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Wally Tyner, an energy economist at Purdue University who was honored in 2007 with an “Energy Patriot Award,” will be at UT Knoxville on Feb. 18 to discuss the global food supply.

The lecture, part of the Great Decisions Program, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Great Room of the International House.

The Great Decisions Program, coordinated by the Center for International Education and funded by the Ready for the World initiative, brings speakers from around the country to campus to address our nation’s most pressing foreign policy issues.

Other lectures in the series, all to be held at 7 p.m. in the Great Room of the International House, are:

March 11 – Wayne Smith, senior fellow and director of the Cuba Program at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C., “Cuba after Castro.”

March 25 – John Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, “The U.S. and Rising Powers.”

April 15 – Andrew Leonard, staff writer at and “How the World Works” blogger, “Energy and the Global Economy.”

Tyner is professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University. His research interests include energy, agricultural and natural resource policy analysis. His work in energy economics has encompassed oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale, biomass, ethanol from agricultural sources and solar energy. Most of his recent work has focused on economic and policy analysis for biofuels.

rftw-large1Internationally, his recent work has centered on agricultural trade and policy issues in developing economies, particularly in the Middle East, North Africa and West Africa. Tyner has extensive overseas experience in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and central and eastern Europe including short-term assignments in 17 countries. He also has long-term overseas experience in India and Morocco. He is fluent in French.

Tyner and his students have received research awards from Purdue and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). In 2005, Tyner received the AAEA Distinguished Policy Contribution Award. In 2007, he received the “Energy Patriot Award” from Sen. Richard Lugar for his work on energy policy analysis.

Tyner is author or co-author of three books: “Energy Resources and Economic Development in India”; “Western Coal: Promise or Problem” (with R. J. Kalter); and “A Perspective on U.S. Farm Problems and Agricultural Policy” (with Lance McKinzie and Tim Baker). He also has written more 200 professional papers.

All Great Decisions lectures are free. However, for $45 participants get parking for all four events, a resource book published by the Foreign Policy Association and an invitation to the receptions following the lectures.

For more information about this event or to arrange disability accommodations, contact the International House at (865) 974-4453.