North Central College will host an informal talk and discussion on global hunger Jan. 20 with Paul Macek, senior director of food security and livelihoods at World Vision.
According to World Vision, some 925 million people in the world—or one in seven people—don’t eat enough to be healthy. Hunger is number one on the list of the world’s top 10 health risks in 2012. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
The free talk, co-sponsored by International Programs and the Leadership, Ethics and Values Office, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, on the second floor of the College’s Harold and Eva White Activities Center, 325 E. Benton Ave.
Macek is known for his extensive experience working with programs in Africa that are devoted to reducing and eliminating hunger. “That’s why we invited him to be part of the College’s ongoing Global Human Rights series,” says Jack Shinder, director of international programs and professor of English. “He’s here to share his professional experiences with students who may be interested in following similar career paths and to bring us up-to-date about Africa’s increasing importance for not only raw materials but also for global food security.”
Macek joined World Vision U.S. in 2009 after serving for 14 years with Catholic Relief Services in various capacities throughout Africa. His positions included country representative in Benin and Zambia, deputy regional director for Southern Africa, regional emergency representative in Southern Africa and program manager in Benin and South Sudan.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science and a master’s degree in international affairs with a focus on development studies and political economy from the University of Wisconsin. He is a brother to North Central College Associate Professor of Speech Communication Steve Macek, who has been a member of the College’s faculty since 2002.
Each academic year, North Central College and the Office of International Programs focus on an issue of global significance and host speakers, films and panel discussions that address the issue. This year’s focus is global human rights.