World Bank's Zoellick to visit University of Delaware

Robert B. Zoellick, president of the World Bank, will be on the University of Delaware campus Wednesday for a “conversation” as part the school’s Global Agenda series on how the rest of the world views the United States.

Zoellick won’t be giving a speech so much as answering questions posed by Ralph Begleiter, director of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication, and those in the audience.

One topic that should come up is food prices, as their increase has been a contributing factor in the ongoing unrest in the Middle East. The World Bank’s Food Price Index shows prices to be 29 percent higher than a year ago.

In remarks last month, Zoellick said global food prices “are now at dangerous levels.”

Zoellick, a 1975 graduate of Swarthmore College, served in the State Department and was U.S. Trade Representative during President George W. Bush's administration. He became president of the Washington, D.C.-based World Bank in July 2007.

The free and open to the public event will be held in Mitchell Hall on South College Avenue in Newark, Del., from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.