2011 September Monthly Meeting
28th September, 2011

Date:         Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Place:      The Ebell of Los Angeles, 743 S. Lucerne Boulevard, 
Los Angeles, California 90005

Time:         Reception: 12:00pm, Lunch: 12.30pm

Speaker:     Dr. H. Eric Schockman

Topic:        Addressing food insecurity and hunger as a source of global geopolitical insecurity.


Dear LACC Members and Friends,

The Hon. Jorge Lapsenson – Dean of the Los Angeles Consular Corps and the Executive Committee cordially invite all members of the Corps, Trade /Tourism Commissioners to attend our September, 2011 Luncheon.

The reception will begin at 12:00 noon. The LACC welcomes the participation of accredited designees, trade/tourism commissioners, and Protocol and Liaison officers.

Note: Newly arrived Chef de Posts and accredited staff will be welcomed and introduced. Departing Chef de Posts will be recognized. 

Reservations:     By phone to Ms. Deanne Neiman, 310-393-2531, or by email to ggochin@consulateoftogo.com by September 22nd. Please forward your check in the amount of $50 for members, and $65 for non members, checks payable to the ‘Los Angeles Consular Corps’, are to be mailed to. LACC Inc., Care of: Consulate of Burkina Faso, 214 23rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90402.
(Reservations must be honored unless they are cancelled at least 48 hours in advance).

Grant Arthur Gochin
Secretary of the Consular Corps and
Honorary Consul of Togo. 

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Dr. H. Eric Schockman

  H. Eric Schockman, Ph.D. is the President and founder of the Global Hunger Foundation.  He served as CEO and president of a prestigious international anti-hunger organization for over a decade pumping out some $60 million in grants to the field and helping to pass major public policy legislation.

A public policy expert and an authority on hunger and poverty issues, Dr. Schockman previously served as Associate Dean/Associate Professor of Political Science for the University of Southern California.  He was also a top consultant to the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles City Council.  Dr. Schockman was the founder of the National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO), an alliance of all major national anti-hunger organizations in the United States.  Additionally, Dr. Schockman is a member the National Interfaith Hunger Director`s Committee. He was on the founding board of directors of the Global FoodBanking Network. He currently sits on the California Post Secondary Education Commission and serves as its Chair, an appointment made by ex Governor Schwarzenegger. 

Appointed by then California State Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa, Eric has also served on the Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan, independent body whose function is to promote efficiency, effectiveness and economy in State programs.  He served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, teaching agricultural and sustainable development.

Dr. Schockman speaks before elected officials, professional and community organizations across the country and is frequently quoted in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, CNN, NPR and other national publications and electronic media.

He has also written several books and edited many articles on politics in California, the nation and international affairs, and presented on panels on these same topics. 

Dr. Schockman holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California. 

Topic: Addressing food insecurity and hunger as a source of global geopolitical insecurity.

Hunger and malnutrition are the number one contributor to high mortality rates around the world. The human toll is staggering: each year more people die from hunger and related diseases than from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Every six seconds a child dies of hunger. At the same time, governments are finding that food insecurity has become a de-stabilizing political force, with over 30 counties last year confronting `food riots`. Also terrorists cells have been able to exploit these conditions, producing more `ground-soldiers` and sympathetic warriors for their causes. Will a neo-Malthusian (man-made or nature driven) scenario develop that undermines the established global order?