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Former ambassador Hall to discuss fight against hunger

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, 4:30 p.m. 16 Robertson Hall

Tony Hall, a former U.S. ambassador and congressman nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to fight global hunger, will present a lecture titled "Changing the Face of Hunger" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Hall was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998, 1999 and 2001 for his humanitarian and hunger-related work. From 2002 to 2005, Hall served as ambassador to the United Nations agencies in Rome: the World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Before that, he was a Democratic U.S. congressman from Ohio from 1979 to 2002.

Now retired, Hall is the author of "Changing the Face of Hunger: The Story of How Liberals, Conservatives, Republicans, Democrats and People of Faith Are Joining Forces in a New Movement to Help the Hungry, the Poor and the Oppressed."

As a congressman, Hall was the chairman of the House Select Committee on Hunger and the Democratic Caucus Task Force on Hunger and founded the Congressional Friends of Human Rights Monitors. He wrote legislation supporting food aid, child survival, basic education, primary health care, microenterprise and development assistance programs in the world's poorest countries. Hall also founded and served as chairman of the Congressional Hunger Center, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to fighting hunger by developing leaders.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion as part of their series on "The Crossroads of Religion and Politics."

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