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Wheaton College Symposium in Human Needs and Global Resources

In 2005 Wheaton College received a generous endowment from the John Deere Foundation to hold an annual Symposium in Human Needs and Global Resources. The intent of the grant is to advance the critical thinking needed to address world hunger through agricultural and economic development. This will be accomplished by engaging faculty and students in strategically thinking through the theoretical and practical challenges of global economic, social, and political development, including themes in both rural and urban contexts, relating to world hunger, food production, agriculture, water resources, urbanization, environment, health and conflict.

2023-2024 HNGR Symposium: Boarders, Belonging, and New Creation

For the Fall 2023 HNGR Symposium, we will consider how borders figure into our thinking, imagining, relating, and living. How does our bordering - our actions of border-making - shape our practices of belonging? How might our anticipated future of new creation influence our present-day border practices?

The Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) at Wheaton College presents "Borders, Belonging and New Creation: Fall 2023 Symposium in Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) on October 3-5, 2023. Join us for the Symposium plenary panel Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 7:00 PM, in Meyer Science Center, Room 145 Buyse Lecture Hall. The plenary panel will include theologians, climate activists, and artists from Memoria Indígena, an organization that works to recognize and record the voices and histories of Indigenous Christians in Latin America. Light refreshments will be served following the event. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Laura Atkinson at 630.752.5199 or


HNGR Symposium Archives

Learn about past symposiums going all the way back to 2006.