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From Kernels to Culture: Delve into the World of Corn

October 30, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Corn – a seemingly simple staple commodity – has a versatility range unfamiliar to some consumers. From fields to foods, fuels, fibers and more, this grain is deeply woven into the fabric of human history, sustenance, and innovation.

Corn farming is a complex system of intersections between sustainability, nutrition, and the national and global agricultural landscape. This conversation will delve into the world of corn – exploring its past, present and future potential alongside its journey and historical roots through time.

Join Joanne Slavin, UMN Food Science and Nutrition Professor, Pedro Urriola, UMN Animal Science Assistant Professor, and Rebecca Webster, UMD American Indian Studies Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, for a conversation with Jennifer Schmitt, IonE Senior Research Scientist in Sustainable Food Systems and Fellow, on:

  • Its multifaceted roles in history and contemporary society
  • The various corn strains tailored for specific purposes
  • And more!

The conversation will be streamed virtually with an in-person reception to follow with a couple of our panelists. Indicate how you’ll attend via registration.

There are a limited number of in person spots available. Virtual registrations will receive the Zoom prior to the event.

All questions can be directed to ioneevents@umn.edu.


October 30, 2023
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


R380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States