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Plenary Speaker

Art Simon
Founder and President Emeritus of Bread for the World

Art Simon is founder and president emeritus of Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. He served for almost two decades as Bread's chief executive officer and remains a committed advocate for hungry people.

Simon has received a number of awards and honorary degrees, including a Presidential Award for lifetime achievement against hunger. His book, Bread for the World, won the national Religious Book Award and was described by the late Nobel Prize economist, Gunnar Myrdal, as a "clear and convincing" analysis of world hunger. Simon is the author of several previous books, including How Much Is Enough? Hungering for God in an Affluent Culture and Rediscovering the Lord's Prayer. He co-authored The Politics of World Hunger with his brother, the late Sen. Paul Simon, and Grace at the Table: Ending Hunger in God's World with Rev. David Beckmann.

Simon is an alumnus of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and Dana College, Blair, NE. He was pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church on New York's Lower East Side, a densely populated low-income area, from 1961 to 1972, where the idea for Bread for the World first formed. Simon was born and raised in Eugene, OR. His father was a social justice advocate who spoke out against the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Both Art and his older brother, Paul, followed their father's example. The father of four adult children, Simon lives with his wife, Shirley, in Maryland.
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