"Critical Global Health: How the Ebola Outbreak Called Global Health Science, Politics, and Care into Question"

Oct 2, 2015, 12:00 pm1:30 pm
Bowl 1, Robertson Hall
Free & open to the public


Event Description

Global Health Colloquium


Raphael Frankfurter, Executive Director of the Wellbody Alliance, Sierra Leone, and MD/PhD Candidate at the University of California, San Francisco

Adia Benton, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University

Frederick Martineau, MD, Coordinator of the Ebola Anthropology Response Platform and PhD Candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


João Biehl, Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Global Health Program at Princeton University


When the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak ravaged communities in the Western African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, officials and experts were utterly unprepared. On the heels of this prolonged outbreak and improvised response efforts, scholars and activists are looking for answers to why the global health community, national governments, and health systems were so deeply ill-equipped to respond, what could have gone differently, and how health systems and pandemic preparedness can be strengthened to prevent future health crises.

Princeton’s Global Health Program will convene a panel of critical social scientists and activists to engage the University community on the social and political dimensions of the recent Ebola outbreak.

This colloquium is part of Princeton’s broader preparation for the Princeton-Fung Global Forum on Modern Plagues: Lessons Learned from the Ebola Crisis, to be held in Dublin, Ireland, November 2-3, 2015.  It will also be the culmination of two weeks of discussions on the history, social dynamics, science, and politics of the Ebola outbreak by students taking the course “Critical Perspectives in Global Health” (GHP 350).

Lunch to be served at 11:45 am.

The Colloquium will be followed by an informal discussion with the panelists, moderated by Alecia McGregor (Global Health Program) and Kim Bonner '08, MPA '12, in 035 Robertson Hall from 1:30-3:00 pm.

Organized by the Program in Global Health & Health Policy

Co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and its Center for Health & Wellbeing, and the Department of Anthropology.

** This event is free and open to the public, with priority seating for Princeton University students.**