Seminar Series

The Health and the Public Interest Virtual Seminar Series

The Health and the Public Interest Seminar Series is a forum in which Georgetown students, faculty, and the general public engage with key leaders in healthcare research, policy, and advocacy. Seminar topics may include topics such as cross-cultural views of disease, cultural change and health, the medicalization of normal life, corporate shaping of discourse about illness, the regulation of medical products, placebo effects, symptom formation and healing, the high costs of drugs, creating new diseases, and the opioid epidemic.

The Seminar Series is open to prospective students, the Georgetown community, and interested members of the general public. The 75-minute-long virtual lectures are held on Wednesdays from 12pm to 1:15pm EST. Speakers usually present for 30 minutes to an hour leaving time for questions and discussion.

Spring 2024 Seminar Series Schedule

January 24th 12:00pm-1:15pm EST, Peter Whitehouse, MD, PhD, People, Planet and Profit: Health in a Time of Polycrisis

January 31st 12:00pm-1:15pm EST, Judy Waxman, JD, Will Women Ever Have Control Over Their Own Bodies?

February 7th 12:00pm-1:15pm EST, Rachel Taylor, Climate Change, Health and Equity: A Call to Action

February 14th 12:00pm-1:15pm EST, John Quattrochi, Sc.D, Health Impacts of DRCongo’s national rural water and sanitation program: evidence from an RCT

February 28th 12:00pm-1:15pm EST, Anand Parekh, MD, Making Prevention the Nation’s Top Health Policy Priority

March 27th 12:00pm-1:15pm EST, A Fireside Chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Watch the recording from link

April 3rd 12:00pm-1:15pm EST, Arlando “Tray” Jones III, Finding Hope in Nihilism

April 10th 12:00pm-1:15pm EST, Claire Bartholomew, JD, Introduction to Pregnancy Criminalization

April 17th 12:00pm-1:15pm EST, Colin Carlson, PhD, Hotter, sicker, everywhere, all at once: Re-conceptualizing infectious disease epidemiology for a +1.2° warmer world

You can find recordings from our past seminars on our Youtube channel. Fall 2023 speakers included Matthew Biel, MD on “Trauma, Adversity, and Social Determinants of Mental Health”; Neal Barnard, MD on “When Foods Work Like Medicines: Integrating Nutrition Into Clinical Care”; and Shawneequa Callier, JD on “Justice & Equity Considerations in Precision Medicine and Public Health Research”.

Past speakers include Lucille Adams-Campbell PhD, Gary Schwitzer from Health News Review, Sara Rosenbaum JD, and Joel Teitelbaum JD from George Washington University, Peter Lurie of Center for Science in the Public Interest, and Cindy Pearson from National Women’s Health Network. 

Rob Wipond

Puya Jafari

Kelly Clark