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Daniel Glickman      

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; Former Congressman (D-KS); Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center

Secretary Dan Glickman is the former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture under President Clinton, a former Congressman (D-KS) of 18 years, and the former chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

He is chairman of the U.S. Global Coalition, which looks at global economic policy, and on the board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the biggest exchange for derivatives. In this respect, he is well acquainted with Dodd Frank, the challenges for the financial services industry, and economic policy. He is also co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Commission on Political Reform, whose recent report and recommendations have received extensive publicity in the New York Times, POLITICO and the Washington Post. It was also a major theme of the Aspen Ideas Festival. Glickman addresses politics, political reform, food security, national security and economic policy. Through the lens of “food security,” Glickman brings a unique viewpoint to many of the policies and issues facing our global community and domestic economy and explains how food and the world’s food supply is at the center of almost every geopolitical relationship. He served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1995–2001. Under his leadership, the department administered farm and conservation programs, modernized food safety regulations, forged international trade agreements to expand U.S. markets, and improved its commitment to fairness and equality in civil rights. Before that, Glickman served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. During that time, he was a member of the House Agriculture Committee, including six years as chairman of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over farm policy issues. Moreover, he was an active member of the House Judiciary Committee, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and a leading congressional expert on general aviation policy.

Dan Glickman is the executive director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program and a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center. The Aspen Institute Congressional Program is a nongovernmental, nonpartisan educational program for members of the United States Congress. Legislators are brought together with internationally-recognized academics, experts, and leaders to study the issues and explore various policy alternatives. The BPC promotes bipartisan solutions to the country’s problems and civility in government. There, he co-chairs the center’s Democracy Project and its Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative.

Glickman was also the director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Political Outlook and the Politics of Reform

With 18 years in Congress and his experience at the Aspen Institute Congressional Program and the Bipartisan Policy Center, Secretary Dan Glickman offers audiences an insider’s look at the top issues in politics and addresses the political dysfunction in Washington, analyzing the current environment, explaining the causes of our political stalemates, and offering ideas for fixing the country’s congressional gridlock. From increasing voter participation in primaries and ensuring a fair process for drawing congressional districts to tackling the money in politics and adopting a biennial budget cycle, he offers hard-hitting insights combined with common sense solutions to will help get our political system back on track.

Food Security and Geopolitics.

Through the lens of “food security,” Glickman brings a unique viewpoint to many of the policies and issues facing the global community and America’s domestic economy and explains how food and the world’s food supply is at the center of almost every geopolitical relationship. He details food security is in our global interest, as if affects the stability of countries around the world. Glickman also explains how this issue affects and is affected by almost every event in the world, from conflicts and disease to energy, transportation, and bioscience. It is so important that during the most recent G8 Summit, food security was one of the three main topics discussed.

Public Health, Agriculture, and the Obesity Epidemic.

With his experience on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative, the Institute of Medicine’s programs on childhood obesity, and his overall work in public health, agriculture policy, and food security, Dan Glickman addresses the obesity epidemic and how it relates to public health and the economy.

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