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Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman addresses feeding a growing world, sustainable farming, and environmental stewardship through his current role in various research organizations. He is the co-chair of the Global Food and Agriculture Program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the vice president of The Aspen Institute, and executive director of The Aspen Institute Congressional Program,

During his time as Agriculture secretary under the Clinton Administration, he helped administer farm and conservation programs; modernize food safety regulations; forge international trade agreements to expand U.S. markets; and improve the Department's commitment to fairness and equality in civil rights. Prior to his role in the Cabinet, he served in the U.S. House of representatives for 18 years on behalf of Kansas's District 4.

Glickman continues to work towards solutions on agricultural and nutritional issues. He serves as a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center where he is co-chair of its Democracy Project and co-leads the center's Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative. In addition to co-chairing various foundations focused on agricultural development, combating obesity, and working towards bipartisanship, he teaches courses at the GW’s Graduate School of Political Management.

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    Senior Fellow at Bipartisan Policy Center; Former Agriculture Secretary

    Dan Glickman is currently a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The BPC was formed in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell to develop and promote bipartisan solutions to the country’s problems and to promote civility in government.

    Dan Glickman served as Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) from 2004 until 2010. The MPAA serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries.

    Prior to joining the MPAA, Mr. Glickman was the Director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2002-2004). Mr. Glickman also served as a Partner and Senior Advisor to the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC.

    Mr. Glickman served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from March 1995 until January 2001. Under his leadership, the Department administered farm and conservation programs; modernized food safety regulations; forged international trade agreements to expand U.S. markets; and improved its commitment to fairness and equality in civil rights.

    Before his appointment as Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Glickman served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. During that time, he was a member of the House Agriculture Committee, including six years as chairman of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over federal farm policy issues. Moreover, he was an active member of the House Judiciary Committee; chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and was a leading congressional expert on general aviation policy.

    Before his election to Congress in 1976, Glickman served as president of the Wichita School Board; was a partner in the law firm of Sargent, Klenda and Glickman; and worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He received his Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from The George Washington University. He is a member of the Kansas and District of Columbia Bars.

    Glickman currently serves as the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program; on the board of directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; Communities in Schools; Food Research and Action Center, a domestic anti-hunger organization; National 4-H Council; William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan; and the Center for U.S. Global Engagement, where he is Chair of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He co-chairs an initiative of eight Foundations, administered by the Meridian Institute, to look at long term implications of food and agricultural policy.

    He also chairs an initiative at the Institute of Medicine on “accelerating progress on childhood obesity.” He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a senior fellow of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, the Council on American Politics at The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University, and is Vice-Chair of the World Food Program-USA. He also serves as a member of the External Advisory Board to CIA Director Leon Panetta. He is the co-chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs′ global agricultural development initiative.

    He is the author of Farm Futures, in Foreign Affairs (May/June 2009).


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Interview with Dan Glickman


Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman takes a look at the biggest challenges facing the industry today and the steps that must be taken to overcome them. In lieu of climate change and environmental problems, it is already incredible that today's farmers are feeding an unprecedented global population – an accomplishment that according to Glickman has been made possible by the extensive research that was conducted chiefly by U.S. Experts during the 1950s and 60s.

He stresses that in order to feed future generations, research must continue on both a public and private scale. “Now unfortunately it looks like we're beginning to minimize that level of research,” he says, “which is not good for the long-term trends of food production.”

Dan Glickman, Agricultural Speaker: Keynote, The Security of Our Food



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Born and bred in America's heartland, Dan Glickman speaks from a lifetime of civil service to farmers and agricultural researchers. Tying the future of agriculture to government dysfunction and increasing security concerns, the veteran policy-maker puts a unique political spin on the challenges and opportunities in the coming century as farmers, companies, and governments strive to feed a growing world.

Suggested Speaking Topics:

  • Humor in American Politics
  • Public Health Challenges of Bioterrorism
  • World Hunger and America′s Foreign Policy




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Suggested Speaking Topics:

  • Humor in American Politics
  • Public Health Challenges of Bioterrorism
  • World Hunger and America′s Foreign Policy


Interview with Dan Glickman


Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman takes a look at the biggest challenges facing the industry today and the steps that must be taken to overcome them. In lieu of climate change and environmental problems, it is already incredible that today's farmers are feeding an unprecedented global population – an accomplishment that according to Glickman has been made possible by the extensive research that was conducted chiefly by U.S. Experts during the 1950s and 60s.

He stresses that in order to feed future generations, research must continue on both a public and private scale. “Now unfortunately it looks like we're beginning to minimize that level of research,” he says, “which is not good for the long-term trends of food production.”

Dan Glickman, Agricultural Speaker: Keynote, The Security of Our Food