UW News

September 28, 2006

Global Lecture Series to start

Inadequate health care and conditions result in millions of deaths each year from preventable diseases. The 2006 UW Global Lecture Series, A Just Cause: Bringing Health Care to All, examines the effects of social, economic and political issues on global health and presents options for facilitating change in such areas as human rights and health inequities and pandemics.

Distinguished faculty and community members from the fields of social work, international affairs, anthropology, law and medicine will participate in the series, scheduled for Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 25.

  • The series begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in 130 Kane. Fairness and Factions in Health is an examination of how issues of access, culture, trade, finance and regulation affect world health care, human rights, and health inequities. The panelists are Karina Walters, William B. and Ruth Gerberding Endowed Professor, School of Social Work; Angelina Godoy, assistant professor, Jackson School of International Studies; Rachel Chapman, assistant professor, anthropology; and Beth Rivin, research associate professor in the School of Law, program director for the Global Health and Justice Project, and vice president of Uplift International.
  • The second lecture, The Threat of Pandemic Influenza: How Can We Stop the Spread? is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. School of Public Health and Community Medicine professors Ann Marie Kimball and Ira Longini will discuss the health risks and vulnerabilities of tourism and global trade. Kimball is professor of epidemiology and health services and director of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Emerging Infections Network. Longini is professor of biostatistics and biomathematics.
  • An exploration of the forces that impact the ability to provide basic health care to citizens in a global society is the subject of the series’ third lecture. The Promise of Health for All: Are U.S. Policies Making It Harder to Achieve? is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in 130 Kane. Speakers are Sanjeeve Khagram, faculty director of the UW Marc Lindenberg Center and Steve Gloyd, director, International Health Program, professor, Health Services and adjunct professor, Family Medicine.
  • The series culminates with the Provost Distinguished Lecture, HIV: In Your Global Neighborhood at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in 130 Kane. Dr. King Holmes, chair of the Department of Global Health and director of the Center for AIDS and STD, will address options for treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and the policy implications of those choices. Afterward, Holmes will be joined in a panel discussion by William Gates Sr., co-chair of the Gates Foundation, and Phyllis Wise, UW provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The UW Global Lecture Series is presented by the UW Alumni Association. To register for the series, go to www.uwalum.com.