor at the University of Florida.
Bhavani jaroff
Bhavani Jaroff, chef, educator and radio host.






The inaugural Pride and Purpose Debate will bring together Greg Dolin, associate professor of law at the University of Baltimore and co-director of the university’s Center for Medicine and Law at the University; Kevin Folta, associate professor in Horticultural Sciences at the University of Florida and interim chair of the Department of Horticultural Sciences; Michael Hansen, chief staff scientist at  Consumers Union, the policy division of Consumer Reports magazine; and Bhavani Jaroff, chef, educator, radio host, and food activist.

kevin hansen
Michael Hansen, chief staff scientist at Consumers Union.
Greg Dolin
Greg Dolin, associate professor of law at the University of Baltimore.







The Pride and Purpose Debate initiative was created as a forum for public discussion that encourages quality exchange of ideas and expression on major policy issues, and continues Hofstra’s tradition of civic engagement and public discourse, including hosting presidential debates in 2008 and 2012. A second Pride and Purpose Debate will be scheduled in 2014.

“At a time when our public discourse is dominated by individuals and organizations strategically promoting their own agendas,” said Vice President for University Relations Melissa A. Connolly. “Hofstra is devoted to becoming a safe haven for our students and community at large to discuss and think about issues in different ways.”

The debate is sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center, the Office of University Relations, the Department of Rhetoric and the University’s Sustainability Studies Program.  It will be moderated by Phillip Dalton, PhD, chair and associate professor for the Department of Rhetoric at Hofstra University.


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