Past Event

Pandemics and People: Contagion in the U.S. from Smallpox to Coronavirus

June 6, 2020
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Join Dean of the Postbac Premed Program James Colgrove '01MSPH, '04GSAS for a faculty lecture on the history of pandemics. The medical and epidemiological calamity of coronavirus has forced the U.S. to confront challenges that are unprecedented in our lifetime. These challenges are not new in our country’s history, however. For more than a century and a half after the country’s founding, epidemics of frightening deadly diseases routinely swept through cities and states, disrupting social and economic activity and tearing at the fabric of life. This interactive lecture places the current health crisis in historical context and examines the enduring scientific, ethical, and political challenges it raises. The event link will be emailed to registered guests 24 hours prior to this event. About: James Colgrove ’01 MSPH, ’04 GSAS has been a valued member of the Columbia community for many years, having graduated with an M.P.H and Ph.D. from the university, and, later, becoming a faculty member at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. He currently serves as the Dean of the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at GS. Most recently, Dean Colgrove served as the Director for the Master’s Program in Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman. As an accomplished scholar, teacher, and author, Dean Colgrove’s research focuses on examining the relationship between individual rights and the collective well-being, and the social, political, and legal processes through which public health policies have been mediated in American History. He is well known for his popular undergraduate course, Social History of American Public Health, and has written several books on public health including Epidemic City: The Politics of Public Health in New York (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011) and State of Immunity: The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth-Century America (University of California Press, 2006). His work has also been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, Science, Health Affairs, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

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