"From Civil War to Ebola: Mental Health in Post-Crisis Africa"

Sep 23, 2016, 12:00 pm1:30 pm
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall
Free & open to the public


Event Description

Global Health Colloquium

Molly Knight Raskin and Ben Niles

MOLLY KNIGHT RASKIN is a freelance writer, reporter and producer for national media organizations including the NewsHour on PBS. She is also author of the book “No Better Time; The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet” (Da Capo Press, 2013), and producer of the independent documentary film “Still We Rise” about a group of health workers in Liberia, West Africa.

Molly writes frequently about health and science, with a special interest in psychology and global health. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Scientific American Mind, Global Post and Psychology Today. For her health coverage Molly has been honored with a 2007 Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism and the 2010 American Psychoanalytic Association’s Award for Excellence in Journalism. She also serves on the advisory board of Strong Minds, a non-profit group treating depression in Uganda.

Since 2011, Molly has been producing stories in East and West Africa – reporting on topics including poaching, terrorism and the health crisis in Liberia before Ebola. She’s currently producing a medical documentary series for MSNBC.

Molly earned her MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and her BA from the University of Virginia. She lives outside New York City with her husband and two young daughters.

BEN NILES is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His film, “Note By Note (The Making of Steinway L1037),” (IFP 2005) won top honors at the Sarasota Film Festival, was nominated for an IDA award and selected to the prestigious American Film Showcase, and has screened in over 30 countries. It has now been translated into 5 languages and has aired nationally on PBS since 2009. His most recent film Some Kind of Spark (IFP 2012) was also selected to the American Film Showcase and will premiere on PBS in the fall of 2016. He is currently co-directing “Still We Rise” with producer Molly Raskin, a film about mental health in Liberia.

Commercially, he brings his documentary approach to produce videos for Ford, Razorfish, J. Walter Thompson and The PBS NewsHour and has worked with artists including Amy Ray of Indigo Girls, Punch Brothers, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., Jason Moran, Lang Lang, Helene Grimaud and Rufus Wainwright. In his earlier years as an Art Director in the record industry, Ben created album packages for Collective Soul (Entertainment Weekly’s Best 100 Album Covers 2000), Jewel, Jon Brion, Hootie and the Blowfish, celebrated box-sets for Phish and George Carlin, and packages and identities for jazz musicians Cyrus Chestnut, James Carter and Henry Butler.

A graduate of the University of Georgia at Athens, Ben attended UGA’s prestigious Cortona program, an intensive fine arts study-abroad program located in Cortona, Italy.

Lunch will be served beginning at 11:45am

Join us for a post-colloquium discussion from 1:30 to 3pm, 035 Robertson Hall

Organized by the Global Health Program.
Sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School's Center for Health & Wellbeing.