In the 1930s drought and intensive farming in the Great Plains brought about dust storms, crop failure, and human misery in one of the worst ecological disasters in America’s history. The 2012 National Youth Summit will unpack this story and connect it with current issues of drought, agricultural sustainability, and national and global food security.
The Summit will feature segments from award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’s forthcoming NEH-funded film The Dust Bowl . Huffington Post science editor Cara Santa Maria will moderate a discussion with: Ken Burns, United States Department of Agriculture ecologist Debra Peters, and Glenn Roberts, farmer and owner of Anson Mills. Panelists will take questions from students participating in the Summit, and offer their own perspectives on what history can teach us about our relationship with the environment.
The October 17 discussion will be webcast from 1-2:15 p.m. EDT from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC, and will be joined by audiences at regional Youth Town Halls across the country. 
This event is presented by the National Museum of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities and WETA Television, in collaboration with Smithsonian Affiliations.
For webcast registration: http://nys.smithsonianconference.org/