Public Events

Conversations — The Future of Education: Going for the Gold in East St. Louis

August 25, 2022
5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

The Danforth Center has joined forces with the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to launch the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition (JJK FAN) Innovation Center in East St. Louis. This new initiative provides youth a clear pathway from pre-K to careers in the agriculture and food sciences. Students will be empowered to transform their lives through plant science and agriculture while simultaneously transforming their community from a food desert into a food oasis. Join four-time Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Chancellor Dr. Robert Jones, and President Dr. Jim Carrington at the Danforth Center to learn more about this groundbreaking project!

This event is free to the public, but reservations are required. Virtual option is available. 


5:15 PM Networking Reception • Cash Bar
(Danforth Center donors receive complimentary drink tickets)

6:00–7:00 PM Presentation

Danforth Center Highlights – Education

Media Sponsor


Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Olympian; Founder

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation

Robert J. Jones, PhD


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jim Carrington, PhD

President and CEO

Danforth Center

Sarah Fenske (moderator)

Executive Editor

Euclid Media Group

What to expect

Conversations is a series of free panel discussions organized by the Danforth Center Friends Committee. Since 2003, Conversations has offered the public the opportunity to learn about the world of the Center and its partners.

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center cares about your health and the public well-being. See our current COVID-19 protocols here.

Attendee Notice of Release
By entering the Danforth Center for this event, you acknowledge that you are providing your consent to be photographed, filmed, and otherwise have your likeness or voice recorded for use by the Danforth Center in any and all media materials, including websites and in other marketing or educational materials, in perpetuity.


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