Please join the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lectures Advisory Committee on Friday, March 17, 2023, atop Petit Jean Mountain for a lecture featuring:

This special event is open to the public and has no charge to attend, but prior registration is required, and space is limited.

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Securing Water and Food in a Changing World
      • Keynote lecture by Peter G. McCornick, Ph.D.
    • Arkansas Agricultural Producers Panel
      • Producers join moderator Dr. Deacue Fields, vice president for agriculture for the University of Arkansas System, to discuss innovative solutions to water use in Arkansas
  • 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
    • Lunch and networking

Professor Peter G. McCornick is the executive director of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, where he leads the institute in delivering on its vision of a water- and food-secure world, building its partnerships and collaborations in Nebraska, nationally in the US, and other key food-producing regions in the world. He is a tenured professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Robert B. Daugherty Chair of Water for Food.

With an international career focused on improving the sustainable management of water resources, he has led interdisciplinary research and development programs on water, agriculture and the environment in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Canada and the U.S.

Dr. McCornick is a licensed professional civil engineer in the State of Colorado and a member of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. Peter was recently elected to the Board of Governors of the World Water Council and is a member of the steering committee of the Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) initiative, a global partnership organized by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO).

Contact Person

Molly Thomason

Education & Evaluation Officermthomason@rockefellerinstitute.org(501) 727-6215