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National Youth Summit Participants Examine Legacy of Dust Bowl Era

October 26, 2012 - The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Smithsonian recently examined the legacy of the Dust Bowl era through current issues of drought, agricultural sustainability, and global food security during a live, interactive discussion on October 17. The program was webcast from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to Youth Town Halls across the country as part of the National Youth Summit.

The National Youth Summit brings middle and high school students together with scholars, teachers, policy experts, witnesses to history, and activists in a national conversation about important events in America’s past that have relevance to the nation’s present and future. The program is an ongoing collaboration between the National Museum of American History, the National Endowment for the Humanities, PBS, and museums across the United States in the Smithsonian Affiliations network.

The summit included segments from award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ forthcoming NEH-funded film The Dust Bowl and a panel discussion, moderated by Huffington Post science editor Cara Santa Maria, and featuring: Ken Burns, Dust Bowl survivor Cal Crabill, U.S. Department of Agriculture ecologist Debra Peters, fifth-generation farmer Roy Bardole from Rippey, Iowa, and farmer and founder of Anson Mills, Glenn Roberts. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack welcomed the audience through a video statement. Panelists answered questions from students participating in the summit, and offered their own perspectives on what history can teach people about their relationship with the environment.

Additional information is available on the NEH website.

[Posted by: Erin Mosley]   

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