Vertical farming expert to speak at Drury on Thursday, Feb. 23

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 21, 2012 — Dr. Dickson Despommier (Day-Pom-ee-ay), author and environmental health expert, will speak with Drury students about the value of vertical farming on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Whether it is population or poverty, farming or food, Dr. Dickson Despommier wrote the book on addressing these issues. Despommier spent 38 years as a professor of microbiology and environmental health sciences at Columbia University. While there, he won the Best Teacher award six times. He has addressed audiences at leading universities including Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he has also been invited to speak at the United Nations. His book, The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century explores the problems associated with a growing population and shrinking farmland.

To learn more about vertical farming and to watch a Colbert Report appearance visit

Drury University’s 2011-2012 convocation series, The Changing Planet: Our Role in Nature’s Economy, considers human connections to the environment, while also examining potential solutions to current problems.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Sean Terry at (417) 873-6963.

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