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Global Health and Pandemics: A World Reshaped by COVID-19

September 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

The 2020-2021 Foreign Policy Forum series is presented by Hitachi Healthcare Americas.

Wednesday September 23, 2020 from 6:00-7:15 PM

Join CCWA for our first Foreign Policy Forum of the 2020-2021 season as we host a virtual conversation on global health and the COVID-19 pandemic with Thomas Bollyky. Mr. Bollyky is at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he serves as director of the global health program and senior fellow for global health. He will discuss advancements in health and urbanization over the past century and the ways in which the world has been made more vulnerable over time to emerging pathogens and plagues, like COVID-19. After a brief look at the past, Mr. Bollyky will talk about this pandemic, its spread, overall impact, and future implications for the U.S. and the world.

Thomas J. Bollyky is director of the Global Health program and senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University. Mr. Bollyky is the author of the book Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways. The book has been featured on PBS Newshour, BBC World, CNN, and NPR. Bill Gates has listed the book on the top of hireading list and Michael Bloomberg provided the cover endorsement: “Bollyky’s book can help to save many lives.” He is the founder and managing editor of Think Global Health, an online magazine that examines the ways health shapes economies, societies, and everyday lives around the world. He also directed the first CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force devoted to global health, The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low and Middle-Income Countries.

Mr. Bollyky has testified multiple times before the U.S. Senate, and his work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and the New York Times. He has served as a consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and as a temporary legal advisor to the World Health Organization. In 2013, the World Economic Forum named Mr. Bollyky as one of its global leaders under forty. Mr. Bollyky received a BA in biology and history from Columbia University and a JD from Stanford Law School.

To purchase Mr. Bollyky’s book, Plagues and the Paradox of Progress: Why the World is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways, click HERE.


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September 23, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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