Agriculture and the Future of the Consumer
Feb. 21, 2008
Lowell Catlett is dean of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics at New Mexico State University. He holds the New Mexico State University Regents Professorship in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and is a 1990 winner of the Westhafter Award for Teaching, NMSU's top faculty honor. He has been a consultant for the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Defense, and Labor and has traveled internationally to consult and speak on new technologies and their implications for the way we live and work. Catlett received his PhD in economics at Iowa State University.
In 1858 knowledge was doubling approximately every 100 years while today it doubles approximately every 16 months. Thus, a farmer/citizen plucked from 1700 and placed in the world of 1858 would have had little adjustment to make, yet a farmer/citizen of 1858 placed in the world of 2008 wouldn't know where to begin. The world of 2158 is, to be sure, unknowable - but it can be dreamed. Catlett will walk the audience through potential futures and how to prepare to make the next 150 years the most phenomenal in history.
Sun Room, Memorial Union
College of Agriculture and Lifre Sciences Committee on Lectures (funded by GSB)