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The Highlighter: Three Books on World Hunger

Welcome to “The Highlighter,” where we’ll be exploring the various new and old services and resources available through the Falvey!


On Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6pm, Falvey Memorial Library will host a Q&A Panel titled “Local Perspectives on Global Hunger” in Speakers’ Corner. While details of the event continue to come in, I’d like to take this week’s “Highlighter” as an opportunity to bring some of our resources on world hunger to you. Here are three books you might read to prepare for the event:

  1. World Hunger: Twelve Myths” by Lappé and Collins

Foremost among these myths: hunger in other parts of the world does not affect the people back here in the states. Give this book a read to see how two experts make the argument that solidarity with the hungry rather than distance from the problem may help bring about a resolution.

  1. Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime: Food Security and Globalization” by Runge, Senauer, Pardey and Rosegrant

Why is it that parts for my cell phone can readily be shipped from around the world, but food can’t be readily shipped to parts of the world that are suffering with hunger? This data-driven and factual account of world hunger might help you answer similar questions. Don’t be turned off, though, by its mathematical analysis; its prose is as easy to read as any book on such a heavy topic.

  1. The Atlas of World Hunger” by Bassett and Winter-Nelson

Not your typical atlas, this reference work combines startling visuals with concrete information to help you conceptualize the scope of the problem. If you find yourself pressed for time and want a couple of quick rundowns before the event on Wednesday, this might be your best bet.

If you find yourself particularly persuaded by the arguments and details in these books, you might consider researching more in-depth on Falvey’s databases, where you’ll find an almost innumerable amount of information on world hunger. Might we suggest a visit to Humanities Librarian Robert LeBlanc or Political Science and Geography & the Environment (and many other topics) Librarian Merrill Stein?


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Article by William Repetto, a graduate assistant in the Communication and Marketing Dept. at the Falvey Memorial Library. He is currently pursuing an MA in English at Villanova University.


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