Hannah Arendt Center and Citizen Science Program present:
Learning from the West African Ebola Epidemic: The Role of Governance in Preventing Epidemics
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Carnegie Council for Ethics In International Affairs, NYC
10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Students settle in at the Carnegie Center before the conference
Conference speakers Frank Mahoney and Michael Osterholm
Audience members prepare for the conference
Roger Berkowitz opens the conference
Wilmot James opens the first panel discussion
Wilmot James and conference speaker Andrew C. Weber
Audience members listen in on the discussion between Wilmot James and Andrew C. Weber
Attendees participate in a Q&A with conference speakers
Wilmot James answers a conference attendees' question
Michael Osterholm examines the history of the Ebola epidemic
Roger Berkowitz and Michael Osterholm in conversation
Janusz Paweska poses a question to the panel
Speakers Helene Epstein and Amy Savage with Roger Berkowitz and Wilmot James
Speaker Frank Mahoney presents his talk
Bard student attendees gather for a photograph
Frank Mahoney in discussion with Helen Epstein
Speaker Michael Osterholm presents a question
Frank Mahoney wrapping up his panel discussion with Helen Epstein
Janusz Paweska presents to the conference
Amy Savage and Janusz Paweska in discussion
A panel discussion with Kristina Talbert-Slagle, Theresa Whalen and Wilmot James
Conference speaker Theresa Whalen in conversation
Amy Savage is the Director of the Citizen Science Program and Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Bard College. At Bard College, Dr. Savage directs Citizen Science, a core curricular academic experience intended to develop and elevate scientific literacy of the College’s first-year class. Emphasis is placed on identifying different forms of evidence and its appropriate use, and the tools used to gather, interpret, evaluate and communicate scientific data. Engagement with scientific critical thinking embedded in the societal context in which science occurs is foundational for subsequent work in the sciences, as well as for informed decision making outside of the classroom. Dr. Savage is a molecular parasitologist specializing in zoonotic and vector borne infections of medical and veterinary importance. Her doctoral and postdoctoral work focused on the human and animal pathogen, Trypanosoma Brucei, the causative agent of a fatal neurological disease endemic to sub-Saharan Africa.VIEW MORE >>
Ms. Whelan currently serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). She brings to the position over twenty-eight years of experience as a career civil servant in the defense intelligence, defense policy and national intelligence communities, twenty two of which have been focused on African issues. Her prior leadership positions include those of National Intelligence Officer for Africa on the National Intelligence Council, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Homeland Defense Domains and Defense Support to Civil Authorities, DASD for Defense Continuity and Crisis Management and DASD for African Affairs. Other positions in OSD included those of Principal Director for African Affairs, NATO Team Chief on the Balkans Task Force and Countries Director for Southern Africa and West Africa respectively.
Welcome & Introduction
Wilmot James, MP SA and Roger Berkowitz, HAC Bard College
10:15 AM, Keynote 1: Andrew Weber
Former Deputy Coordinator Ebola Response, US Department of State
Moderator: Wilmot James
[40 min presentation; 20 min Q&A]
11:15 AM, Keynote 2: Michael Osterholm
Moderator: Roger Berkowitz, Bard College
[40 min presentation; 20 min Q&A]
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM: Lunch Break12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Lunch will not be provided, however, there are plenty of local options to choose from near the Carnegie Council. We'll provide a list of suggestions at the Registration Table.
1:15 PM: Session on Trust
Frank Mahoney, CDC Atlanta,
In conversation with Helen Epstein (Bard College)
[40 min of conversation. 20 min Q&A]
2:15 PM: Session on Outbreak Prediction
In conversation with Amy Savage (Bard College)
[40 min of conversation. 20 min Q&A]
3:15 PM: Short Break3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
3:45 PM: Closing Session: Where to from Here?
Muhammad Pate (Former Minister of Health, Nigeria; Duke University)
Theresa Whelan, (Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict)
Kristina Talbert-Stagle (Yale Global Health Leadership Institute)
In conversation with Wilmont James
5:15 PM: Closing Remarks
Wilmot James, MP SA and
Roger Berkowitz, Academic Director
Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College
NEW YORK CITY
170 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065-7478
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Bard Students (Annandale)The Citizen Science Program will organize a bus from Bard to NYC for those students who are interested in attending the one-day conference. You must sign up. Please visit RKC 202 to place your name on the list. If you have any questions, please contact the Citizen Science Program at Phone: 845-752-2369 (or) [email protected]
This conference is Sold Out. Walk-ins are not guaranteed entrance on the day of the conference, which will depend on available seating. If you wish to be placed on the waitlist, click the link below. You'll be notified if space opens due to possible cancellations. Free & Open to the public.
Wednesday, March 30
[One day before the conference] Bard College's Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) Program and CEU-NY Alumni Associations present a conversation with Dr. Wilmot James and discussant Professor Drew Thompson of Bard College's programs in Africana and Historical Studies. This event is co-sponsored and hosted by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice.
The Honorable Dr. Wilmot James is collaborating with the Hannah Arendt Center to host the Ebola Conference on March 31st. He is a noted South African academic-turned-politician, who currently is an a Member of Parliament for the Democratic Alliance (DA). He was born in Paarl in 1953. Dr. James serves as the country's Shadow Minister of Basic Education and is the Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance. He is an Honorary Professor of Sociology (University of Pretoria) and in the Division of Human Genetics (University of Cape Town). He is also chairperson of the board of the Africa Genome Education Institute.
James has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1982) and a B.A. (Hons) cum laude from the University of the Western Cape (1977). He has held visiting positions at Yale University, Indiana University, American Bar Foundation (Chicago), the California Institute of Technology, and Edinburgh University. He served as chairperson of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and the Immigration Advisory Board of South Africa. He is also a former trustee of the New York-based Ford Foundation.
*This event will not be held at BGIA's 39th Street location.*
Location: 42 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036 (MAP)
RSVP Here for "South Africa and the World"
For more information: , or e-mail [email protected], or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1807596969467611/.
“Learning From the West African Ebola Epidemic” is a one-day conference in New York City exploring the hypothesis that building public trust in effective organizations is essential for fighting health crises such as Ebola. The conference is grounded in the Global Health Security Agenda that seeks to accelerate progress towards a world safe from infectious disease. Specifically, the Global Health Security Agenda seeks to:
- Prevent avoidable epidemics;
- Detect threats early; and
- Respond rapidly and effectively.
The one-day conference will take place on Thursday, March 31st at the Carnegie Council in New York City 170 E 64th St, New York, NY 10065. The conference will bring together academics, government officials, scientists, activists, and philanthropists concerned about global health and international development.
The Hannah Arendt Center’s mission is to encourage debate about contemporary ethical and political questions in the spirit of Hannah Arendt. Arendt worried that the greatest threat to American freedom was the rise of a technocratic bureaucracy that replaced thinking with calculation and inured government from its need to be responsible to the people. To combat the increasing sense of alienation and impotence in modern politics, Arendt argued that people must think for themselves and act freely in public.
The Carnegie Council is a forum for the world's leading thinkers, experts and decision makers. Each year, the Council convenes more than 80 public events. Through lectures, workshops, panel discussions, conferences, interviews, articles, and a wealth of free multimedia online resources, the Council has earned a reputation as an honest, objective voice for ethics in international affairs.
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016.
Schedule: 10am-6pm (See schedule tab)
Location: Carnegie Council for Ehics & International Affairs, NYC.
BARD COLLEGE STUDENTS (ANNANDALE)
The Citizen Science Program will organize a bus from Bard to NYC for those students who are interested in attending the one-day conference on March 31. If you are interested, you must sign up to reserve a seat. Please visit RKC 202 to place your name on the list. If you have any questions, please contact the Citizen Science Program at Phone: 845-752-2369 (or) [email protected]
Download: Ebola PosterVer6.pdf