Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman talked about the evolution of American agricultural and food policy, the importance of resilience, and the importance of humor among public servants in a virtual conversation Wednesday.
The event, hosted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a part of its talk series “Voices in Leadership during Crisis,” was moderated by Walter C. Willett, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at HSPH.
The conversation started with a discussion of early influences on Glickman’s career. Glickman cited his parents’ nurturing as an element that led to his success.
“I had good parents,” he said. “I was lucky – they were unconditionally supportive. They also had this incredibly good sense of humor.”
Glickman said the sense of humor he learned had often helped him in tense circumstances in his own career, for example when facing down rotten-food-wielding protesters. Politicians today often lack…