Danforth Center Host Author of Caught in the Middle

Seeds of Change to Feature Richard C. Longworth for a Visionary Event

St. Louis, MO, May 19, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Richard C. Longworth, Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, author of Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism will be the featured speaker at “Seeds of Change,” on Wednesday, June 8, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N. Warson Road. The event will be hosted by members of the Danforth Plant Science Center’s Leadership Council, a diverse group of regional leaders dedicated to making St. Louis a world center for plant science. Reservations are required but complimentary; seating is limited, to attend, RSVP to – http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1668672043.

Following his remarks, Longworth will be joined by a response panel for a thought provoking discussion of the region’s efforts to reinvent itself in the new global economy. Panelists include, John F. McDonnell, retired chairman, McDonnell Douglas; Denny G. Coleman, CEO St. Louis Economic Council; Derek K. Rapp, CEO, Divergence, Inc.; and Jack L. Oliver III, chairman, Bryan Cave Strategies.

“Seeds of Change” is designed to give people an opportunity to connect with others who think passionately about our community and of our world-class assets like the Danforth Plant Science Center, said Jim Johnson, chair, Danforth Leadership Council. “It is a privilege to have Richard Longworth as our speaker and share his perspective on the impact of globalization on the Midwest.”

Seeds of Change Speaker
Richard Longworth is a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former Distinguished Visiting Scholar at DePaul University. He is the author of the book, Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism, published in 2008 by Bloomsbury USA, now out in paperback. He writes and hosts the blog, "The Midwesterner," on the website of the Chicago Council's Global Midwest Initiative, at www.globalchicago.org.

About The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Founded in 1998, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is a not-for-profit research institute with a mission to improve the human condition through plant science. Research at the Danforth Center will feed the hungry and improve human health, preserve and renew the environment, and enhance the St. Louis region and Missouri as a world center for plant science. The Center’s work is funded through competitive grants and contract revenue from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Agency for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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